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					Report to GTEC Subcommittee
        on School Turnaround

            STEM Strategies

                     May 31, 2011

North Carolina New Schools Project
      All Students Graduate Ready for College, Work & Life

Established in 2003 as an initiative
of the Governor, the NC Education
Cabinet and the Gates Foundation.

To spark and support systemic, sustainable innovation in
secondary schools across the state so that all students
graduate prepared for college, work and life.
Leverage public and private leadership and resources to
facilitate school change aligned with economic and
workforce development.

       STEM History: 2004 - 2011
Inquiry and Project Based Learning
  Teachers lack knowledge of content & core instructional strategies
    especially in mathematics and literacy

Private Sector Collaborators
  IBM, Cisco, Nortel and others identify skills requirements, debate
    implications for STEM strategies

Strategic and Business Planning
  Key opinion leaders emphasize economic development, STEM

Initial STEM Schools
  Planning initiated by Gov. Easley & NC Gen Assembly
    Prototype schools provide evidence & inform & refine model

NCNSP STEM School Theory of Change

      STEM-focused curriculum
      Ties to private sector & IHEs
      Structured residency program
      Professional development

 Emerging schools
 Strong link to anchor schools                      Network
 Peer networks: common                              Schools
  Learning Management System
  & shared teaching resources

       Multiple school designs                                Schools
       Benefit from established, coherent
        curriculum, instruction, assessment,
        and professional development models
            - Residencies
            - Rounds model

                NCNSP STEM Vision
STEM Schools
   •   Provide the tools and space for exploration and invention;
   •   Foster a culture of collaborative inquiry among faculty and students.

STEM Curriculum
   •   Emphasizes connections within and between the fields of math and science;
   •   Heavily and meaningfully integrates technology;
   •   Introduces and engages students in the engineering design process;
   •   Highlights the role of STEM and engages students in learning through active
       solving of real problems;
   •   Regularly engages students in the global society and economy.

STEM Teaching
   •   Deep discourse, marked by discipline-based justifications;
   •   Beyond content knowledge
        − Values and cultivates creativity;
        − Develops problem solving, communication and collaboration skills.

                 NCNSP STEM Vision
STEM Teaching
   • Engages students in learning through active solving of real problems;
   • Regularly engages students in deep discourse, marked by discipline-based
   • Beyond content knowledge
       − Values and cultivates creativity,
       − Develops problem solving, communication and collaboration skills.

Beyond standard measures of achievement
   • Excitement about coming to school and enthusiasm for learning;
   • A passionate interest in the world;
   • Confidence and perseverance when faced with a challenge;
   • Ability to gather and analyze relevant information and synthesize
     knowledge and skills to solve authentic problems.

NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering

American Society of Agronomy
      Grand Challenge
  Double global food, feed, fiber, and fuel
  production on existing farmland by the end of
  the 21st century with production systems
  • enable food security;
  • use resources more efficiently;
  • enhance soil, water, and air quality,
    biodiversity, and ecosystem health; and
  • are economically viable and socially

      Example of Innovation
 Wake-NC State STEM Early College
 Challenge & support students to earn HS diploma
  and two years of college;
 Connect learning to societal challenges & needs;
 Emphasize on inquiry and application of content;
 Develop & disseminate future-oriented curriculum;
 Link to statewide network of STEM schools; and
 Host “residencies” for teachers & principals.

           Statewide Network
              STEM Schools
• Anchored to higher ed & private sector;
• Exploit NC scientific and cultural resources;
• Peer support linking:
  – Schools in different contexts/regions
  – Administrators and boards of education
• Leadership by State Board and NC DPI
• Support by “virtual” community
  – Social networking & curricular resources

  Initial Statewide STEM Networks
             and Anchors
Health & Life Sciences:
  Durham City of Medicine Academy & Duke Health

Engineering & Sustainability:
  Wake County Public Schools and NC State Early College

Biotechnology & Agriscience:
   Northeastern NC Regional Biotech/Ag Early College

Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing:
  Craven East STEM Early College

Statewide Networks of STEM Schools
     Deliverables – Curriculum
• Industry relevant curriculum, STEM skills;
   – Blend academic & career preparation
• Replicable models in all regions of NC;
• Performance based assessments linked to Common
• Platform to advance change in all schools;
   – All NC districts will be engaged;
• Link secondary strategies & economic development

Statewide Networks of STEM Schools
     Deliverables – Instruction
School-Embedded Rounds Model:
   Peer review and observation, emphasis on collaboration

Residency Programs:
  Structured, multi-day exposure to effective STEM

Common Instructional Framework:
  Core instructional strategies correlated with student
  engagement & rigor, especially math and literacy

Alternate Pathway for Teacher Licensure in STEM:
    New pipeline that incorporates above tools & skills.

          Potential Statewide Network of
                   STEM Schools

                NCNSP Innovative Schools
                STEM Schools
                Energy & Sustainability Network Schools              Anchor School

                Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing Network Schools
                Biotechnology & Agriscience Network Schools
                Health & Life Sciences Network Schools

STEM Network maps for illustrative purposes only

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