Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

Campus is a long-time T-STEM academy. Last year, students in advanced classes were not cohorted. This year, no students are cohorted. The STEM principal and coordinator do not appear to be able to make any changes, so it is difficult to tell if they have a theory of change. Principal continues to state that they may not be T-STEM next year.

Goals:

  • Support the new engineering teacher
  • Attempt to get new math teachers (female engineers) involved in STEM to attract more girls
  • Create more after school and summer opportunities
  • Capitalize on the committees that the assistant principal sits on at two of the middle schools.
Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

Within the STEM classes, this campus offers many opportunities for real student engagement in engineering. 

Describe certifications
The academy would like to grow their certifications for accountability. But they do not believe they can affect which ones teachers will offer. This will be an ongoing topic in coaching.
Describe degrees
Students may earn a degree if they take the correct classes. This is completely up to the students.
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?

This was very difficult to ascertain.

  1. Secure funding for summer bridge.
  2. Discuss the shift in certifications for accountability. 
  3. Get resources for struggling teachers.
What tools or resources would be valuable to your campus to support your implementation of the blueprint?

None reported.

What have been your challenges and how have you addressed them?

This campus has been significantly challenged by their administration and the structure of the district.

  1. The academy students are only together during their engineering classes. There is no resource.
  2. Even though teachers are officially identified as STEM academy teachers, in reality, they do not actually teach STEM in the core classes. Principal reports that there is no remedy for this.
  3. The STEM academy has no money for travel. Therefore they do not participate in any network-wide events. Last year, they called the district to try to get funds for travel. Funding was denied.
  4. The funder of summer bridge has pulled their funding from the district. No money has been budgeted for any network events. The academy has no budget and does not expect (or want to) provide summer bridge.
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - please evaluate and describe
Disagree
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - describe
While the STEM classes use PBL, students do not receive PBL in any other class. Campus does not report any innovative instructional strategies.
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School uses technology effectively - describe
Campus continues to roll out a new LMS. This is the topic of many of their PLC sessions.
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - describe
Some students have internships. However they have to find the internships themselves.
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - describe
Academy has not been able to start an advisory board as they report that they do not have partners to make one up. The different academies have grouped together to create a whole-campus-wide advisory board. The principal and STEM director report that they will probably have time in small groups with different partners. They do not know which partners will be invited.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
The academy is located in a large urban comprehensive high school. They have adequate academic counseling and the typical support for any high school. There is no reported support for students in dual credit classes.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
The only time the academy meets as a staff or in PLCs is during their monthly late starts. However much of this time is taken up with PD on the LMS, not on learning actual instruction or in discussing student issues.
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Disagree
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - describe
It is completely incumbent on the student to register and succeed in dual credit classes.
Students may take AP courses.
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
Disagree
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - describe
There is no campus support for dual credit. Campus offers AP courses just like other HS campuses.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
This past summer, the campus offered a summer bridge for incoming freshmen. This was a change from the previous year when they didn't offer summer bridge because of funding.
This coming year, the campus does not believe they will be able to offer summer bridge due to funding. However the principal and STEM director did not seem to be inclined to push to find funding as the teachers would be paid to run the summer bridge.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
Students can do an internship. However the campus does not provide any particular support for this, nor does it provide partners for students to contact about internships.
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
In lieu of internships, students do capstone projects in their senior level STEM classes. Sometimes they have outside evaluators for their projects.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Disagree
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
The campus does not offer mentoring for students.
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - describe
Campus has F1, Robotics, Code to College, and Austin Energy Science Fair.
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

University of Texas - offers some support for projects. In 18-19, the STEM academy will work with UT on a Quantum Computing project along with the New Tech academy.

ACC - dual credit; as this is not coordinated by the school, no particular support was noted.

School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - describe

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) – Engineering Majors - three pathways


AE – Aerospace Engineering Major
CEA – Civil Engineering & Architecture Major
CIM – Computer Integrated Manufacturing Major

  • Concepts of Engineering and Technology
  • Digital Electronics
  • cientific Research & Design – Rockets
  • Engineering Design & Development

Biomed Pathway - one pathway

  • Principles of Biomedical
  • Human Body Systems
  • Medical Interventions
  • Biomedical Innovation
Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

Campus does not report any particular workforce or industry partnerships. They might be able to build some during their all campus advisory.

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Mission-Driven Leadership' (TSTEM)
4
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'STEM Culture' (TSTEM)
1
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Student Support' (TSTEM)
3
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Teacher Development and Support' (TSTEM)
2
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment' (T-STEM)
3
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Strategic Alliances' (TSTEM)
2
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Growth and Sustainability' (TSTEM)
2
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