Submitted by carol.gautier on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 18:50
Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

Campus wishes to become a whole school STEM academy using STEM as their identity.

Theory of change: Leaders work through instructional team and offer them opportunities to grow their instruction. Campus is supportive of new teacher initiatives.

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

Leadership

STEM pathways

Describe certifications
Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) and Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) certifications are offered in the mechanical engineering pathway.

The Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) certifications are offered in the robotics pathway.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), and Mastercam software certifications are offered in the manufacturing pathway.
Describe degrees
N/A
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?

1. Transition to whole school STEM

2. Transition to PBL 

What tools or resources would be valuable to your campus to support your implementation of the blueprint?

1. Assistance with structuring the full school STEM initiative.

2. Clarifying and adding new pathways and filling out gaps.

3. PBL PD

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

After the first year of the academy, the principal of the school retired. During the second year, the leader was stretched very thin. As a result little was done. Then he left at the end of the year. Now the new principal and the original person who filled out the application are in charge of the program.

School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - describe
The academy has daily advisory where students can go to tutoring, learn study skills, and attend social-emotional learning activities.
Campus is beginning to use PBL again and it is being applied across campus.
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
Campus has a great engineering building with state of the art machinery. Campus is one to one.
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
Work based experiences happen within the school, not in internships. Few students in the program are old enough for internships.
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
Previously, the school has a variety of advisory board members including teachers, district personnel, high education, industry partners and parents. They assist with funding and equipment, finding pathways for students. Advisory Board and other partners attend Tech Talks which is a monthly speaker series where local STEM professionals share their career fields and answer questions for our students.
As the leader left, it remains to be seen if the advisory board will hold together.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
Campus has effective counseling for students in all pathways. They have a well-developed AVID program.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
Campus has long experience with PLCs through monthly late start days. Each department has a department chair and instructional coach.
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - describe
Campus offers dual and articulated credit with ACC, many AP courses, IB diploma and IB select certificate options.
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
Strongly Agree
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - describe
Campus has a long history of offering advanced opportunities for students.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
Campus offers 3 day Summer of Success bridge for incoming freshmen. They also offer a week-long STEM transition camp.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
In health-sciences only
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
In health-sciences only
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
not at this time
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - describe
FIRST and Vex robotics, Science Olympiad, Science Fair, TEDx Conferences, CANstruction, Hewlett Packard Code War, Lockheed Martin Code Quest, UIL Computer Science.
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

Austin Community College

The University of Texas at Austin

Texas A&M

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

The Mechanical Engineering Pathway Year 1: Principles of Applied Engineering Year 2: Engineering Design & Presentation I Year 3: Engineering Design & Presentation II Year 4: Engineering Design and Problem Solving. The Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) and Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) certifications are offered in the mechanical engineering pathway.

The Electrical Engineering Pathway Year 1: Principles of Applied Engineering Year 2: AC/DC Electronics Year 3: Digital Electronics Year 4: Scientific Research

The Software Engineering Pathway Year 1: Principles of Applied Engineering Year 2: Computer Programming Year 3: Advanced Programming Year 4: Computer Science

The Robotics Pathway Year 1: Principles of Applied Engineering Year 2: Scientific Research and Design 1 Year 3: Scientific Research and Design 2 Year 4: Scientific Research and Design 3 The Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) certifications are offered in the robotics pathway.

The Manufacturing Pathway Year 1: Principles of Manufacturing Year 2: Precision Metal Manufacturing I Year 3: Precision Metal Manufacturing II Year 4: Practicum in Manufacturing The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), and Mastercam software certifications are offered in the manufacturing pathway.

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

Boy Scouts of America

Flextronics

Seton Healthcare system

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Mission-Driven Leadership' (TSTEM)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'STEM Culture' (TSTEM)
4
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Student Support' (TSTEM)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Teacher Development and Support' (TSTEM)
4
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment' (T-STEM)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Strategic Alliances' (TSTEM)
7
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Growth and Sustainability' (TSTEM)
7
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