Submitted by carol.gautier on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 19:05
Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths
  • PBL
  • Teacher Leadership
  • Adult Learning
Describe certifications
None are currently offered. They plan to offer:
Microsoft Graphics Design using Illustrator
CC Digital Imagining using Photoshop
CC Final Cut Pro
Describe degrees
None
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?
  • CCR Resources - posters of info from TEA that are required to be posted
  • ACC Support
What tools or resources would be valuable to your campus to support your implementation of the blueprint?

Nothing noted

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

This is the campus' second year. Most of the the teachers are new to teaching middle schools students (8th grade). Campus believes in continuous improvement through PLCs.

School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - describe
In its first year of existence and first year of STEM, the campus has wall-to-wall PBL in every class. Students have daily advisory and will stay with the same advisory group throughout high school.
Campus is a New Tech Campus.
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
Campus uses Google Classroom and has a large amount of virtual reality equipment.
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - describe
NASCENT Summer Fellowship program
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
School has advisory board in name only.
Dr. Mark Diaz Superintendent
Dr. Melissa Biergert School Board Member and Austin Community College Faculty
Steven Zipkes Principal CINGHS
Steven Zipkes President Advanced Reasoning In Education; Think Global PBL Academies
Stephanie Ehler Dean of Curriculum and Instruction
Les Simpson Technology Director
Stephanie Hart TSTEM Teacher
Risa Hartman Pre-College Education Director
Kim Hughes Director UTeach Institute
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
Students stay with same advisory teacher all four years.
Tiered instruction
Individualized PBL projects
Tutorials
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
Campus has Late Start Mondays for PLCs. Teachers can attend the New Tech Network and STEM conferences. Teachers participate in Advanced Reasoning in Education's Think Global PBL Academy.
Campus works with lead4ward.
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School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - describe
Campus is beginning to offer dual credit. As this is their second year, they are still building this program and strengthening their student body to take the courses.
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
Agree
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - describe
OnRamps
ACC - Classes on Cedars and on ACC's campuses which include use of their computer lab.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Disagree
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
One day camp with information about graduation pathways, STEM experiences, PBL, dual credit, and their LMS. Hands on experience and team building exercises. Dress code. Family dinner
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
Fellowship opportunity with UT Nascent's nano labs.
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
Virtual Reality Content, Robotics & Business Professionals of America, Video game club and Science and Nature Club.
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

Austin Community College - creating MOU which will include use of facilities; already using computer lab

The University of Texas Nascent (nanotechnology) - participation in summer camps; paid fellowships

UTeach - student teachers

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

As this is their second year, the campus is still building their program pathways.

Engineering

Robotics

Computer Science

 

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

Campus has few partners.

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Mission-Driven Leadership' (TSTEM)
2
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'STEM Culture' (TSTEM)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Student Support' (TSTEM)
7
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Teacher Development and Support' (TSTEM)
7
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment' (T-STEM)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Strategic Alliances' (TSTEM)
3
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Growth and Sustainability' (TSTEM)
5
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Program 16-17 AP Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
0
Program 16-17 DC Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
0