1. To professionalize the RAP-STEM Program to the level of role model in order for it to be shared and replicable and sustainable. The theory of change will involve producing publications of STEM-specific course work and leadership structure and funding structure. Each level model, elementary, middle, high school will have a framework that is published for best practices sharing. This will provide the sustainability required even with new staff members.
2. To continue to advance educational models to keep up with the modern learner. Interest changes with technology advancement.
3. To advance involvement in competitive teams, students, staff, parents, and community
1. For the first time, the Advisory Board was involved in a Family STEM Pathways Night. This event allowed families and students from 7 to 12 to meet with 6 key industries of Waco and the four colleges in the greater Waco area. This allowed parents and students to see the real cost of college in relation to the increased salaries available to college graduates. The increased trust relationship between the school and their parents and students increased greatly as seen by the conversations, the interest, and the enthusiasm for early college education.
2. 5.2.B To encourage stem electives at high school and middle school
Rapoport has 4 full time STEM teachers that has resulted in a wide variety of courses for its students and two CTE teachers at the high school that offer 17 different class options that are STEM elective options.
1. We need our teachers to be Google product certified.
2.Advance teacher training for PBL and other areas that challenge role model level teaching.(Student engagement, and active learning) consider setting up a forum that allows teachers to present problems with other teachers providing possible solutions.
3. The current level of interest is around a pooled area of resources being made available as a result of being a STEM/ECHS. (For example: Venier bridge testing systems that are used once a year costs thousands of dollar. If there were a pooling system to be able to borrow equipment and even pay a fee, then resources could be used at a maximum level. Three-D printers were bought last year at a cost of $12000. All are broken and even at that amount of money, that was not adequate equipment to support a full class. STEM could have a system that supports each other in using all of the new technology that will change in the upcoming years.
1. We actually need hand tools and fasteners. We have a set of one. STEM is all about engineering.
2. Schools could sharing their ideas of affording, and get donations from other sources.
3. While we are called a T-STEM Network, can the network be more effective in providing information, or making it more available?
4. Waco could be a place for a Regional meeting opportunities for Central Texas. Educate Texas could provide 4,5,6 school meetings in a closer area so child care, convenience is at the heart of decisions on networking.
5. Even Regional Meets cost gas, food and subs.
1. ECHS/Combo with higher ed. The challenge is the schedule, and whole sections of scheduled, early release. The TSTC schedule does not mesh with the schools. We have scheduled a meeting with the administrative staff at TSTC, and will work toward finding a way to mesh schedules that will allow more of the students.
2. Teacher turnover results in teachers who are new to the system and teaching needing more support, and more resources on the campus.