Submitted by evanita.ramos on Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:01
Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

STEM Mission:  The mission of the STEM Academy is to provide safe and challenging academic environment, in collaboration with community partners that will empower students to achieve futures of excellence in post-secondary  readiness.

ECHS is focused on providing the targeted population with a strong academic, social and emotional foundation to be able to reach their college and/or career goals.

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

STEM: 

  • Data driven decision making structure has been established.  Decisions are based on what the data is revealing.
  • Data is aggregated and disaggregated  to ensure decisions are made that will foster success.
  • Professional Development Plan includes both district PD, STEM campus PD, and staff attends STEM conferences and convenings.

ECHS:

BM#2 & #3 - Strong relationships with its partners and with its leadership team

 

Describe certifications
Offers a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate and opportunities for
certificates in welding.. We continue to investigate other certificates in the automotive
technology, medical records, oil and gas technology, and criminal justice.
Describe degrees
H.M. King STEM ECHS offers an Associate's Degree in Arts and Sciences from Coastal Bend College.
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?

STEM:

1.  Research on small schools PLC and Cohort scheduling

2.  Best Practices on providing Professional Development for STEM teachers

ECHS:

1.  TSI support

2.  Transition to 18-19

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

STEM

1. Examples of Master schedules of small schools

2. PBL Best Practices for Implementation

ECHS

1. TSI resources

2. School Design 

 

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

STEM:   Because of the small group of students, it has been a challenge to schedule the STEM students into one core class.  -  Master schedule

              Meeting with PLC before school and/or after-school has been a solution but teachers are tired and is not the best time.  

ECHS:   Have a majority of our students TSI ready before the 11th grade.  Solution has been to a) integrated TSIA standards into the daily curriculum, b) provide                            tutorials online, as well as before school, during, school and on Saturdays.

              

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
ECHS and STEM have a strong PD plan supported by district. PD is based on raising the depth and rigor of the curriculum using PBL, technology, cooperative learning, etc.
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
H.M. King STEM ECHS uses technology effectively. Students have access to internet and technology tools to access instruction.
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
The Community Development Counsel and Workforce is supporting and working with H.M. King STEM ECHS to provide the internships during the junior and senior year.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville is providing support as well. Members of the Advisory Board have also expressed support for the internship program.
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - describe
H.M. King STEM ECHS continues to have an extremely supportive Advisory Board and support from the community.
The leadership academy, advisory board, and other stakeholders use the data gathered from the various sources to implement the action plan, student interventions, and continue to review and revise goals in order to align with the STEM Academy mission statement.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
Counselors in the Fall Semester meet with students through the career portals and computer application classes. Information is provided during the transition from middle
school to high school and beyond. Additionally, they provide information on graduation programs and how choices determine options, with particular emphasis on Early College High School and the attainment of Associate Degree and STEM.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
Professional development includes: Region 1 STEM Leadership Meetings, Regional Convening, STEM Conference in Dallas, South Texas STEM Summit, Thomas Jefferson T-STEM ECHS Academy, Houston STEM Summit. Educate Texas Focus Group, Sinton T-STEM Academy as well as district staff development.
ECHS staff is provided with AP training, attend Consortium sessions and innovative PDs during district PDs. Capturing Kids Hearts is being used to help support the social and emotional needs of students
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
According to the Texas Academic Performance Report H.M. King STEM ECHS's AP participation rose in 2016.
Since AP curriculum is structured as a college class students are encouraged to register for the PreAP and AP courses.
They have written policies and procedures
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
Students participate in the class. Students receive HS credit for the class but students struggle with the AP exam.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
STEM and ECHS had an outstanding Summer Bridge program. With support from district and a grant students were provide with academic (TSI), emotional, and social support. They were on college campus and attended numerous activities. It was busy and productive. H.M. King ECHS hosting a Summer Bridge Program for the rising 9th graders with the support of both its IHE partners. As part of this program, field trips to the IHE campuses and overnight dorm stays are provided for the students as well as meetings for the parents.
Providing support for TSI during the bridge program through the use of PLATO. At this time, students are given their first opportunity to take the assessment at the high school campus (the campus is a testing site). In middle school, students have the opportunity to explore various career investigations through the required CTE Career Portals elective class. In addition, students have been learning some AVID instructional strategies, such as Cornell Notes and study skills.
Incoming 9th graders attend a two week Summer Bridge Program whose goals is to provide our students with a prep program that will:
-foster their academic, social, and emotional skills needed to enter H.M. King Early College High in the Fall of 2017;
-solidify their foundational skills in math, reading and writing in preparation for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exam;
-increase their awareness of college and university options; and
-improve their test-taking and study skills.
While in the 9th grade, STEM Academy students are enrolled in EDUC 1300 (My Cougar Class), a dual credit introduction to the community college experience. This course is part of the high school transitional STEM degree plan for CBC and an articulated direct feed course sequence for TAMUK in in place.

School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
At this time they are in the planning stages for creating the internship opportunities. STEM only has 9th and 10th graders at this time.
Their plans are internships and then Capstone.The counselor creates a STEM experience checklist to accompany the required PGP, ensuring field experiences to build real world knowledge and skills towards their career goal.
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
At this time does not have a student capstone project because the only have 9th and 10th but they are working on setting up guidance.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
Thru AVID, GEAR-UP, and Leadership class struggling students are provided with a mentor.
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
School offers numerous academic clubs (CTE) as well as extra-curricular activities. Students are encourage as freshman to join an organization. .M. King STEM Academy has a STEM/Engineering club for students interested in STEM/Engineering competitions. Students participate in the Engineering Week Competition at TAMUK, in which students utilize STEM knowledge
to build a project within given guidelines. This promotes a challenging academic environment and post-secondary readiness. In addition, STEM Academy students particpate in the following transitional activities from middle school to high
school to promote STEM Academy program:
*STEM camp
*Summer Bridge Program
*Student to Student Conference
*Teen Leadership Class
*TAMUK incoming 9th Grade Leadership/ College Awareness Camp
*Coastal Bend Orientation
*My Cougar Class
*Industry Internships
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

IHE partners support the use of their facilities.  Students are provided with IDs and are able to access facilities and services on their campus.

Both IHE have provided events on campus during Summer Bridge.

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

H.M.King offerings STEM, Business and Industry, Public Service, Arts and Humanities, and
Multidisciplinary Studies

 

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

STEM has built a strong level of support from the community.  Workforce/industry partners as well as from A&M University-Kingsville.

They attend advisory board meetings and share their expectations and need for the STEM program.  In the future are willing to be come mentors and provide work-experience for the students.

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Target Population' (ECHS)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Partnership Agreement' (ECHS)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Leadership Initiatives' (ECHS)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum and Support' (ECHS)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Academic Rigor and Readiness' (ECHS)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'School Design' (ECHS)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Mission-Driven Leadership' (TSTEM)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'STEM Culture' (TSTEM)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Student Support' (TSTEM)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Teacher Development and Support' (TSTEM)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment' (T-STEM)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Strategic Alliances' (TSTEM)
4
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Growth and Sustainability' (TSTEM)
4
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