Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change
The Toltech STEM Academy at Memorial High School is undergoing a major relocation and possible merging with the Fine Arts Academcy to form essentially a STEAM Academy. This plan is under review by the District Leadership and the Edgewood ISD SBOE. Action to be taken is projected to occur in December or thereafter. The Academy is projected to become a standalone campus that will create an inclusive environment for the blending of both the STEM and Fine Arts programs to create a unique campus (STEAM) with its own identity, mission, and vision.
The campus has fluctuated back and forth as a SWS to Standalone back to a SWS to a projected Standalone for 2018-19. Dr. Steele is the third campus leader in three years.
Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths
BM 4 Teacher Selection, Development, and Retention: Toltech STEM has historically had a high retention of teachers and associated faculty members
BM 5 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Toltech STEM has maintained high academic expectations; exhibited great success in EOC scores; DC course participation and acquisition; participation in AP courses, extremely high graduation rate, and post-secondary participation.
The Toltech T-STEM Academy offers certifications in the related areas of the Engineering Design Pathway and Computer Programming Pathway. Dr. Steele was not able to articulate the exact name or number certifications that were earned by Class of 2017 graduates.
Associate of Science
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?
There is a high need for assisting in the: merger of the STEM and Fine Arts Academies to include: best practices, systems for change, alignment of curriculum, and application of the STEM Blueprint to create the new STEAM Academy; creating a coherent sequence of courses with cross-curricular blending of technology, fine arts, and all components of the STEM Blueprint; and creating a master schedule to meet the needs of the students..
What tools or resources would be valuable to your campus to support your implementation of the blueprint?
The following tools and resources that would be helpful are: professional learning opportunities, best practices blending arts and STEM; networking with other programs doing this work; building the master blended schedule; building in professional learning time for staff; and providing students an advisory-mentoring period whther it be daily, alternate days, etc.
What have been your challenges and how have you addressed them?
The entire program has been changed since the conclusion of SY2016-17. The Toltech STEM Academy has been relocated away from the Memorial High School campus and placed at the Fine Arts Academy facility. Both academies are now led by a single leader but still remains a SWS. Both Academies draw from the two traditional high school campuses. The transport of student is complicated and some students attend in shifts, Grade 9-10 attend STEM students all day, Grade 11-12 STEM attend in shifts. This is a huge challenge that is compounded by the loss of instructional times due to the transportation schedules. There are different bell schedule constraints at the traditional campuses that add to the mix, the blending of cultures from all four campus entities. There has been a continuous exploration of schedules utilized between main campuses and this campus in the attempt to meet the needs of the students.
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - please evaluate and describe
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - please evaluate and describe
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - please evaluate and describe
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - please evaluate and describe
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - please evaluate and describe
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities
The STEM Academy participates as part of the Dual Credit agreement with Memorial High School. They receive the same level of support.
School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - please evaluate and describe
School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - describe
The STEM Academy provides the Engineering Design Pathway and the Computer Programming Pathway.
Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support
Dr. Steele is continuing to work on a partnership with Toyota for robotics and reconnecting with;Southwest Research for partnership opportunities.
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Mission-Driven Leadership' (TSTEM)
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'STEM Culture' (TSTEM)
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Student Support' (TSTEM)
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Teacher Development and Support' (TSTEM)
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment' (T-STEM)
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Strategic Alliances' (TSTEM)
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Growth and Sustainability' (TSTEM)
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