Submitted by sarah.croft on Wed, 10/25/2017 - 02:08
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.

Describe certifications
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.
Describe degrees
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
Agree
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - describe
The Campus Leadership Team is developing a professional learning plan that will blend and include the appropriate use of Project Based Learning to address the required components of art, STEM, and technology. In the meantime, staff continues to utilize PBL, Round, and Learning Walks as current best practices.
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
The Toltech Academy has fully functioning smart boards; shared i-pad and laptop carts; a computer lab; and fully functional STEM labs. The goal is for every classroom to have its own set of devices rather than shared sets. Students can bring their own devices including the use of their cell phones;
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
STEM opportunities for work experiences and internships are currently set up between the Junior Senior Summer. SA Works is a non-profit group who teams with schools to pair them such opportunities. Seniors continue with work based on-site or in-district 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
Toltech STEM has an Advisory Board composed of community; business and industry partners; an external advisor; STEM teachers; campus based C&I facilitators, the; STEM Director, and two student representatives. The Advisory Board mentors and advises the campus STEM director and utilizes networking for support and connections. The Advisory Board conducts two meeting per year or more as called.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
There is a dedicated counselor on site and a counselor at each home campus as well, They manage and monitor the diploma plan and STEM endorsements for each student. The counselors us progress monitoring systems, parent information nights, and conducts Grades 9-10 Universal Review Screening meetings to provide support as determined, Grade 11-12 student use their home campus counselors. The campus is projecting that a second counselor will be added next year.;
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
There is district led Professional Learning that is conducted twice a month; PLCS that meeti alternate weeks for coaching and individual support to teachers; and two instructional coaches come on site for support in English-Social Studies and Math-Science.
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - describe
Pre-AP curriculum will be moving to Spring Board (Laying the Foundation) as provided through College Board. There are DC opportunities for Juniors and Seniors at each home campus. TSI assessments for sophomores are underway with Dual Credit courses projected to be on site once the merger is completed for next year. Advance Placement opportunities will be similarly offered AP on site for next year. There is not an IB program of any sort.
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
Disagree
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - describe
DC attainment has been a struggle historically with students enrolling in the DC course and then drops for enrollment in AP equivalent course. AP enrollment is high---but success on testing is mixed, AP Biology and Spanish are typically strong areas whereas English, Gov, Eco, Human Geo AP success rates are minimal. Again, there is no IB program in place.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
The summer Bridge takes place in summer for Grade 9 during four hall days. It is run by teachers who introduce and set expectations for the total program. The focus is on robotics and computer programming with some core instruction that includes an ELAR component and a Math component.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
As mentioned earlier, STEM opportunities for work experiences and internships are currently set up between the Junior Senior Summer. SA Works is a non-profit group who teams with schools to pair them such opportunities. Seniors continue with work based on-site or in-district internships.
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
There is an option of participating in an internship or Capstone Project and this will be part of plan moving forward, possibly with the AP Capstone class.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
There is a student to adult mentor program that runs through the home campus. STEM G11-12 student are assigned and mentor G9-10 students within the program.
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - describe
All students are allowed to participate at each home campus and on the Academy campus. Students have full access to all activities at all sites.
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
Neutral
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)
4
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'STEM Culture' (TSTEM)
4
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Student Support' (TSTEM)
4
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)
4
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Strategic Alliances' (TSTEM)
3
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Growth and Sustainability' (TSTEM)
3
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Rating

Program 16-17 SAT Average (#)
1195
Program 16-17 ACT Average (#)
19
Program 16-17 AP Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
30
Program 16-17 DC Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
150
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI math (#)
49
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI math (#)
49
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI reading (#)
49
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI reading (#)
49