Submitted by monica.sandoval on Wed, 11/01/2017 - 23:30
Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

LCMHS STEM Academy is a stand-alone academy of approximately 1000 students. LCM was a traditional comprehensive high school. We believe that the benefits offered through the STEM Academy model of innovative instruction and the culture of collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity are best for every student. We chose to become a whole-school academy so that all students would benefit from the STEM Academy model.

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

Project-Based Learning

PBL was a new concept for most of our established teachers. These teachers committed to training in PBL and have begun implementing PBL lessons in their classrooms.  We have seen an increase in PBL across campus along with an emphasis on professional presentation skills.

Use of Technology

       Student and teacher use of technology has increased as we formed a partnership with Microsoft to become an Innovative School and IT Academy. Students and teachers collaborate in the Office 365 environment. The addition of Computer Science and PLTW Engineering courses have led students to work in an online platform. Many of our dual credit courses with UT Tyler are also in an online platform. Computer labs, laptop carts, and interactive projectors allow students and teachers to have access to the technology they need. We have a Bring Your Own Technology program to allow students additional access to technology where resources are short.

Work-Based Experiences & Internships

Students in veterinary science and health science programs participate in internships. A fourth year of computer science classes was added for next year in which students will be able to create programs independently and develop a portfolio of work. We have spoken with our Advisory Board about helping us find opportunities for student internships and work experiences for our students and teachers.

Student Support and Academic Counseling

Student  Advisories focus on college readiness, student perseverance, and a growth mindset.  We have worked to inform students of our course selection options and endorsement pathways.  We have discussed college readiness information and prepared students for the TSI exam. Students work with their Advisory teachers to maintain a record of clubs, organizations, awards, etc. so that they can be prepared to fill out college applications. Grade level-specific Advisories focus on timelines for SAT/ACT, college applications, scholarship deadlines, FAFSA, etc. A Higher Education Coordinator serves as a liaison between our campus and our partner colleges and universities and also helps students with the college application process.

 

 

Describe certifications
Plant processing and veterinary tech
Describe degrees
no AA just core complete
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?

This district was extremely affected by hurricane Harvey. of the 6 schools they have 4 of them were flooded. They are now having the intermediate and middle school students at their campus in the morning and their high school students come to school at 11:45.

 

They indicated that they are just trying to get back to normal. 

 

We are working with them to expand their IHE relationships McNeese across in Louisiana is willing to get involved and offer some classes to LCM students.They are willing to offer some articulated credit for engineering courses and even come to campus to offer the classes.

 

They are also challenged by their technology at the moment replacing 

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

They want to examine their pathways and make sure they have outlined all the opportunities. They have a variety of options but want to make sure they have it all aligned.

 

We will be working to identify which pathways will do Capstones and which will include internships and work with the Advisory Board to help us find internships for students.

TSI strategies to begin to get baseline earlier so we can offer dual credit classes earlier. At this point they have targeted 10th grade but we need to do earlier.

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

Getting the teachers to implement PBL was a challenge at the beginning. They trained teachers by grade level and have continued toward with each subject area to make sure they are implementing PBL

 

Establishing the partnerships for dual credit to try to get the students core complete. They have now partnerships with UT Tyler, Lamar Orange and Lamar University and now we are working with McNeese.

 

Getting the pathways established and listening to student's interests and aligning the courses.

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
They use PBL in all classes including foreign language.

They also use PLTW Computer Science and Engineering
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
They have had technology as a strength. However, with the flood they have had to try to get back up to speed.
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
They have some internships that have been developed but this is an area for growth as we have moved to the kids senior year.
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - describe
They have developed a widely diverse advisory board that includes IHE partners, business and community partners administrators from feeder schools and students.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
They have trained counselors as advisors. additionally they targeted one of the counselors to be the dual credit liaison she works with all of the IHE partners to make sure appropriate courses are taken and credit given.

She also coordinates their TSI and college readiness.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
They have a consistent plan and continue to have teachers involved in PLC and focused on improving instruction.
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - describe
They offer a wide range of both dual credit and AP options for students.
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
Strongly Agree
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - describe
They had challenges with dual credit at first but ow they offer a multitude of courses.

They also offer AP options as well.In the PLTW computer science class it is aligned with AP and they have earned college credit.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
They begin by offering summer camp activities for students in middle school and developing the pipeline.

They need to focus more on TSI and developing skills before high school.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
They currently offer some internships opportunities in some pathways but are working to develop others.

School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
This is their 4th year we are working on Capstone development in classes this year.
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - describe
They have increased the number of clubs and activities students are in
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

They offer dual credit with UT Tyler most of this is through video conferencing or online  some of the LCM teachers have been certified to teach courses through UT Tyler

 

Plant processing with Lamar Orange these students as well as the welding kids go in their last two years to Lamar Orange campus

 

and some dual credit with Lamar University 

 

 

School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - describe

They offer PLTW Computer Science and Engineering.

 

They also offer a certification program for plant processing, a health science pathway and a veterinary tech program.

 

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

They have established partnerships with many of the businesses in the area including the paper mill and Conoco Phillips.

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Mission-Driven Leadership' (TSTEM)
9
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'STEM Culture' (TSTEM)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Student Support' (TSTEM)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Teacher Development and Support' (TSTEM)
9
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment' (T-STEM)
9
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Strategic Alliances' (TSTEM)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Growth and Sustainability' (TSTEM)
8
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Rating

Program 16-17 SAT Average (#)
1051
Program 16-17 ACT Average (#)
22
Program 16-17 AP Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
45