Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

Campus Description:

     Lasara ISD is a small campus located in rural Willacy County whose STEM focus is on robotics, and Engineering.  The staff and administration work diligently to have one hundred percent of all graduating Seniors college and career ready by providing university field lessons and offering dual credit opportunities.

STEM Goals 2017-2018:

     3.3.B---The academy hosts 5th to 6th and 8th to 9th grades Summer Bridge programs and Student/Parent orientations

     4.2.A---Develops a Professional Development Model for continuous learning. 

     4.2.C---Adopts/implements a plan for new teachers

Theory of Change:

     The academy will assign seven Design Team members a Blueprint Benchmark each to become the "Go To" person in that Benchmark.  In addition, the Design Team will meet with the academy's STEM Ambassadors to plan STEM activities, events, and learning opportunities on and off campus.

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

Lasara's strengths include:

1.  Data driven decision making---The administration and faculty meet regularly to disseminate data in all content areas and to create individualized Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) for students.

2.  Partnership with an IHE---The academy has a strong partnership with Texas A & M University Kingsville (TAMUK).  This partnership allows students to participate in a consistent dual credit enrollment program that satisfies the college and career readiness requirements.

Describe certifications
Students are working on the following certifications:
Auto Service Excellence (ASE) Auto Mechanics for brakes and suspension & steering
Maintenance & Light Repair Manual Drive Training & Axels
Electrical/Electronics Systems Welding
Engine Repair
Auto Service Technology
Describe degrees
N/A
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?

The academy would appreciate technical assistance in the following areas:

1.  The continuation of networking opportunities to share best practices;

2.  Schedule the CCRM Leadership Coach to meet with the Design Team to help facilitate the STEM direction for the campus; and

3.  Help highlight the academy's best practices/achievements beyond the district level.

 

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

The academy would recommend the following tools and resources:

1.  More professional development---Training on how to maintain their current one-to-one iPad technology and software.

2.  Create a shared Google Drive for all STEM Leaders to access a wide variety of resources and tools through an online folder.

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

Lasara's STEM challenges are:

1.  The academy's geographical location in rural Willacy County limits the number of involved business and community partners who would provide valuable job shadowing and internship opportunities to its students.

2.  Since the academy is in a very rural area, teachers from other towns or cities must travel long distances to teach there.  Teacher retention may be a challenge.

3.  Lasara has few teachers with Masters Degrees.  If more teachers had a Masters degree, the local universities and colleges would certify them as adjunct instructors to teach college credit 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
The innovative instructional strategies on campus include:
1. Project based learning---All teachers utilize PBL. In Math, students studying meteorology designed a device to measure the speed of a hurricane.
2. SLOs---The administration and faculty meet regularly to disseminate data in all content areas and to create individualized Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) for students.
3. Project Lead the Way---The academy has an adjunct instructor teaching PLTW and college credit courses.
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
Technology is effectively utilized on campus:
1. Teachers---All teachers have a school-issued laptop, an Elmo, an LCD projector, SMART Boards, QR Codes clickers, Komoto and Edmoto.
2. Students---Students are allowed to bring their own devices (BYOD), check out laptops from the library, use the printer in the library, use TI N-Spire Navigator calculators, TI 84s, engineering equipment, and specialized technology in the Tech class.
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
Work-based experiences and internships are few. Currently, two students are participating in internships---one student at S & S Produce as an office clerk and one student at Retama Manor Nursing Home as a nurse's aide.
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
The Design Team has committed to recruit one local STEM business professional, a representative from an institution of higher ed, a community leader or a parent in a STEM-related career to serve on the Advisory Board. The academy will convene the Board once in the Fall and one in the Spring. They Board members will be invited to Career Day to present on their careers and to other STEM events or activities.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
The academy has only one school Counselor. She is in charge of all students in grades Pre-K to twelfth grades. She meets with eighth graders every two weeks to create their individual graduation plans (IGPs). She presents topics of high interest in classrooms. Together with administrators and teachers, she creates intervention and remediation plans for students at risk of failing or failing.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
Teachers at Lasara are given many professional development (PD) opportunities. The district provides PD curriculum training on several PD days throughout the year. One of their focus areas is vertical alignment across grades. They also attend workshops at Region One Educational Service Center (ESC). Through the "Project Rise" program, Science specialists provide training on campus.
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
1. The academy does not have IB policies and procedures in place;
2. Effective dual credit policies and procedures are in place at Lasara. Students are bussed to Raymondville for dual credit classes from Texas A & M University Kingsville. Professors from Kingsville come there to offer: Biology, English 1301, History 1301, Psychology 2301, Sociology 1301.
3. The academy offers the following Advanced Placement (AP) courses: U. S. History, English III, World History, Calculus, English IV. They have a state and district policy for AP courses.
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
1. The academy does not implement IB;
2. Effective dual credit policies and procedures are in place at Lasara. Students are bussed to Raymondville for dual credit classes from Texas A & M University Kingsville. Professors from Kingsville come there to offer: English 1301, History 1301, Psychology 2301, Sociology 1301 and Biology.
3. The academy offers the following Advanced Placement (AP) courses: U. S. History, English III, World History, Calculus, English IV. They have a state and district policy for AP courses.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
More planning and broader activities will be planned for the summer of 2018. While the academy does offer STEM summer camps, the Design Team and administrator will coordinate more meaningful PBL strategies in their summer bridge program.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
Work-based experiences and internships are few. Currently, two students are participating in internships---one student at S & S Produce as an office clerk and one student at Retama Manor Nursing Home as a nurse's aide.
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
All Seniors at Lasara present their Capstone Projects in May to a panel of judges for a grade. The Seniors can prepare for their presentations throughout the year through their AVID, Project Lead the Way, or their CTE Problems & Solutions classes.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
Lasara has a mentoring programs for teachers only. Experienced teachers are paired with new teachers. Teachers in the Alternative Certification Program (ACP) are mentored by their program Supervisors. The academy does not have a student mentoring program but the administration, teachers, and the Counselor track students.
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
Lasara offers the following clubs and extra-curricular activities:
Robotics Club Student Council
Fraternity of Christian Athletes HESTEC
Agricultural Club Reading Club
Choir Chess Club
National Honor Society University and College Tours
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

The academy has MOUs with the following IHE partners:

1.  TAMUK---For dual credit.  Students do not use the university's facility.

2.  TSTC---For certifications.  Students are bussed to the facility.

3.  UTRGV---The academy is not utilizing this MOU right now.

School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - describe

1.  Business & Industry---Agriculture Science, Arts, A/V Technology & Communications, Business Management & Administration Finance, Marketing:  BIM I, DI Media, and Money Matters (Personal Finance)

2.  Public Service---Health Science:  Professional Communications, Accounting I, Career Preparation I

3.  STEM---Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math:  PBL Problems & Solutions-Capstone, Career Preparation I  

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

The academy recruits local STEM business professionals, representatives from an institution of higher ed, community leaders or parents in a STEM-related career to form workforce/industry partnerships.  Currently, the academy has an MOU with S & S Produce and Retama Manor Nursing Home.  Both provide student job shadowing opportunities.

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Mission-Driven Leadership' (TSTEM)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'STEM Culture' (TSTEM)
7
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Student Support' (TSTEM)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Teacher Development and Support' (TSTEM)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment' (T-STEM)
7
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Strategic Alliances' (TSTEM)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Growth and Sustainability' (TSTEM)
6
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Rating

Program 16-17 SAT Average (#)
1140
Program 16-17 ACT Average (#)
19
Program 16-17 AP Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
3
Program 16-17 DC Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
114
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI math (#)
21
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI math (#)
8
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI reading (#)
30
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI reading (#)
16