Using NGSS to Focus the Future
Strand 1: Integrating & Innovating STEM across the Curriculum
Connect STEM practices to core curriculum content and instruction
Focus on the technology, resources, and core content standards for your own professional development as an effective teacher, coach, mentor, leader, or administrator of STEM curriculum.
Strand 2: Making the Case for STEM
How to implement a STEM approach and ensure effectiveness
Validate instructor and school competency based on national and state standards, improve effectiveness of staff, communicate with your constituents – parents, community partners, and local businesses, and impact policy and research. These are essential areas of education in today’s political environment when advocating for best use of class time and education expenditures.
Strand 3: STEM Pipeline: Preparing the Workforce for Tomorrow
The importance of preparing students for STEM professions
Advance students from PreK to College with a mindset of building capacity in our communities for jobs in STEM areas. The pipeline of STEM graduates from high school into college programs must increase to meet current and future demand. STEM job holders face half the unemployment rate of those in non-STEM jobs. STEM employees have 1/4 higher earning power than non-STEM employees. Women and minorities today will become almost 2/3 of the workforce by 2017.
Strand 4: STEM Student Showcase
STEM in action – showcasing of effective projects/ programs
Share what is happening in your community! Highlight projects and programs currently implemented in your classroom/ school/ district/ state/ region. Include research or model programs and evidence illuminating student engagement and student achievement