Supported through the generous sponsorship of the Bainbridge Schools Foundation
The STEM initiative is intended to improve the likelihood that our students will select a STEM related field after graduation. To do so will require an enduring focus on building basic math, science and application skills starting in the elementary grades all the way through High School.
Sustainability requires direct parent, community and teacher involvement and as such, the STEM Advisory Board and STEM Operations Committee have formed and meet monthly.
The organizational structure is evolving within the district to administer the STEM initiative. Presently, the direction of STEM is discussed at the STEM Advisory Board. The STEM Coordinator works with the STEM Operations Committee (composed of BISD teachers) and campus leaders to achieve the district STEM outcomes.
To increase the percentage of graduating seniors interested and prepared to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
+ Enhance student exposure to, interest and performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
+ Increase student engagement and subsequent success in STEM schoolwork and/or careers.
+ Encourage STEM enrollment, retention and success in STEM courses.
+ Foster the development of local & global citizenship skills that demonstrate civic responsibility, as they maintain local and global perspectives.
A core belief within the initiative is that any truly sustainable STEM effort begins with teachers; thus, the first three strategies relate to the needs of the teachers:
Strategy 1: Identify Professional Development.
Strategy 2: Development and Research Time for BISD STEM Teachers.
Strategy 3: Materials and Equipment.
STEM Advisory Board Directed
Strategy 4: Outreach Activities with Local Puget Sound Businesses.
Strategy 5: STEM Advisory Board.
Strategy 6: Grant Funding
STEM Coordinator Directed
Strategy 7: Developing Baseline Data that keeps us informed about our STEM goals.
Strategy 8: Communicating STEM to our Community.
Outcome 1: By June 2016, increase the number of courses available in high level STEM based on input from local Puget Sound businesses, student survey data, and economic forecasts. Precise targets will be established in the 2011-12 school year.
Outcome 2: By June 2016, increase the enrollment in STEM Advanced Placement courses for Non-White/Non-Asian students, economically disadvantaged students, and males from a current level of 1% to 5% for Non-White/Asian; from 1% to 5% for economically disadvantaged students, and from 40% to at least 50% for males.
Outcome 3: By June 2014, establish a course pathway and increase enrollment in mathematics courses designed to provide students with the mathematical understanding, rigor and critical thinking skills that have been identified for post-secondary programs of study.
Outcome 4: Beginning in 2011-2012, create a STEM course plan for every 7th grader. Monitor the plan each year and adjust accordingly.
Outcome 5: By June 2016, increase student graduation survey data that indicates an interest in pursuing a STEM-related degree or career. The expected increase from baseline data collected in June 2011 is at least 5%.
Outcome 6: By June 2016, increase partnerships with local Puget Sound businesses supporting specific STEM courses. The expected increase from baseline data collected in 2011 and as a measured by active participation, volunteering, and financial or equipment/materials support will be 5% annually.