For: Community Partners, School Administrators, Teachers

Resource Type(s): Measures for High Quality STEM, STEM in schools, STEM Schools

Grade Band: Elementary, High School, Middle School

Subject(s): Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology

From Outlier Research & Evaluation, CESME, University of Chicago:

The STEM School Study (S3) team sat down with inclusive STEM school leaders from over 25 inclusive STEM schools and asked them to describe the parts of their schools that are essential to their school models. We found that while STEM schools vary in many ways, there are eight major Elements common to them all. Each Element is comprised of a number of components and together, they illustrate what STEM schools are and lay the groundwork for understanding how STEM schools work to achieve their goals.

The 8 Elements include six core Elements that we equate with the STEM schools’ key educational goals:

  1. Problem-Based Learning
  2. Rigorous Learning
  3. School Community and Belonging
  4. Career, Technology, and Life Skills
  5. Personalization of Learning
  6. External Community

The remaining two are supporting and contributing Elements:

  1. Staff Foundations
  2. Essential Factors

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