STEM Leadership: How Do I Create a Stem Culture in My School?

STEM Leadership: How Do I Create a Stem Culture in My School?

STEM Leadership: How Do I Create a Stem Culture in My School?

STEM Leadership: How Do I Create a Stem Culture in My School?

Synopsis

This practical, hands-on guide shows K-12 school leaders how To support STEM programs that excite students and teachers-even if the leader is not an expert in science, technology, engineering, or math. Bucknerand Boyd explore ideas for fostering equitable access to rich and rigorous learning experiences, acting as instructional leaders, and building community engagement and partnerships. You'll get advice on creating a structure to help teachers examine, discuss, and Improve students' learning experiences. And you'll learn how to support teachers in designing challenging lessons that foster students' curiosity and ingenuity in working on real-world problems. Finally, you'll learn ways you can effectively tap into the wealth of resources in your community to help achieve your STEM vision.

Excerpt

Among the many demands being placed on teachers and school leaders today is the increased focus on the STEM fields; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are critical to all of us. The future of the United States relies heavily on our ability to prepare students to become engineers, scientists, and mathematicians who can solve the problems of today and tomorrow.

U.S. employers have a clear need for workers with expertise in the STEM fields. A study from Change the Equation (2013) found that, overall, unemployed people outnumbered job postings by 3.6 to 1—but that STEM job postings outnumbered unemployed people by 1.9 to 1. This striking statistic indicates that many jobs are going unfilled simply for lack of people with the right skill sets.

Exposure to the STEM fields must start early in schools: by teaching students STEM skills, K–12 schools can boost the number of students who gain entry into universities and STEM-focused programs. It is important that educators have a clear understanding of the role they can play to help prepare students to enter the STEM fields with confidence. The need to bridge the gaps among K–12 schooling, postsecondary education, and the workforce is ever increasing.

We don’t just need more STEM professionals; we need all of today’s students to gain literacy in the STEM fields.

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