All you need to make the shift to STEM a reality! Now more than ever, educational leaders are encouraged to implement STEM as the foundation for preparing students with the 21st century skills required for college and career readiness. This resource makes the process of shifting to a comprehensive, integrated STEM school or district within reach! Invaluable case studies featuring current STEM pioneers from across the country model how successful, STEM-centered learning takes place. You’ll find process-specific best practices and strategies to help you: • Understand, create, and lead the STEM change process • Transform existing school programs • Prepare the school community for STEM and plan for STEM integration • Integrate 21st Century Skills, the arts, and humanities • Create essential partnerships with business and higher education Includes step-by-step checklists and visual mapping guides for successfully navigating the STEM change process. Use this groundbreaking resource to systematically implement coherent and integrated STEM instruction that transforms learning and prepares students for the global economy! Video and web content also available at http://bit.ly/TheSTEMShift. “Finally! A great book that clearly explains what STEM education is, why we need it, and how to do it well. A must-read for all educators, parents, and policymakers.” Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators “Reading Jill and Ann’s column in Education Week has been a critical part of my weekly reading since they’ve begun writing it. I’ve learned a lot from those short snippets, and now it’s exciting to see their expanded thoughts in The Stem Shift. You can’t go wrong by reading anything they write!” Larry Ferlazzo, High school teacher and Ed Week columnist
Chapter 8: Planning the Shift
Planning the Shift
There is no good reason why we should fear the future, but there is every reason why we should face it seriously, neither hiding from ourselves the gravity of the problems before us nor fearing to approach those problems with the unbending, unflinching purpose to solve them aright.
STEM can be an organizational shift, not simply a program. It can unleash the capacity dormant within a school, a district, its community, and the worldwide community if a district chooses to allow and encourage it. It dismantles silos and breaks apart impenetrable walls. It opens schools to new professional conversations and collaborations within the school and with parents and professionals within the local and global community.
If a leader ...