Time: 9:40 AM – 10:25 AM
Engage in a deep dive into the Texas STEM Framework and supporting STEM Toolkit. This session provides examples and usable tools for the development, strategic planning, and implementation of high-quality PK-12 STEM education. Take a tour of the Toolkit documents and witness how all ecosystem stakeholders are an integral component of STEM education programming.
To ensure all students are prepared for the future workforce, The Texas Education Agency developed a STEM Framework for districts to use as a guide for STEM programming. Additional STEM Toolkit resources were created to be used in conjunction with the STEM Framework. Working through the Texas EcosySTEM to support STEM education in the state, this collaborative effort along with these supportive tools unite various stakeholders in the work towards the common goal of increasing access for all young people to STEM-rich learning environments so that they are engaged and have mastered the necessary skills for success in STEM careers. This state-level framework aligns with other aspects of the educational system which encourages STEM education models and learning experiences to be integrated and connected to the larger district/school academic program instead of a stand-alone program. Participants in this session will be engaged in a deep dive into the Texas STEM Framework and supporting STEM Toolkit. This informational session provides examples and usable tools for the development, strategic planning, and implementation of high-quality PK-12 STEM education. Presenters will facilitate a tour of all Toolkit documents and will provide access to all Toolkit resources and documents.
(1) Participants will learn how STEM education can be supported at the state and local levels
(2) Participants will be able to utilize the Texas STEM Toolkit tools as resources to assist in STEM model/program development, strategic planning and sustainability, implementation, and community involvement.
(3) Participants will be able to navigate the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website to access Toolkit resources.