Engaging Parents and the Community in STEAM

Example

The principal and tech teacher continue educating staff on the benefits of STEAM education for students now and in the future.

Student engagement and hands-on learning supports success in so many ways. The principal shares STEAM student learning and progress on the two Tech Labs regularly at monthly Parent Coffees and School Site Council Meetings.

Key Strengths

  • Monthly STEAM Parent Coffees highlight STEAM learning and progress.

Example

This Middle School hosts a STEAM Night where each June incoming 7th and 8th grade families are invited to an informational presentation of the STEAM elective.

This event provides an opportunity to set the tone for the STEAM culture. Curriculum is reviewed, current student portfolios shared, and program needs are communicated to the group.

The event shares the passion for the program and need of our society for the future. Staff gives facts and figures supporting the STEAM elective. The needs of the program are posted on the school website.

Key Strengths

  • A STEAM Night for incoming 7th and 8th grade families builds stakeholder buy-in and enthusiasm for the program.

Example

The Middle School conducts Celebrations of Learning in place of conferences.

Their Design Expos in the gym showcasing student work are Winter and Spring.

Students bring design and art projects to display and present an the entire community is invited. All activities are student run with teacher support and facilitation.

Key Strengths

  • Community involvement in student-run showcases put the students at the center of sharing STEAM learning.

Example

Success in the science fair at the county and national level further promotes the success of the school's STEAM students.

The Middle School is proud of the two STEAM students that received the Broadcom Award, the most prestigious national science award given at the middle school level.

Success shared with our community has built demand for participation.

Key Strengths

  • Student recognitions through projects, awards, and science fairs has developed a demand for STEAM in the community.

 

  • Official recognitions and awards build excitement and interest in the STEAM program in the school community.

Example

This High School believes deeply in the philosophy of STEAM. They are not just a STEM school.

When Arts was added to STEM it connected the school community.

Integrating content brought together those that traditionally work well with their minds and those that work well with their hands.

The High School is often called an “equity project.” Oftentimes, STEM programs draw a specific demographic. This High School seeks to reflect the entire county community.

Key Strengths

  • Including arts content into the STEM school strengthens school culture and climate.

 

  • Unifying arts and STEM instruction attracts a broader student population with varied skills and aptitudes.