T-STEM Blueprint/Key Elements for Success

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There are key elements for success that all mature T-STEM Academies possess and are hallmarks of the T-STEM program. Successful implementation of the T-STEM Blueprint requires that Academies work towards these key elements and behaviors. Potential applicants will need to institute these elements early in the pre-designation process. The key elements include:

  • Written mission and vision statement
  • Master schedule for advising
  • Schedule that reflects dual credit courses
  • MOUs with T-STEM Centers

Essential Elements - A Planning Guide for Continuous Growth

The T-STEM Academies Design Blueprint is intended to serve as a road map for benchmarks, program requirements, and indicators to facilitate individual STEM Academy growth along the Blueprint Rubric Continuum of Developing, Implementing, Mature, and Role Model.  Each Academy may differ in their areas of strength as evidenced by their self-evaluation and resulting Annual Action Plan; however, the following is a list of core program requirements that are the essential elements critical to Academy success.

Benchmark 1: Mission-Driven Leadership

1.1 B: Annual Action Plan
1.2 A, B, C: Design Team, Leadership Team, Advisory Board

Benchmark 2: Culture and Design

2.1.A: Small School
2.1.F: IGP with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) College and Career Readiness Standards
2.3.A: Middle school STEM career exploration and counseling for transition and course selection for 6-12 course pathways, and integration of the Governor’s economic workforce clusters and Achieve Texas STEM cluster
2.3.C: Pre-AP, accelerated, or courses for high school credit (middle grades); and dual credit, articulated concurrent enrollment, AP or IB courses
2.3.E: MOU with IHE for dual credit

Benchmark 3: Student Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention

3.1.A: Marketing plan
3.2.A: Open access/lottery
3.3.B: Summer bridge and orientation sessions

Benchmark 4: Teacher Selection, Development, and Retention

4.1.D: Collaborative recruiting process for selecting highly qualified teachers
4.2.B: Professional development model with continuous learning
4.2.C: Job-embedded continuous learning with an emphasis on workforce opportunities
4.3.B: Common planning time within the structure of the school day

Benchmark 5: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

5.1 A: Integrated STEM curriculum, assessment, and instruction aligned to state standards
5.2 F: Internship and/or capstone for high school
5.3 C: Project-based and problem-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment

Benchmark 6: Strategic Alliances

6.1 A: Family/school partnership plan
6.2 A, B: Community/business advisory board
6.3 A: MOU with IHE for dual credit

Benchmark 7: Advancement and Sustainability

7.1 A: Five year strategic plan aligned with T-STEM Blueprint Program Requirements