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1 Wake NC State University STEM Early College High School Preparing Tomorrow’s Problem Solvers

2 Overview STEM ECHS is a collaboration between the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) and NC State University (NC State) as part of the NC Early College High School initiative STEM ECHS is a collaboration between the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) and NC State University (NC State) as part of the NC Early College High School initiative Students attend for five years and graduate with a NC high school diploma (21 credits) and up to two years of course credit from NC State Students attend for five years and graduate with a NC high school diploma (21 credits) and up to two years of course credit from NC State

3 Overview Mission StatementMission Statement The mission of the Wake NC State University STEM Early College High School is to provide a highly supportive and academically challenging learning environment for students underserved in a traditional high school setting and underrepresented in the STEM disciplines, including first generation college going students, who will graduate prepared to compete globally in careers related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The mission of the Wake NC State University STEM Early College High School is to provide a highly supportive and academically challenging learning environment for students underserved in a traditional high school setting and underrepresented in the STEM disciplines, including first generation college going students, who will graduate prepared to compete globally in careers related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

4 Innovative Education Initiatives Act (IEIA) Passed by the NC General Assembly in 2003 Passed by the NC General Assembly in 2003 Encourage cooperative efforts between secondary schools and institutes of higher education (IHE) to reduce dropout rates, increase graduation rates, decrease need for remediation in IHE, and raise IHE completion rates Encourage cooperative efforts between secondary schools and institutes of higher education (IHE) to reduce dropout rates, increase graduation rates, decrease need for remediation in IHE, and raise IHE completion rates Act also created Cooperative Innovative High School Programs, which led to the creation of Early College High Schools (ECHS) Act also created Cooperative Innovative High School Programs, which led to the creation of Early College High Schools (ECHS)

5 North Carolina New Schools Project (NCNSP) Provided direction and advice through participation on the Leadership Team Provided direction and advice through participation on the Leadership Team Established by Governor and NC Education Cabinet in 2003 with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Established by Governor and NC Education Cabinet in 2003 with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Partners with colleges/universities, state/local governments, and funding sectors to establish innovative high schools that graduate students ready for college and 21 st Century life Partners with colleges/universities, state/local governments, and funding sectors to establish innovative high schools that graduate students ready for college and 21 st Century life

6 Planning for the STEM ECHSPlanning for the STEM ECHS Aug. 2008—letter of intent to support planning and application for planning grant Aug. 2008—letter of intent to support planning and application for planning grant Oct. 2008—series of meetings by the WCPSS and NC State representatives to develop school mission statement, preliminary curriculum, and organizational principles Oct. 2008—series of meetings by the WCPSS and NC State representatives to develop school mission statement, preliminary curriculum, and organizational principles Formation of Leadership Team and three subcommittees—Curriculum, Organization/Logistics, and Student Support Issues Formation of Leadership Team and three subcommittees—Curriculum, Organization/Logistics, and Student Support Issues

7 Joining Our Business and Schools (JOBS) Commission Established in 2009 as an extension of the IEIA in 2003 Established in 2009 as an extension of the IEIA in 2003 Charged with studying the issues related to economic development in NC Charged with studying the issues related to economic development in NC Instructional programming frameworks that reflect high academic standards required for students to be successful and prepared for 21 st Century jobs Instructional programming frameworks that reflect high academic standards required for students to be successful and prepared for 21 st Century jobs

8 JOBS Commission and STEMJOBS Commission and STEM January, Dr. Louis Martin-Vega, Dean of the College of Engineering presented the how the Grand Challenges relate to STEM education January, Dr. Louis Martin-Vega, Dean of the College of Engineering presented the how the Grand Challenges relate to STEM education March, Pam Townsend, Vice-President of AECOM, Inc. and President of the Professional Engineers of NC, discussed the goal of creating an ECHS around the theme of the Grand Challenges March, Pam Townsend, Vice-President of AECOM, Inc. and President of the Professional Engineers of NC, discussed the goal of creating an ECHS around the theme of the Grand Challenges March, Dr. Betsy Brown, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at NC State, discussed the creation of the STEM ECHS March, Dr. Betsy Brown, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at NC State, discussed the creation of the STEM ECHS

9 Funding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UNC institutions and NC school districts Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UNC institutions and NC school districts IHE responsible for facility and some staffing costs IHE responsible for facility and some staffing costs School districts responsible for personnel and operating costs School districts responsible for personnel and operating costs School districts receive extra funding for IHE- related costs such as tuition, fees, and textbooks School districts receive extra funding for IHE- related costs such as tuition, fees, and textbooks Planning funding provided by JOBS Commission Planning funding provided by JOBS Commission

10 Targeted StudentsTargeted Students Underserved students—those who do not maximize their potential in traditional, comprehensive high schools Underserved students—those who do not maximize their potential in traditional, comprehensive high schools Under-represented students—those who are not represented in the STEM disciplines (by gender, ethnicity, etc.) Under-represented students—those who are not represented in the STEM disciplines (by gender, ethnicity, etc.) First-time college going students in a family First-time college going students in a family Willing to accept the challenges of an accelerated high school and college education Willing to accept the challenges of an accelerated high school and college education

11 Application, Selection, and Demographics 312 students applied. 302 “screened” in through paper application due in January—EOG scores, course grades, two essays, three recommendations 312 students applied. 302 “screened” in through paper application due in January—EOG scores, course grades, two essays, three recommendations Online application in February Online application in February Pool of 302 students forwarded to the WCPSS Magnet School Office. Standard magnet selection process in March Pool of 302 students forwarded to the WCPSS Magnet School Office. Standard magnet selection process in March 55 students selected 55 students selected 43% first-time college goers, 50:50 male/female ratio, over 70% non-white 43% first-time college goers, 50:50 male/female ratio, over 70% non-white

12 Academic and Vocational Goals Completion of NC Future Ready Core curriculum that leads to a high school diploma Completion of NC Future Ready Core curriculum that leads to a high school diploma Completion of up to two years of NC State course credit Completion of up to two years of NC State course credit Students prepared for educational activities beyond the first two years of college Students prepared for educational activities beyond the first two years of college Students prepared to function as productive and effective citizens Students prepared to function as productive and effective citizens Students ready for the world of work Students ready for the world of work

13 Pedagogy The STEM ECHS will serve as an “anchor” school to help the NCNSP continue to create and develop innovative high schools in NC The STEM ECHS will serve as an “anchor” school to help the NCNSP continue to create and develop innovative high schools in NC Need for “common pedagogy” Need for “common pedagogy” The STEM ECHS will adopt and use the NCNSP Common Instructional Framework—Every student reads, writes, thinks and talks in every classroom every day. The STEM ECHS will adopt and use the NCNSP Common Instructional Framework—Every student reads, writes, thinks and talks in every classroom every day.

14 Pedagogy—Principles Student success requiresStudent success requires That all graduates will be Ready for College That all graduates will be Ready for College Powerful Teaching and Learning Powerful Teaching and Learning Personalization of early college experiences within the school community Personalization of early college experiences within the school community Redefining Professionalism for the staff and administration Redefining Professionalism for the staff and administration Purposeful Design of “teaching and learning” Purposeful Design of “teaching and learning” That collaborative Leadership is developed, implemented and enhanced That collaborative Leadership is developed, implemented and enhanced

15 Pedagogy Project-based learning Project-based learning Technology—appropriate and meaningful use Technology—appropriate and meaningful use Socratic seminar and Paideia Principles (“upbringing of the child”) Socratic seminar and Paideia Principles (“upbringing of the child”) Use of NC State faculty, students and resources Use of NC State faculty, students and resources Focus on the new NC Teacher Evaluation Process instrument, which emphasizes 21 st Century teaching Focus on the new NC Teacher Evaluation Process instrument, which emphasizes 21 st Century teaching

16 Curriculum—Year OneCurriculum—Year One Based on the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges (http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/) Based on the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges (http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/)http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/ Use of the five “sustainability” challenges as the framework or “backbone” for the first year (access to clean water; carbon dioxide sequestration; nitrogen cycle; making solar energy economical; fusion energy) Use of the five “sustainability” challenges as the framework or “backbone” for the first year (access to clean water; carbon dioxide sequestration; nitrogen cycle; making solar energy economical; fusion energy)

17 Curriculum—Year OneCurriculum—Year One Earth Science/Engineering Design—Yearlong, “A/B” flexible schedule, two credits Earth Science/Engineering Design—Yearlong, “A/B” flexible schedule, two credits Integrated Math I/II or II/III—Block schedule, two credits Integrated Math I/II or II/III—Block schedule, two credits English I/Geography—Yearlong, “A/B” flexible schedule, two credits, students learn how to apply Socratic seminar techniques to the economic, ethical, legal, political, social, and sustainability issues related to the Grand Challenges English I/Geography—Yearlong, “A/B” flexible schedule, two credits, students learn how to apply Socratic seminar techniques to the economic, ethical, legal, political, social, and sustainability issues related to the Grand Challenges

18 Curriculum—Year OneCurriculum—Year One Seminar with two major foci Seminar with two major foci ”Whole child” to explore issues related to adolescent development, college environment, university resources, career exploration, etc. ”Whole child” to explore issues related to adolescent development, college environment, university resources, career exploration, etc. Learning how to participate in thoughtful and democratic discussion through Socratic seminar Learning how to participate in thoughtful and democratic discussion through Socratic seminar

19 21 st Century Learning Outcomes Mastery of 21 st Century interdisciplinary core content and themes Mastery of 21 st Century interdisciplinary core content and themes Mastery of learning and innovation skills related to creativity and innovation; critical thinking and problem-solving; and communication and collaboration Mastery of learning and innovation skills related to creativity and innovation; critical thinking and problem-solving; and communication and collaboration Mastery of information, media, and technology skills Mastery of information, media, and technology skills

20 21 st Century Learning Outcomes Development of life and career skills such as flexibility and adaptability; initiative and self- direction; social and cross-cultural skills; productivity and accountability; and leadership and responsibility Development of life and career skills such as flexibility and adaptability; initiative and self- direction; social and cross-cultural skills; productivity and accountability; and leadership and responsibility

21 Assessment and Evaluation Methods Business/college internship assessment Business/college internship assessment Formative assessment Formative assessment Formulating essential questions Formulating essential questions High school diploma High school diploma NC State course assessment NC State course assessment NC State transcript NC State transcript Project-based learning and portfolio of artifacts Project-based learning and portfolio of artifacts

22 Assessment and Evaluation Methods PSAT, SAT, ACT and other standardized testing PSAT, SAT, ACT and other standardized testing Socratic seminar Socratic seminar Student, teacher, parent surveys Student, teacher, parent surveys Summative assessment such as written/oral activities, End-of-Course exams, etc. Summative assessment such as written/oral activities, End-of-Course exams, etc.

23 Relevance to NC StateRelevance to NC State Consistent with NC State focus on innovation for K-16 and graduate school education Consistent with NC State focus on innovation for K-16 and graduate school education Enhances development and dissemination of STEM discipline excellence Enhances development and dissemination of STEM discipline excellence Opportunity to work in a sustained way with a new high school on innovative issues related to STEM teaching/learning Opportunity to work in a sustained way with a new high school on innovative issues related to STEM teaching/learning

24 Relevance to NC StateRelevance to NC State Provides an opportunity to conduct educational research related to STEM teaching/learning Provides an opportunity to conduct educational research related to STEM teaching/learning Offers recruitment of under-represented students to STEM-related departments Offers recruitment of under-represented students to STEM-related departments Allows NC State to contribute to statewide goal of using university knowledge and expertise to help address challenges and issues related to STEM disciplines with respect to improvements in public education, workforce development, and public awareness Allows NC State to contribute to statewide goal of using university knowledge and expertise to help address challenges and issues related to STEM disciplines with respect to improvements in public education, workforce development, and public awareness

25 Research Partnership Opportunities Angie Wright, Ed.D. WCPSS Angie Wright, Ed.D. WCPSS research/external_research/index.html research/external_research/index.html research/external_research/index.html research/external_research/index.html Dr. Heather Davis, NC State. Assessing Attitudes, Behaviors, and Achievement related to STEM education Dr. Heather Davis, NC State. Assessing Attitudes, Behaviors, and Achievement related to STEM education Measuring Impact of STEM Outreach (MISO). Grant from NSF to NC State. See Logic Model handout Measuring Impact of STEM Outreach (MISO). Grant from NSF to NC State. See Logic Model handout

26 Contact InformationContact Information Rob MathesonRob Matheson Principal, Wake NC State University STEMPrincipal, Wake NC State University STEM Early College High School Early College High School C/O Centennial Middle SchoolC/O Centennial Middle School 1900 Main Campus Drive1900 Main Campus Drive Raleigh, NC 27606Raleigh, NC


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