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1 Science Foundation Arizona Arizona STEM Network October, 2011

2 2006 – Established by the Governor and State Legislature as a 501c3 non-profit public/private partnership to diversify and strengthen Arizona’s economy and be a catalyst for high-wage, knowledge-based jobs 2008 – SFAz launched STEM Initiative with a commitment from Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Foundation and to focus on STEM education Since 2007, $16M has been invested in STEM programs impacting 260,000 students and 5,500 teachers Brief History

3 Arizona Cities and Schools Impacted

4 Arizona STEM Network Creation 2010 – Refined SFAz STEM mission with support from Gov. Brewer (Economic Recovery), Helios and others to create the Arizona STEM Network. Purpose: to UNIFY, LEVERAGE AND ALIGN resources and efforts toward better student outcomes consistent with Arizona Education Reform Plan.

5 “STEM” means to employ a method of teaching and learning that goes beyond mere transfer of knowledge – it aims for a deep understanding of subject matter and its implications in answering questions and solving problems of local and global importance. In the context of broader educational reform, STEM is a vehicle for improving education outcomes not only in math and science but also in language, social studies and arts. It is an Intra-disciplinary approach to learning that provides project-based and relevant experiences for students. Challenges students to not just “ know and learn”, but to “do.” STEM Defined

6 Collaborative effort of over 800 individuals including: SFAz Board and STEM Advisory Council Expert Work Groups in STEM, Funders National forum of state leaders in STEM Exemplary leaders, teachers, STEM schools Town hall meetings in all 15 counties, coordinated with County Superintendents STEM Network Plan – Outreach

7 Coordination of efforts is critical Shortage of STEM teachers and access to quality STEM professional development and education opportunities Significant desire to pursue STEM in schools Clear need for ongoing support and relationships Build stronger partnership with local businesses Better relationships between K-12 schools and higher education Produce quality and qualified information, tools and resources Measure performance, adapt accordingly, continuously improve STEM Network Plan - Observations

8 Systemic approach More effective way to capture and disseminate knowledge and best practices Stop focus on “programs” Assist schools and districts in STEM integration that meets their unique needs More strategic investment model and leveraging of resources STEM Network Plan - Conclusions

9 FUNDERS Schools and Districts Schools and Districts Knowledge Management Funders School Program School Program      Old Funding Model $$$ $$$$ $$$$$ $$$ Teachers, Technology, Informal Programs Teachers, Technology, Informal Programs Arizona STEM Network Strategic Plan Implementation Return on Investment (ROI) NEW Funding Model Results   Results Information Data


11 College and Career Readiness International-benchmarked, state-adopted standards Knowledge Management  Continuous Improvement  Show Results  Tools and Information  Quality Data  Resource Bank  Identify, collect and support the creation of curricula and professional development Knowledge Management  Continuous Improvement  Show Results  Tools and Information  Quality Data  Resource Bank  Identify, collect and support the creation of curricula and professional development SCHOOLS Help schools integrate quality STEM education in schools Focus funds on rural schools Schools receive seed funds Schools access and implement resources from STEM School Guide to achieve desired STEM level BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY STEM Advocates Meaningful Engagement Actively provide support Understand STEM and Common Core TEACHERS Develop talent to engage students Pre-service and In-service PD Authentic experiences SFAz/TFA focus on rural teachers Network SYSTEMS Model: Anticipate work beginning January 1

12 Integrate STEM in Schools Collaborative effort with ESA’s and STEM school leaders Specific but flexible strategies for integrating STEM into schools Philosophical and cultural shift to intra-disciplinary, inquiry-based and hands-on teaching and learning that is rigorous and relevant Resource bank connecting to effective programs Immersion Matrix that details steps and strategies for: Foundations How To Roadmap Leading Learning Evaluating Budget Sustainability Resource Bank Teaching

13 STEM Network Plan – STEM School Immersion Matrix



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