What is STEM?
D.A.T.E. and STEM
Great teachers at D.A.T.E. make all the difference. If we are to ensure that more Georgia students have strong STEM education, we must grow and diversify the workforce of highly-skilled STEM educators. The move to Georgia Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards require dramatic transformations in instructional practice and, in turn, wholesale change in how we prepare and support educators for both the formal classroom and informal learning programs.
The characteristics of highly-regarded preparation and induction programs in STEM subjects for K–8 teachers draws from them recommendations about the reforms needed to strengthen teachers’ science and math content knowledge and pedagogical skills, as well as attract and retain more outstanding candidates in the teaching profession. We will continue to provide quality training, immerse the faculty and staff into quality performances based STEM initiatives, and to drive STEM home to our students and school stakeholders.
Education for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has received increasing attention over the past decade with calls both for greater emphasis on these fields and for improvements in the quality of curricula and instruction. In response, numerous new instructional materials, programs, and specialized schools are emerging. While most of these initiatives address one or more of the STEM subjects separately, there are increasing calls for emphasizing connections between and among the subjects.
Advocates of more integrated approaches to K–12 STEM education argue that teaching STEM in a more connected manner, especially in the context of real-world issues, can make the STEM subjects more relevant to students and teachers. This in turn can enhance motivation for learning and improve student interest, achievement, and persistence. And these outcomes, advocates assert, will help address calls for greater workplace and college readiness as well as increase the number of students who consider a career in a STEM-related field.
Recently, both the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics(CCSSM) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have called for more and deeper connections among the STEM subjects. The NGSS explicitly includes practices and core disciplinary ideas from engineering alongside those for science, raising the expectation that science teachers will be expected to teach science and engineering in an integrated fashion.
-National Academies Press