October 2019

In October 2018, TUSD received a $4 million, 5-year grant from the US Department of Education to create and implement PreK-12 core instruction in STEM, with a focus on engineering and computer science, for all students in TUSD. Starting in the Fall of 2019, students in PreK to grade 5 have been engaged in STEM through their new units of study. Now it’s time to expand integrated STEM into grades 6 through 12.

The TUSD 6-12 STEM Planning Committee has already begun the work to give input and make recommendations to the PreK-12STEM Pathway Leadership Council about the next steps of this systemic reform. TUSD is continuing to recruit teacher-leaders in grades 6-12 from all content areas to be part of this work, especially teachers of ELA, CTE, Math, and History-Social Science.

What might reading and writing look like in the study of STEM? What career education in the humanities? What kinds of creative design challenges would engage and empower middle and high school students today?

The committee members need you! We encourage teachers in grades 6-12 with experience in Rigorous Curriculum Design in ELA or Math, integrated instructional in any content areas, disciplinary literacy work, NGSS implementation, interest in STEM, creativity in curriculum development, and/or general enthusiasm for student-centered teaching to join this planning committee. Teachers can “apply” (show their interest) at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6-12STEM