Developing New Stem Practices And Evaluating Progress On The Practices

766 Words Apr 27th, 2016 4 Pages
Developing New STEM Practices As the name of this action plan indicates, introducing Agora’s teachers’ to the eight STEM practices from the NGSS is essential aspect of Agora’s STEM progress. Even though Agora does not follow the NGSS standards, the school can follow the Framework for K-12 Science Education and successfully implement the STEM practices (NGSS, 2013). Through the training with the EiE curriculum, teachers will be introduced to the STEM practices, but additional work needs to be accomplished. Agora already has a framework in place of regular professional learning communities (PLC) managed by lead teachers daily. “In a nutshell, PLCs entail whole-staff involvement in a process of intensive reflection upon instructional practices and desired student benchmarks, as well as, monitoring of outcomes to ensure success” (Provini, 2012, para. 4). One PLC weekly at the 3-5 level will be devoted to planning lessons that incorporate the STEM practices and evaluating progress on the practices. During our October professional development, the 3-5 staff will studies portions of Vasquez ‘s Stem Lesson Essentials, Grades 3-5 to learn more about the eight STEM practices and to gain understanding on how to implement them into instruction. As an individual already trained in the practices and using them in instruction, I will lead this initial professional develop. After the initial introduction, teachers will meet during a weekly PLC to create lessons and evaluate…

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