The STEM Center of South Texas extends a gracious thank you to all attendees of the 2nd Annual South Texas STEM Summit hosted by the Region One ESC. STEM programs of all types benefited from learning experiences under the theme “Connected Minds, Connected Futures.” The Summit featured two days carefully designed to serve multiple needs.
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STEM Center of South Texas
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Become a STEM Designated Campus
2017 - 2018 T-STEM Designation Application Open
T-STEM Academies are schools designed to improve instruction and academic performance in STEM related subjects in secondary schools (grades six through twelve, or grades nine through twelve). Under the authority of Texas Education Code (TEC), §39.235 and Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §102.1093, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has developed a designation process for T-STEM Academies. The designation process ensures that districts operating T-STEM campuses maintain the integrity of the model and effectively incorporate elements of the T-STEM Design Blueprint.
In accordance with TAC §102.1093, the designation process is required for all existing and proposed T-STEM Academies. Schools that receive the T-STEM designation will receive a number of benefits, including:
- Access to Technical Assistance
Designated T-STEM Academies will be provided a leadership coach who visits the campus to provide technical assistance in the design and implementation of the academy based on the T-STEM Blueprint (contingent on legislative appropriation).
- Participation in T-STEM Convenings
Special events hosted by TEA provide opportunities for T-STEM Academy administrators to provide input on policies and procedures that impact T-STEM Academies.
- Membership in the T-STEM Network
Opportunities are provided for principals, teachers, and students in designated T-STEM Academies to share best practices through conferences and technical assistance sessions. Membership in the T-STEM Network also allows T-STEM Academy staff to access online resources, professional development, and webinars.
- Recognition as an Approved T-STEM Academy
T-STEM Academies will receive various forms of media recognition including, but not limited to: identification on TEA's website as a state-approved T-STEM Academy, and recognition in press releases.
Applying for T-STEM Designation
The T-STEM designation application is available online at the following address: thetrc.org/TSTEM2017/.
- Applications must be submitted to TEA through the online application interface on or before Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm CST in order to be eligible for designation as a T-STEM Academy during the 2017-2018 school year. The TEA anticipates notifying each applicant of its approval status to operate as a designated T-STEM Academy by June 2017.
T-STEM Academy Designation Overview
and Technical Assistance Webinar
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The webinar provides an opportunity to learn about the T-STEM Academy designation requirements including benefits and application requirements. An overview of the online designation system will be provided.
Representatives of designated T-STEM Academies, and districts or charter schools planning on applying, are encouraged to attend.
Additional Assistance Completing the Application
- The current 121 designated T-STEM Academies may contact their T-STEM coaches and should incorporate information from the self-assessment conducted in 2017.
Regional STEM Academy Network
STEM Leadership Meetings
T-STEM Academy Leaders are invited to participate in these full-half day institutes that will focus on the areas of the STEM Blueprint that have presented a challenge to the campuses in our region. Topics will include developing an effective advisory board, creating a capstone/internship program, implementing project-based learning in all subjects, creating a STEM culture, and fulfilling the STEM endorsement requirements.
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Edinburg, TX 78541