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The STEM Shift

The STEM Shift
A Guide for School Leaders

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Instructional Leadership | Science

May 2015 | 192 pages | Corwin

All you need to make the shift to STEM a reality! 

Now more than ever, educational leaders are encouraged to implement STEM as the foundation for preparing students with the 21st century skills required for college and career readiness. This resource makes the process of shifting to a comprehensive, integrated STEM school or district within reach!  

Invaluable case studies featuring current STEM pioneers from across the country model how successful, STEM-centered learning takes place. You’ll find process-specific best practices and strategies to help you:

  • Understand, create, and lead the STEM change process
  • Transform existing school programs
  • Prepare the school community for STEM and plan for STEM integration
  • Integrate 21st Century Skills, the arts, and humanities
  • Create essential partnerships with business and higher education

Includes step-by-step checklists and visual mapping guides for successfully navigating the STEM change process. Use this groundbreaking resource to systematically implement coherent and integrated STEM instruction that transforms learning and prepares students for the global economy! 

Part I. Why STEM?
Chapter 1. The Tipping Point
Chapter 2. The 21st Century Learning Environment
Chapter 3. Clearing the Path
Chapter 4. The Achievement Gap
Chapter 5. Special Populations
Part II. Shifting
Chapter 6. The Shift Begins Within a Leader
Chapter 7. Entering the STEM Shift
Chapter 8. Planning the Shift
Chapter 9. STEM Curriculum Shifting
Chapter 10. Developing Capacity: STEM-Centric Professional Development
Chapter 11. Time for STEM
Chapter 12. STEM Collaborations and Trust
Chapter 13. A Call to Action
Appendix: A Checklist for Evaluating the Quality of the Planning Process
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"Reading Jill and Ann's column in Education Week has been a critical part of my weekly reading since they've begun writing it.  I've learned a lot from those short snippets, and now it's exciting to see their expanded thoughts in The Stem Shift. You can't go wrong by reading anything they write!"

Larry Ferlazzo, High school teacher, Ed Week columnist, and author of seven books including Helping Students Motivate Themselves

"The STEM Shift frames the current STEM movement as a powerful lever for the learning of all students (and their teachers) and issues a call to leadership to make it so. The book offers both a useful primer on what STEM means and an expansive vision as to what it can be. Both will serve teachers, principals, superintendents, board members and others who will drive this change."

Terry Chadsey, Executive Director
Center for Courage & Renewal
Key features

This book can be used as both a practitioner resource and a training resource. It is a practical guide both for those trying to lead change as well as those implementing it. The book offers:

  • Field stories throughout. Examples of successful practices will be rich and precise, in order for the reader to get a picture of what the result can look like.
  • Sample processes that can be used to transform existing programs. Checklists and visual mapping of the processes will be included.
  • Tips on how to strategically plan for the shift to STEM.
  • Proven methods for preparing the school community for the shift to STEM.
  • Training suggestions for teachers and leaders.

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