T-STEM Blueprint/Key Elements for Success

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There are key elements for success that all mature T-STEM Academies possess and are hallmarks of the T-STEM program. Successful implementation of the T-STEM Blueprint requires that Academies work towards these key elements and behaviors. Potential applicants will need to institute these elements early in the pre-designation process. The key elements include:

  • Written mission and vision statement
  • Master schedule for advising
  • Schedule that reflects dual credit courses


Essential Elements - A Planning Guide for Continuous Growth

The T-STEM Academies Design Blueprint is intended to serve as a road map for benchmarks, program requirements, and indicators to facilitate individual STEM Academy growth along the Blueprint Rubric Continuum of Developing, Implementing, Mature, and Role Model.  Each Academy may differ in their areas of strength as evidenced by their self-evaluation and resulting Annual Action Plan; however, the following is a list of core program requirements that are the essential elements critical to Academy success.

Benchmark 1: Mission-Driven Leadership

1.1 Annual Action Plan
1.2 Design Team, Leadership Team, Advisory Board
1.4.A 6th – 12th Academy Leadership Teams collaborate regularly

Benchmark 2: T-STEM Culture

2.1.A Small school
2.1.F IGP with Endorsement and Performance Acknowledgement plan reviewed at least annually with 6th – 12th parents and students
2.3.A Prepares students for postsecondary coursework and careers in STEM fields
2.3.E IHE MOUs for dual credit and/or certifications/licensures
2.3.F Graduates students with 12-30 college course credits (Dual Credit, AP, IB, etc.)

Benchmark 3: Student Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention

3.1.A Marketing plan
3.2.A Open access/lottery
3.3.B Summer Bridge/Student orientation

Benchmark 4: Teacher Selection, Development, and Retention

4.1.B Collaborative recruiting process for selecting highly qualified teachers
4.2.B PLC with a professional development model for continuous learning
4.2.C Teachers participate in externships with IHEs, business, industry, and community
4.3.B Common planning time within the structure of the school day

Benchmark 5: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

5.1.D Graduates students with a Distinguished Level of Achievement; an Endorsement other than Multidisciplinary, with a primary focus on a STEM Endorsement; and a Performance Acknowledgement.
5.2.A Develops integrated STEM curriculum, assessment and instruction for the Academy
5.2.B Students complete 3 years of STEM electives at MS; 4 years of STEM electives at HS
5.2.F Extracurricular STEM activities, field experiences, clubs, and competitions
5.2.G Internship and/or capstone
5.3 Project-based and problem-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment

Benchmark 6: Strategic Alliances

6.1 Family/school partnership plan
6.2 Community/business advisory board
6.3 MOUs with business, industry, and community

Benchmark 7: Academy Advancement and Sustainability

7.1 Budget/business plan
7.2 Five year strategic plan
7.3 Annually revisits Strategic Plan and Annual Action Plan for continuous improvement