The Glossary section provides a list of terms that are used throughout the T-STEM Academy Design Blueprint. As you meet with other academy leaders and T-STEM Coaches, attend professional development events, and speak with the T-STEM Centers, the terms listed in this section will be used frequently. To ensure clarity of the terms, a brief definition accompanies each of the words listed. In addition, some hyperlinks have been added as additional resources for some of the terms listed. If there is a term not listed that you would like further clarification on, please feel free to contact us.

  1. Capstone Project

    A culminating research project and oral and written presentation wherein students apply the skills they have developed in problem definition, issue framing, collection of data and information, interviewing, selection and analyses of alternatives, presentation of findings and recommendations, design of implementation tools, and an analysis of practical and ethical issues. A key component is a review of existing literature related to the project topic. Students find and synthesize research, reports, program materials, and other documents, and present to panels of industry and higher education experts the relevance of key findings for the project and recommendations for future research.

  2. College-Going Culture

    1) understand what it takes to succeed in entry-level college courses; 2) unpack the complexity of the U.S. postsecondary system; 3) preparation a student needs in order to enroll and succeed – without remediation – in credit-bearing general education courses that meet requirements for a baccalaureate degree. “Succeed” is defined as completing entry-level courses at a level of understanding and proficiency sufficient to: 1) pass a subsequent course in the subject area, and 2) apply course knowledge to another subject area.

  3. Culturally Responsive

    Culturally responsive teaching is a research-based teaching method that helps close achievement gaps. Teachers who use culturally responsive instruction recognize students' cultural strengths and experiences and use them as tools to achieve mastery of new knowledge and skills. Inherent in culturally responsive instruction are: 1) curriculum that is both rigorous and relevant to students' lives; and 2) trusting relationships among teachers, students, and families that extend beyond the classroom. A culturally responsive teacher: 1) develops cultural awareness and competency to prevent the norming of whiteness and disconnect for children of color and, 2) helps all children see the relevance and value to their lives in their experiences at school in order to be academically successful. Culturally responsive teachers honor and understand the underlying cultural differences and personal abilities amongst us, and use that knowledge to better engage students in the learning process. Culturally Responsive Teaching. (2006). Multicultural Resource Center, 2(1), 1.

  4. Curriculum Alignment

    Curriculum that is backloaded from the THECB-CCRS and external state and national assessments to ensure vertical and horizontal alignment of content, context, and cognitive levels in the written, taught, and tested curriculum. Aligned curriculum promotes the successful transfer of knowledge, skills, processes, creativity, and innovation to the classroom, state and national assessments, simulated real world (PBL), and the real world.

  5. Customer

     The students, teachers, community, and T-STEM Network.

  6. Customer Service

    A process for capturing student and stakeholder related information.