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. High Performing Team

    Teams that use work processes to systematically pursue ever higher levels of overall organizational and individual performance, including quality, productivity, innovation, and accountability. High-performing teams demonstrate results in improved programs and services for students and stakeholders. (2009-2010 Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence, p. 62)

  2. Highly Qualified

    The federal definition of a “Highly Qualified” teacher is one who is: fully certified and/or licensed by the state; holds at least a bachelor’s degree from a four-year institution; and demonstrates competence in each core academic subject area in which the teacher teaches.