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.
Individualized graduation plan.
Institution of Higher Education, including Texas-sanctioned academic and specialty trade schools for high school graduates.
Students failing to meet expectations on state/district assessments will receive an individualized acceleration plan designed to address their specific areas of growth.
Content of one type incorporated into another type. Ex: Curriculum using the concepts and skills from at least two different academic content areas for the authentic study of a multidisciplinary topic, problem, or design challenge.
An approach to teaching and learning that recognizes that individual content areas should not be taught in isolation. Integrative STEM pedagogy incorporates the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into multiple content areas, and focuses on the integration of the content as evidenced in the real world.
Internships are student work experiences in STEM related fields that are linked to a student’s academic coursework, college/career, or capstone interest. They afford opportunities for students to confirm choice of major and/or career while gaining practical work experience. Internships may be done concurrently while a student is carrying a full time academic course load or may be done during the summer.