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. Professional Learning Community

    A professional learning community is composed of collaborative teams whose members work interdependently to achieve common goals linked to the purpose of learning. The very essence of a learning community is a focus on and a commitment to the learning of each student (Dufour, Dufour, Eaker, and Many, 2006, p.3). To create a professional learning community, 1) focus on learning rather than teaching, 2) work collaboratively, and 3) hold yourself accountable for results.

  2. Project-Based Learning (PBL)

    T-STEM Project Based Learning (PBL) is an inquiry-based instructional approach, in a real-world context, where students generate the pathways and products that meet defined, standards-based outcomes. PBL allows students to utilize 21st century skills to access and master content. These skills include communication and presentation, organization and time management, research and inquiry, self-assessment and reflections, and group participation and leadership skills.