Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 2/5/2019 - 7:00 PM
Category: INFORMATION / DISCUSSION ITEMS
Type: Info
Subject: 9.1 The 2018-2019 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Report
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Attachment Summary: The 2018-2019 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Report
File Attachment:
2-5 STEM Board Report.pdf
Quick Summary / Abstract: Staff will present the status and highlights of our STEM programs.
Background: The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) is dedicated to preparing students for success in the 21st Century. We are committed to offering project-based learning opportunities to best prepare students for college and careers. These learning opportunities integrate 21st Century skills into the classroom, providing students with the communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity (4Cs) skills identified as essential by the Partnership for 21st Century Framework. Our District has expanded the 4Cs to include Character development. An excellent example of project-based learning is our District’s burgeoning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program, which includes Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum.

PLTW is a non-profit organization that is a nationally recognized provider of a standards-aligned STEM curriculum for use in K-12 education. PLTW is currently being offered at both comprehensive high schools and all middle schools, including both K-8 sites. At the elementary level, all sites are either exploring or have already become a part of the Maker Movement, where students have the opportunity in makerspaces to take an idea from conception to reality, creating, tinkering, overcoming challenges, experiencing failure, and persisting. Together with both PLTW curriculum and makerspaces, LVJUSD students have the opportunity to engage in activities that foster project-based learning and the 4Cs - essential skills for addressing real world problems.
Status LVJUSD is committed to upholding our mission to ensure all students contribute and thrive in a changing world and recognizes that providing our students with STEM opportunities puts them on the path to success. With the STEM expansions across our District, LVJUSD has a STEM pathway creating a bridge from elementary school to high school and beyond. The student interest in STEM continues to remain strong and the pathway continues to expand to support the increase in student demand. This school year, more than 1,600 students will participate in PLTW courses throughout our District, in addition to the 2,500 who will engage in makerspace activities. Students continue to provide positive feedback and express excitement relating to the project-based design and real-world application of the content. Additionally, students enjoy interacting with business and industry partners and are gaining a global perspective.
Fiscal Impact Expenses are paid through grants, designated donations, and our District established instructional materials budget with Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dollars.
Superintendent's Recommendation: This report is informational only and requires no action be taken by the Board of Education.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jodi Robison - Executive Assistant
Signed By:
Kelly Bowers, Ed.D. - Superintendent