STEM jobs are growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM jobs, and the U.S. is simply not producing enough candidates to fill them. Only 16% of high school seniors are interested in pursuing STEM careers.
--According to the U.S. Department of Education
Please note that Mathematics Specialist Services are now a component of STEM Education Services.
This program is designed to help districts build capacity of STEM course offerings and curriculum for students and teachers. Areas where CESA #4 supports and provides training include, but are not limited to:
- Mathematics Education: CESA #4 Mathematics Specialist helps districts build solid core instruction in mathematics, understand and instruct to the Mathematical Practice standards, and provides support to districts to integrate best practices for a math-rich school setting.
- Common Core State Standards Integration (ELA, DL, and Mathematics): Directors can help clarify the standards and provide a review of data with school/district teams to identify areas of need for district STEM integration.
- Next Generation Science Standards: This program explains how these standards are organized and the pedagogical principles within the standards. New components of engineering education, science and mathematics practices, crosscutting concepts, and performance expectations are emphasized.
- Engineering/Robotics/Maker Education: Engineering design and engineering practices were recently included in the science standards. Support is provided to schools as they work to integrate these additional concepts into their curricula.
- Grant Writing: CESA #4 staff helps districts find and write grants that support STEM education, curriculum, and purchase of resources (i.e., Fab Lab) .
- Real-World Project Development: Connect STEM education to real-world projects and problem solving that are relevant to your community. Personalized student instruction is emphasized.
- Technology Tools in STEM: The goal is to support schools using technology tools in STEM education. This includes robotics, applications, coding and web-based programming, and gaming learning environments for students.
- Access to STEM Resource Library: Districts may check out STEM-related resources including LEGO MindStorms, Spheros, Mobile Maker kits, and additional resources as they become available.
This service is designed for:
- Grades K-12 science, technology, and mathematics educators
- Computer science educators
- CTE educators
- Technology integration specialists or coaches
- Curriculum and instruction directors
- Gifted and talented services coordinators
- Library media specialists
CESA #4 STEM Education Services are eligible under the TEACH 2.0 Teacher Training Consortium Grant.
Level 1 - Basic Service
Membership in CESA #4 STEM Google+ PLC
- Access to digital resources
- Google Hangout meetings as determined by participants’ needs
1A. 10 STEM seats
1B. 20 STEM seats
Level 2 - Customized Service
Customized in-district support for science, mathematics, engineering, and technology integration:
- Professional development of staff (large, small group)
- Integration into existing curriculum
- Administrative advisory STEM initiative consulting
- Curriculum planning to include support in writing SLO’s, Essential Learning Outcomes, and Learning Targets
- Performance task writing, implementation, and scoring support
For more informtion contact:
Nicole Cooksey, CESA #4 STEM Director
(608) 786-4833 or Toll Free (800) 514-3075
FAX (608) 786-4801
Digital Learning Director/CESA #4 STEM Director
(608) 786-4827; Toll Free (800) 514-3075
Fax: (608) 786-4801
(608) 786-4832; Toll Free (800) 514-3075
FAX (608) 786-4801