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Brown New Tech Earns T-STEM Designation from TEA

Active Learning at this West Side school got a boost of science, technology, engineering and math thanks to a new designation from the Texas Education Agency.

Brown Middle School is now an official T-STEM Academy and is one of a selective number of campuses in Texas who offers a curriculum focusing on those important subjects.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our students,” said principal Laurie Enloe. “Our teachers are also excited about being offered this type of rigorous and innovative curriculum to this community.”

The school was invited to apply for the designation as part of Franklin High School’s T-STEM designation process, creating a 6-12 pathway for students.

“Our teachers are so excited about the opportunities they have to engage students in new ways,” principal Laurie Enloe said. “I can’t express more how exciting it is to be a bulldog.”

Brown qualified for the T-STEM designation by implementing a blueprint of instruction that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. The middle school was invited to apply for the designation as part of Franklin High School’s T-STEM designation process.

“This creates an opportunity for students to have a pathway in STEM from the sixth-grade to high-school graduation,” Enloe said.

At Brown, the program starts in sixth-grade with Gateway to STEM and continues with Pathways to STEM and Applications of STEM in seventh and eighth grade, respectively.

Science teacher Ryan Edwards has already started using project-based learning in his classes.

“Out-of-the-box thinking comes with students taking control of their own learning,” Edwards said. “When you have a project-based classroom and students answer questions in their own way that stimulates innovation. I think it’s crucial because then students feel connected to the material they are learning.”

Brown student Juancarlos Escobar is excited his fellow peers will be implementing project-based learning in the traditional classroom.

“It’s more hands-on and you get to do your own thing. You can talk to other students and collaborate more on projects,” the seventh-grader said. “You learn to be more responsible and have more agency in your learning.”

Eastlake, Montwood Receive TEA T-STEM Designation, Planning Year Approval for 2018-19

Eastlake and Montwood high schools have received the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) application planning year approval and designation, respectively, by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for the 2018-19 school year.

T-STEM Academies are rigorous secondary schools focusing on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects. They increase the number of students who study and enter STEM careers.

“We are excited to have been awarded the T-STEM designation and planning year approval at Montwood and Eastlake High School,” said Carmen Crosse, assistant superintendent of secondary education. “The innovative instruction and support our students will receive through these programs is another endless opportunity they can benefit from.”

This is the first year Eastlake High School receives the planning year approval for its computer science program.  Eastlake’s computer science T-STEM Academy will engage in a year of planning with TEA-selected technical assistance providers to meet the design elements and requirements in the T-STEM blueprint.

Upon successful completion of the planning year, the school will be eligible to apply for the provisional designation in 2019-20.

“Receiving the T-STEM application planning year approval from TEA is truly an honor for our campus,” said Gilbert Martinez, principal at Eastlake High School. “We are very excited for students and teachers. Our computer science classes are a prime example of extending the most opportunities for all students in Socorro ISD as a T-STEM school.”

Montwood’s Synergi4 Academy has earned the designation since 2014.

“We are excited to continue providing our Synergi4 biomedical and engineering students with the great opportunities that come from being a TEA T-STEM designated campus,” said Carlos Guerra, Montwood principal. “We are happy to continue making Montwood High School and Team SISD the best place to be.”

T-STEM academies have access to professional development, receive technical assistance, and participate in the network of T-STEM Academies. Students can receive a high school diploma while earning college credit, they also can complete industry certifications and credentials.

T-STEM campuses are designated based on a rigorous designation process, according to the TEA website. Once a campus is designated, professional development and technical assistance are provided to designated T-STEM academies to serve as demonstration schools and learning labs.

Designated academies showcase innovative instruction methods which integrate technology and engineering into science and mathematics instruction.

“Thank you for Socorro ISD’s hard work and dedication in providing STEM opportunities for students so they may accelerate their learning and graduate from high school prepared for the post-secondary path of their choosing,” said Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, in a letter.

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