Recommendations on Prioritizing Arizona’s Education Reform Plan

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ARIZONA STUDENTS PREPARED TO SUCCEED IN COLLEGE AND CAREERS. DATA USE. STANDARDS & ASSESSMENTS. GREAT TEACHERS GREAT LEADERS. SUPPORTING STRUGGLING SCHOOLS. REGIONAL CENTERS. STEM. HIGHER EDUCATION. DATA SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY. LEADERSHIP, COHESIVENESS & FUNDING. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

Text of Recommendations on Prioritizing Arizona’s Education Reform Plan

  • Recommendations on Prioritizing Arizonas Education Reform Plan

  • Link to Arizonas Education Reform Planhttp://azgovernor.gov/EduReform.asp

  • *STEM

  • *American Education has lost its groove!The Challenge

  • *IntelsAndrew Grove a new breed of companies built on intellectual capital from which came new ideas producing new thingsThe Opportunity

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    Reforming Science Education in America a long conversation

    Nation at Risk1983Before It Is Too Late2000Splintered Vision1997 Rising Above the Gathering Storm 2006

  • *Arizona Student performance in Science and MathNational Center for Educational Statistics, January 2011

  • *College Graduation Rates in the U.S.1- OECD iLibrary, http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/sites/20755120-2010-table1/index.html?contentType=/ns/KeyTable,/ns/StatisticalPublication&itemId=/content/table/20752 National Science Board, Science and Engineering Indicators, 2010, NSFDespite a slight increase in college graduation rate from 34.4% in 2000 to 36.5% in 2007, our rate of increase has been surpassed by 13 other countries1.The US has fallen in International Rank from 8th in 2000 to 14th in 20071

  • *College Graduation Rates in ARIZONA equally dismal Arizonas increase in college graduation rate was also a dismal 3% over the past 10 years2.2 National Science Board, Science and Engineering Indicators, 2010, NSF3 Brandi, C.K., Frehill, L.M., Frampton, A., STEM in the States, First Edition, Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology, November 2009.Just 4.5% of these STEM degrees were awarded to Hispanic, African American and Native American students

  • *Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) was created in 2006 as a unique 501(c)3 public/private nonprofit organization to- strengthen the Arizona economy - provide for a good educational system establish high quality, high paying jobsSTEM Initiative supports the Arizonas College and Career Readiness ObjectivesInvested in over 40 STEM Education programs, ranging from K - Post-doc, across ArizonaAll investments are decided by a national peer-reviewed, competitive basisOperate with an internationally known Board of DirectorsOperating funds provided by private sector*Science Foundation Arizona

  • *16115184760 Scientific Publications STEM Education Impact Spin Off Companies Jobs Created/Retained Patents Filed/Issued160,000 students, 2900 teachersBattelle ROI Measures Impacts* As of June 2010 from FY 07/09 21st Century State Funds*Leveraged $3 for each $1 awarded to Arizona universities

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    Arizona Cities and Schools Impacted

  • *ImpactsTesting new multidisciplinary models for STEMEcoTech High School

  • *ImpactsMoving informal STEM learning and teaching into the classroomGallileoscopeFIRST RoboticsACST at B2Wetlands Project

  • *ImpactsFORT HUACHUCABuilding pathways to college and career readiness through STEM

  • *ImpactsExpanding graduate research to include teaching and community service

  • *Impacts*Programs developed within one K-12 district have been replicated elsewhereStar Parties

  • *STEM Innovation HeroesOngoing, statewide program to recognize innovation by students and teachers within STEM educationCelebrated for:advances in STEM education and achievementraising the importance of STEM educationinspiring others to follow in their footstepsRewards$500 gift certificate for classroom supplies to teachers $1,000 EE savings bond for college to studentsNomination forms available at www.sfaz.orgDr. Andrew Lettes, HS Chemistry TeacherPueblo Magnet HS, Tucson

  • *Research and STEM EducationInstitute for Mineral Resources (IMR):

    Solar Technology Institute (STI):

    Aerospace Defense Initiative (ADI):

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  • *The Challenge: DisparateSTEM programs and activities20th century schoolmodelsTeacher quality programs and initiativesPromising practices

  • *The Opportunity: Align and Leverage Disconnected Efforts20th century schoolmodelsTeacher quality programs and initiativesPromising practices

  • *SFAZ: Leader and Engine ofthe Arizona STEM Network20th century schoolmodelsTeacher quality programs and initiativesPromising practicesSFAzs

  • *Arizona STEM Network functionBuild Statewide consensus Prioritize actions and investments more strategicallyIdentify and measure what worksExpand and replicate what worksLeverage investments in Arizona for program success and sustainabilityAccelerate improvements.ReflectContinuous Improvement Cycle

  • *Skilled workforceLeverage investments more broadly and strategicallyInvestments are managed, evaluated and measured toward ROILinkages to best practicesBrand recognition throughout schools and communities in ArizonaValue Proposition:Business/Funders *

  • *Access to qualified information about programs and providersTies to state and national trends that bring resourcesValue Proposition:Schools Resource savings and leveraging Ability to evaluate and measure outcomesFill gaps with available resources Solar hotdogsBiosphere 2

  • *Recognition of quality workConnections to resources and schoolsAdditional marketingGreater expansion potentialValue Proposition:Providers Sustainability of programsA voice for advocacy and influence at the policy level

  • *Qualified workforceComprehensive plan of actionComprehensive messageAccomplishments something that positively impacts perceptions of ArizonaImproved opportunity for economic developmentValue Proposition:State Goldberg with Senator Lopez

  • *SFAZ: Planning Stage20th century schoolmodelsTeacher quality programs and initiativesPromising practicesDeveloping Strategic Implementation Plan that identifies the Network priorities.Teacher Leader SupportSTEM PathwaysInstructional ResourcesDeveloping Business plan that drives the function of the Network toward the agreed-upon Strategic Implementation Plan.

  • *What are your key community priorities for education? How are you preparing your kids for college and career readiness? What are your goals for your students?How would the Governors office or a statewide organization such as SFAz and the STEM Network need to operate in order to help your county implement effective programs such as STEM for the long-term.What are some key education programs and initiatives, related to STEM education or otherwise, occurring in your community? E.g., formal and informal, K-12, college and career readiness, business/community readiness?Discussion Questions

  • *Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/SFAz-STEM-Initiative/144397262286820 Twitter:http://twitter.com/ScienceFoundAz Website:www.sfaz.orgLinks to SFAz and the STEM Network

  • Must be noted that vital supports are threaded within and across the four pillars:

    Regional Centers for training and technical assistance to the local schools and districts;

    A focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics;The involvement of higher education to produce strong teachers and leaders who are prepared to work in a standards-based system as well as using new state assessments to determine preparedness of high school graduates for credit bearing coursework;The use of robust data systems accessible at all levels as well as an integration of technology;

    A strong commitment from the state in terms of leadership, cohesiveness and funding; and

    Assurance of public transparency and accountabilityMust be noted that vital supports are threaded within and across the four pillars:

    Regional Centers for training and technical assistance to the local schools and districts;

    A focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics;The involvement of higher education to produce strong teachers and leaders who are prepared to work in a standards-based system as well as using new state assessments to determine preparedness of high school graduates for credit bearing coursework;The use of robust data systems accessible at all levels as well as an integration of technology;

    A strong commitment from the state in terms of leadership, cohesiveness and funding; and

    Assurance of public transparency and accountability

    Educators themselves believe there are systemic problems. The Northwest Regional Education Lab recently surveyed educators across Washington and found that a majority believe we: Lack of a coherent system for supporting the entry, development and retention of quality staff; and Lack of coherence across multiple initiatives or programs to sustain an orderly, organized strategy for school change.