TISD STEM teachers are moving forward in earning a nationally recognized STEM Teaching Certification through the National Institute of STEM Education (NISE), a certification that will allow TISD “to transform the STEM experience for teachers and students, strengthen the STEM culture and aid in raising student achievement, and continue to elevate their teaching to advanced and engaging levels, “ according to Holly Tucker, TISD Chief Academic Officer.
During the current school year, TISD has an estimated 50 teachers and nine administrators going through the certification process. All newly hired STEM teachers for 2021-22 will complete the certification process. Beginning the 2021-22 school year, TISD will be working on certification for campuses serving STEM students.
The TISD STEM Program has become a replicable model of excellence for STEM education in which students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to become 21st century leaders who are positioned for post-secondary success in STEM related fields. Their efforts began with the opening of the Martha and Josh Morriss Mathematics & Engineering Elementary School in 2007 followed by the STEM model being extended to Texas Middle School in 2008. To expedite the STEM vision, the Ross Perot STEM Academy @ Texas High School was opened in 2009.
“TISD has achieved regional and national recognition for our development of a strong foundation for innovative STEM education,” shared Cathy Klopper, Director of STEM Education. TISD served as the host facility for the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology Field Hearing in 2008 and again in 2011. Their STEM Professional Development program received the American School Board Journal Magna Award in 2009 and was named a District of Distinction by District Administration magazine in March 2016. Additionally, TISD received the STEM Leadership Award in 2014 from the International Association for STEM Leaders.
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