Guest Author: Infusing STEM in the Elementary Classroom, Part 2


Student Mindsets of STEM-Infusion By Miranda Reagan If you read my first post and came back for this one, I hope you are beginning to see that STEM-integration is both worthwhile and doable at the elementary level. In fact, it not only reinforces learning in all subject areas, but also provides students with 21st century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. In our experience so far in the process of STEM-infusion, we have discovered that students undergo […]

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Guest Author: STEM-Infusing the Elementary Classroom, Part 1


The Whys and Hows of Elementary STEM-Infusion By Miranda Reagan Teachers today face a unique challenge. The world we live in is changing so rapidly that we have no way of imagining the future we are preparing our students to live in. Gone are the days of teaching and memorizing facts. Our constantly changing lives drive a need for students to be able to synthesize, apply, and innovate with information. Teachers are charged with not only preparing our students to […]

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2014 TCAP Shows Continued Growth in STEM

TCAP Results 2014

Today, the Tennessee Department of Education released the statewide results for the 2013-2014 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP).   The statewide results provide additional insight for areas of needed focus in the coming year and provide a pulse-check on our state’s commitment to raising the bar in the classroom. We celebrate with students and educators that this year’s TCAP scores demonstrate sustained growth in mathematics and science! This year’s data bodes well for our efforts to improve and expand the teaching […]

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Sharing the Tennessee Model: Building a Statewide Network for STEM

TSIN Group at ORAU Conference June 2014

TSIN Hub Directors pictured left to right: Wesley Hall, TSIN; Jack Rhoton, ETSU Northeast TN; Sally Pardue, Upper Cumberland; Alfred Hall, West TN; Vicki Metzgar, Middle TN; and Marilyn Roddy, STEMspark East TN. Not pictured: Keri Randolph, SE TN. Since its establishment in 2010, the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) has established a strong network to support STEM education throughout the state. In June, TSIN shared the accomplishments of its Network and six regional Hubs during a panel session at […]

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Creating Effective STEM Lessons


This article was written by Anne Jolly,  Education Week Teacher, June 17, 2014. Six Characteristics of a Great STEM Lesson. STEM is more than just a grouping of subject areas. It is a movement to develop the deep mathematical and scientific underpinnings students need to be competitive in the 21st-century workforce. But this movement goes far beyond preparing students for specific jobs. STEM develops a set of thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative, and creative skills that students can use in all […]

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STEM Platform Schools Graduate First Class

Congrats class of 2014

When the 2014 graduates at L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville and Stratford STEM Magnet High School in Nashville walked across the stage and received their diplomas, it marked another important step along their path to a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Amid the camera flashes from a sea of beaming parents, these students stand out not only for their academic achievements, but also as trailblazers. As the first class to graduate from a TN STEM platform school, these […]

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L&N STEM Academy Celebrates Graduates

L&N 1st graduating class 2014

Congratulations to the first graduating class at Knoxville’s L&N STEM Academy, a TSIN platform school. With this years graduating class, the school has an impressive 100% graduation rate with 95% of students headed to four-year or two-year college, or the military. The 2014 graduates earned $1.562 million in scholarship funds, which equates to $37,190 per student.  Since opening in 2011 in the historic L&N building, the school has earned a reputation for its approach to education, which weaves STEM (science, […]

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