Quality Instruction Matters

STEMscopes believes the most important strategy schools can use to significantly increase student learning is the quality of instruction. Students flourish when teachers deeply understand the content, best teaching practices, and the use of available instructional resources.

STEMscopes School Success

We deliver highly effective STEM professional learning solutions to educators across the nation through custom-tailored programs that account for the strengths and weaknesses within each school district.

The act of doing real science or engineering work can pique students’ curiosity, capture their interest, and motivate their continued study. Students may then recognize that science and engineering can reveal solutions to many of the major challenges that confront society today. We help teachers engage students with real STEM work that leads to real-world positive outcomes for students and our world.

Who Are We
Helping to Achieve
STEM Excellence?

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  • Campuses
    or districts that have
    plateaued in their STEM
    success and are seeking
    opportunities to reach
    new heights
  • Districts
    that already have
    or are considering
  • Struggling
    campuses or districts
    in need of overall
  • Campuses or
    districts that employ
    STEM instructional
  • Schools with
    a large population
    of new teachers

Reach Out Today to Create Your Custom‑Tailored Plan For STEM Excellence!

Our 6-Step System For School Success

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Step 1

Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses

This is where your journey to excellence begins! District administrators, principals, academic coaches, department leads and classroom teachers are all encouraged to take our customized Science and Engineering Practices Assessment in order to identify strengths and weaknesses for each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.

The Science and Engineering Practices Assessment:

  • Provides information on the perception of science and engineering practices being implemented.
  • Reveals the degree of success or challenges with current science and engineering practices.
  • Identifies specific needs for each campus creating a differentiated learning experience.
  • Creates a road map and clear picture of what needs to be done in order to maximize student achievement.
  • Helps schools to focus on specific scientific practices that contribute to STEM success.

Step 2

Analyzing How Strengths and Weaknesses Affect Student Learning

The Science and Engineering Practices assessment will reveal strengths and weaknesses for each of the 8 practices. This data can be used to determine, down to the classroom teacher level, where professional development is required in order to increase student achievement and teacher understanding. A quantitative score will be determined and a ranking of novice, progressing, or developed will be assigned for each practice.

Step 3

Develop Long- and Short-Term Student Outcome Goals

The following indicators will play a role in setting your goals. Our team will work with you to design a plan that will meet your needs and help you to reach your goals.

  • What are the results of your Science & Engineering Practices Assessment?
  • How are students scoring on district benchmarks or semester exams?
  • How are students scoring on state Science assessments?
  • What percentages of your students are scoring above national average?
  • Can you pinpoint specific campuses/teachers that are underperforming? Why?

Step 4

Identify needs of district leaders and classroom teachers
  • Goal setting/Data mining
  • Consulting/Instructional decisions
  • Coaching
  • Professional growth
  • Continuous improvement/RTI/AVID/Acceleration
  • STEM certification

Step 5

Plan Professional Learning Implementation

Together, we will create a professional learning plan that will include all pertinent details, including professional learning dates, session types, participating campuses, goals, cost, etc.

Once the plan is established, our journey to success begins!

Step 6

Establish a Plan for Ongoing Sustainable Success

Leaders of Learning will have access to ongoing support to ensure student success long after initial goals are met.

Available resources include:

  • New teacher coaching
  • Classroom walkthrough and lesson modeling
  • Reboot of Science & Engineering Practices Assessment to identify future needs.
  • Data analytics checkpoints for STEMscopes Science & STEMscopes Math users

How Does Our Approach to PD Deliver Superior Results?

The NRC Framework identifies eight practices of science and engineering practices that are essential for all students to learn. Our school success team has carefully designed hands-on professional learning sessions that provide educators with opportunities to practice these skills and transfer their learning directly into their curriculum. All sessions are designed with sustained success in mind and our customized white-glove approach allows us to meet your specific needs.

The Science and Engineering Practices Sessions

  • 1. Asking Questions (for Science) and Defining Problems (for Engineering)
  • 2. Developing and Using Models
  • 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
  • 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
  • 6. Constructing Explanations (for Science) and Designing Solutions (for Engineering)
  • 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence
  • 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

Science Instructional Practices

These best practices trainings can be used to enhance teaching practices unique to STEM. From understanding the use of the three dimensions to integrating technology in the classroom, these best practices form the cornerstone of the STEM classroom, distinguishing it from a science classroom. Trainings are provided in a variety of formats—face-to-face, self-paced online, recorded webinar, and live webinars—to best suit teacher schedules and needs.

Our current best practices trainings are outlined below:
  • Understanding the 5E + Intervention / Acceleration Learning Cycle (K-12)
  • Always Time For Science (K-3)
  • Classroom Coaching and/or Consulting (K-12)
  • Understanding and Implementing CER (K-12)
  • Understanding the NGSS: 3D Learning (K-12)
  • Using Literacy and Writing Elements to Strengthen Science Understanding (3-8)

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