Lafayette Elementary, San Francisco:
As their school district moves towards adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the six member, K-5th grade teacher team will pursue professional development to transform their science and math instruction to help students develop a design thinking mindset. The team will attend the Engineering is Elementary sessions provided by the Museum of Science in Boston, and plan a STEM retreat with their district’s science department and community-based science organizations to bring the NGSS to their classrooms. By working in a professional learning community to pilot the Engineering is Elementary curriculum, they aim to move from a traditional method of subject matter instruction to an integrated STEM approach.
On December 1, 2016, five LIGHT Awards team members from Lafayette Elementary School attended the “Linking the E and M in STEM” workshop at the Museum of Science in Boston. The Building NGSS Knowledge and STEM Education team shares about their experience.