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Back to School: Six UCPS schools transform teaching and learning through STEM Leader Corps

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Beginning this school year, six UCPS elementary schools will have the unique opportunity to completely transform the way STEM education is offered in their schools.

Through the STEM Leader Corps program with Discovery Education, the selected schools -- Fairview, Poplin, Sardis, Stallings, Walter Bickett and Western Union – will be immersed in three years of intensive professional development sessions and experiences designed to not only build but sustain a culture of STEM education in their schools.

Much of that culture shift has already been in the works throughout all of UCPS’ 53 schools, thanks to the district’s EmpowerED framework. But the STEM Leader Corps presents the participating schools with the opportunity to participate in more intense, frequent and in-house professional development sessions for all teachers at the school.

Each STEM Leader Corps school has already selected teacher leaders who will attend the professional development sessions offered through Discovery Education.

Following these sessions, a coach will then visit their respective schools to assist these teachers with their classroom lessons, ultimately turning their classroom into a “fishbowl lab” that provides other teachers with an opportunity to visit and observe the lessons.

Stay tuned for how Poplin is going to implement the STEM education program!