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It has been our intention to return to some form of in-person learning as soon as it was determined by our health departments that it is both safer and feasible to do so. On September 21, during our virtual town hall with county health department officials, we reviewed the current coronavirus data for our community. To this end, our county health agency partners have made the recommendation that it is now appropriate for us to return to a hybrid learning model. Click here to watch the virtual town hall discussion about the data guiding our decisions and current levels in our community. Beginning Monday, October 5, we will be implementing a hybrid in-person learning schedule for all students who are not currently enrolled in the LaunchED program. LaunchED student’s schedules will not be impacted by this change.
Cómo usted sabe, nuestra intención ha sido volver a alguna forma de aprendizaje en persona tan pronto cómo nuestros departamentos de salud determinen que es más seguro y factible hacerlo. Anoche, durante nuestra junta virtual con los funcionarios del departamento de salud del condado, revisamos los datos actuales del coronavirus para nuestra comunidad. Con esto, nuestros asociados de las agencias de salud pública del condado han recomendado que ahora es apropiado que regresemos a un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido. Haga clic aquí para ver la discusión de la junta virtual sobre los datos que guían nuestras decisiones y los niveles actuales en nuestra comunidad. Comenzando el lunes 5 de octubre, estaremos implementando un programa de aprendizaje híbrido en persona para todos los estudiantes que no estén inscritos actualmente en el programa LaunchED. Los horarios de estudiantes LaunchED no serán impactados por este cambio.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - but there is a lot more to it than this. STEM has three key components: its content (what is taught), its processes (how it is taught) and its dispositions (characteristics required and cultivated by participating in STEM education).
STEM of course focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. A key component, however, is that STEM is an integrated approach in which students explore and use 2, 3 or all 4 of these content areas at the same time.
How STEM is taught is as important as what is taught. STEM learning is very active and hands-on. It is problem and inquiry-based with an emphasis on longer-term project-based learning. Authenticity and relevancy of the learning experience promotes a high-level of student engagement, and keeps the learning truly student-centered.
As do IB learners, STEM learners cultivate certain dispostions or traits in order to be successful. This STEM learner profile is almost identical to the IB learner profile and includes persistence, curiousity, respectfulness, effort, the ability to work well with others, and a desire for continual improvement.
Clearly, STEM fits in easily with IB education. STEM is not intended to replace IB at Alpine; it will enhance it by reinforcing those critical components of IB learning, among others the learner profile, integrated and project-based learning, global awareness, and a positive attitude towards learning.
STEM in the St. Vrain Valley School District emphasizes design thinking, a unique approach that unifies and sharpens our implementation of STEM. Design thinking is a process which empowers students to be creative and successful problem-solvers. This is a transdisciplinary skill that will remain with students throughout their lifetimes.
Call or stop by to schedule a tour and see IB and STEM integration in action