School Vision

STEM_logo_color-video2-e1396407569794Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Emerging Vision

 Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Scholars:

  • Grow 21st Century readiness in a community that values equity, sustainability, and the whole child.
  • Develop rigorous STREAM skills to ask and answer audacious questions
  • Use Project Based Learning to tackle real world challenges.

1. Develop 21st Century readiness in a community that values equity, sustainability, and the whole child.

  • 21st Century Learning: Within the context of core knowledge instruction, students must also learn the essential skills for succeeding in today’s world. A focus on communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration is essential to prepare students for the future. We will cultivate lifelong scholars who love learning.
  • Equity/Cultural Competence: STEM K-8 will create classrooms that support success for students of all genders, races, and cultures. We believe culturally responsive teaching is built on motivation. Teachers and students work together to build motivation by enhancing inclusion, facilitating relevant learning, providing challenging learning experiences, and helping students see their effectiveness. We are committed to creating an environment that supports the recruitment and retention of girls and students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Environmental Sustainability: Education for Sustainability aspires to educate students who have the ability, ambition, and knowhow to make decisions that balance the need to preserve healthy ecosystems with the need to maintain vibrant economies and equitable social systems in this generation and in all generations to come. The linked Education for Sustainability Framework requires extensive discussion/exploration before adoption].
  • Positive Discipline uses democratic classrooms and practices that build mutual respect to help students solve problems and encourage positive behaviors.
  • Family involvement: STEM is built on the partnership between families, the PTA, and the school.  Our community values volunteering, community events, communication, honors the contributions of families time, treasure and talent, and supports guardians as full partners in children’s education.

2. Develop rigorous STREAM skills to ask questions and support answers.

  • The Next Generation Science and Engineering Standards provide guideposts for integrated curriculum. Students will learn to ask questions, plan and carry out investigations, and engage in using data.
  • Technology will be utilized by teachers and students to move from enhancing to transforming learning. The SAMR Model [Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition] encourages technology use that creates innovative connections and new learning tasks.
  • Reading instruction utilizes Balanced Literacy practices to teach reading and writing skills, and integrate literacy into content areas and PBL projects.
  • Engineering curriculum will teach students to define problems, develop and test models, and design solutions.
  • Arts education will develop creativity, risk taking, and communication skills. Students will explore scientific illustration, technical drawings, construct models, and participate in visual and performing arts integrated into PBL and science and engineering tasks.
  • Math curriculum and pedagogy rooted in Singapore Math will be used K-8 to challenge students at different performance levels and prepare all students to take advanced mathematics courses.

3. Use Project Based Learning to tackle real world challenges.

  • K-8 STEM students participate in big and small learning projects that explore real world problems and challenges. Project Based Learning experiences are based on inquiry and rigorous standards, integrate curriculum, and produce public displays of collaborative work. Students must communicate their learning to others. PBL will nurture lifelong scholars who love learning.
  • Community Partnerships: Learning takes place inside the school and out, in cooperation with community, business and higher education partners.
    • Partnerships provide human talent, facilities, technology and other resources necessary to prepare students for the ever-changing world of work and education. Louisa Boren STEM K-8 will seek to partner with organizations that recognize the value of inspiring and preparing all students to follow a STEM education and career pathways that will fill the critical gaps in the STEM workforce. Throughout all grades we will work to develop opportunities for students to explore career and educational options, including visits by STEM professionals and tours of regional STEM industries.


For reference:
OUR VISION:   To advance successful, curious, caring, creative learners.
OUR MISSION:    We will nurture tomorrow’s critical thinkers with:
•    Project Based Learning
•    A Culture of Accountability
•    A Celebration of the Whole Child

We’d like to hear from you! Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts about the vision for Louisa Boren STEM K-8.  Please be respectful. Your comment may be moderated, and comments that contain profanity, offensive language, SPAM, or personal attacks will not be allowed.

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  1. Michelle Johnson says:

    Good, comprehensive plan.

  2. Debbie Atkinson says:

    Wow, well thought out and detailed. Good work!!!

  3. Shawna Murphy says:

    I am especially interested in 1.2 & 1.3-the equity & environmental sustainability pieces. I think these are areas that can have a profound impact on my child’s education and development.

  4. karen wang says:

    I continue to feel foreign language exposure, especially at the middle school level is critical to developing world citizens. Is there anyone else who would love to see some languages added to middle school classes?

  5. Helen Green says:

    I would also like to see a foreign language taught at STEM. I like the focus on our students being citizens of the world. It doesn’t actually matter which language is taught – perhaps Spanish and/or Mandarin. Not only does it increase our students’ understanding of the world and other cultures but it’s good for developing brains too! I would like to see it introduced before Middle School – the earlier the better.

  6. jen self says:

    I love this document and the vision mapped out here. With regard to your statement on equity, I love it, it is crucial, and it is something that needs to be taken up in every aspect of the school in order to meet this objective. In order to create the kind of atmosphere you are talking about, we have to actively disrupt systemic inequities. Deconstruct and rebuild.

    Also, I am with Karen, Helen, a foreign language, especially Spanish and/or Mandarin would be an excellent addition to the curriculum.

    Great vision…let’s keep working to make it a reality.

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