STEM Hub Launches in Lane County

On February 18th, the Chief Education Office, in partnership with the Department of Education, announced state support for a new cohort of five STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Hubs, including Lane County, to build capacity for regional, cross-sector partnerships.

In Lane County, this capacity support will be used to ignite student interest in STEM careers, increase the number of confident educators and students innovating with STEM concepts, and increase educators comfort and applicability of the next generation science standards. “As a county, we are committed to leveraging local assets as we work to create a local framework to support STEM development,” said Larry Sullivan, Superintendent of Lane ESD. “By working with local industry experts, educators, university and community college representatives, local government officials, and the chamber of commerce, we know that we can develop a shared vision for increasing access to STEM and deepen student connections to the rapidly growing STEM employment opportunities in our region.

To learn more about the Lane County STEM Hub, please visit http://www.stem.lane.edu/

SAVE THE DATE: STEM Week is taking place in Oregon May 1st through May 8th

Lane County STEAMOn!

Lane ESD and 14 local school districts have been awarded an Oregon Department of Education STEM, STEAM and/or CTE Program & Activity Grant to fund Lane County STEAMOn! The project builds off the nationally recognized Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs facilitated by Lane ESD in high schools throughout Lane County.  The grant will facilitate year-long, intensive Project-Based Learning (PBL) for 8th to 12th grade students. The specific CTE areas of concentration will include: Engineering in Construction & Manufacturing (ECM), Information & Communication Technology (ICT), and Health Services. Science, Math, Arts, and Humanities teachers and CTE teachers at participating schools will form interdisciplinary teams, providing flexibility and depth to projects centered industry concerns. By leveraging successful features of the high-quality CTE programs currently implemented, Lane County STEAMOn! will bring technical and employability skills to more students in high demand and high wage careers.

The project aims to include at least one team of teachers (2-3 teachers each) from each of the 14 districts, involving anywhere from 28 to 42 teachers in total. In-depth collaboration between CTE and core subject area teachers is strengthened by the insights and guidance provided by industry professionals throughout the projects and activities. By working in district teams of core and technical teachers, alignment to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), essential skills and the diploma requirements will be reinforced building long-term sustainability, real world projects and activities, and support for student interests.

The objective of increasing CTE engagement in the Lane County STEAM pathways for disadvantaged student groups underpins every goal of the project. To ensure participation of underrepresented and underserved students, Lane ESD will overlap the project with new and ongoing intitiatives and resources, including: Title 1 programs and outreach, the Youth Transition Program (YTP), a new partnership with Lane County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the CTE Career Pathways revitalization grant, and Lane Community College career pathways.

Teacher and Administrator Mentoring Program

A group of Connected Lane County partners applied for and received $546,000 in funding from the Oregon Department of Education for the Beginning Teacher and Administrator Mentoring Program. The program will have a significant impact on how Lane County school districts support and develop new teachers and administrators. Funds will be used to implement coordination programs that:

  • Provide quality mentoring support;
  • Improve the educational performance of pupils;
  • Improve the leadership performance of new administrators;
  • Enable beginning teachers and administrators to be effective in teaching all pupils including those who are economically, culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse;
  • Improve professional success and retention of new teachers and administrators;
  • Ensure intensive, individualized support and assistance for participating teachers and administrators; and
  • Enable continuous program improvement through monitoring and evaluation.