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TA - Closed Project - Alabama Science Technology Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM)

Background

As requested by ALSDE, this project has been closed.

The SECC will work with Alabama to strengthen its STEAM implementation efforts for LEAs and schools to provide innovative opportunities to enhance teaching and learning across all grade levels. 

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Project Updates

Most Recent Update: |

The SECC state liaison met with ALSDE leadership and developed a new direction and plan of action. This component of the state plan was changed to a focus on the need for reviews of the literature for K–8 mathematics and science. Subsequent reports based on that research will then be used to guide the future decisions of the SEA with respect to education in those two disciplines. The SECC team held a teleconference to discuss necessary actions. A teleconference between ALSDE staff and the SECC team was scheduled to clarify the technical assistance needs as well as timelines, roles, and responsibilities. 

 

Previous Updates:

The SECC state liaison met with ALSDE leadership and developed a new direction and plan of action. This component of the state plan was changed to a focus on the need for reviews of the literature for K–8 mathematics and science. Subsequent reports based on that research will then be used to guide the future decisions of the SEA with respect to education in those two disciplines. The SECC team held a teleconference to discuss necessary actions. A teleconference between ALSDE staff and the SECC team was scheduled to clarify the technical assistance needs as well as timelines, roles, and responsibilities. 

The SECC team has been awaiting adjustments to project plans due to possible changes in priorities of the new SEA leadership. CSAI staff completed initial research and a 50-state scan of STEAM programs and resources and compiled their initial report. In addition, CSAI has initiated action to create a section in its resource library dedicated to STEAM.

There is no activity to report.

The SECC team held its initial planning meeting to discuss objectives, goals, and timelines. The initial action taken was to address a request by ALSDE for information on states that already have a STEAM program to examine organizational charts/structures, strategic plans, leadership practices, curriculums, instructional processes, assessments, etc. A formal request was made to the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) for that STEAM information. An inquiry was sent to RMC Research Corporation (RMC) staff for any STEAM or STEM resources that they had researched/reviewed during previous work in this area. RMC staff responded with resources primarily geared to mathematics and science.