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STEM+M

STEM+M

STEM+M

STEM encompasses science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines. A key component of STEM is Medicine. Increasing public health crises require understanding of scientific principles to prevent and address ongoing medical concerns.

 

Why STEM+M? Why Now?

Events of the past few years have highlighted gaps in how information—including health-related information—is perceived and acted upon by individuals of all ages. As the US Department of Education has noted, it is now more important than ever for young learners to develop skills that will allow them to gather and evaluate information to make decisions and find solutions. This requires the kind of logical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills promoted in STEM+M education. With careers in STEM and health-related fields projected to steadily increase in the coming years, more and more schools are reimagining their existing STEM programs to include health sciences, while other schools are just beginning to develop a strategic roadmap for a new magnet or pathway programs focused on biomedicine and the health sciences. Either way, the Center for Educational Outreach STEM+M Planning Guide will help to facilitate the process!

 

Needs Assessment

Determine gaps between current state and desired program outcomes using the Needs Assessment template.

 

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Needs Assessment

A good way to begin the planning process is to determine where your school is NOW by conducting a
needs assessment.

Mission and Vision Statements

Develop the mission and vision statements for your STEM+M program by reflecting on the overall purpose and future aspirations.

 

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Mission and vision statements

An essential aspect of the planning process is determining the mission (i.e., purpose and approach) and vision (i.e., idealized consequence resulting from the mission) statements for your STEM+M program. 

Action Planning Considerations

Planning a successful STEM+M program requires careful assessment of five crucial elements.

 

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Action Planning Template

Goals that are specific, measurable, actionable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) help to focus attention and resources on important priorities for goal attainment.

Guiding Questions for STEM+M Action Planning

Explore guiding questions related to five crucial elements (curriculum, professional development, resources, assessment, and administrative and community support) that will inform your planning process.

 

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Guiding Questions

What can be done to gain the support and buy-in of teachers, administrators, and community members, including parents?

STEM+M Action Planning Template

Identify SMART near-term goals for the STEM+M program.

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Action Planning Template

Action Planning Template

Elevator Pitch

Craft your 30-second elevator pitch to pique stakeholder interest in your program.

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Elevator Pitch

An “elevator” pitch is a brief overview of your STEM+M program. It can be compared to a sales pitch or commercial that conveys in roughly 30 seconds—about the same time as an average elevator ride— who you are, what you offer, the value of what you offer, and what you want to achieve.