STEM Transition

STEM Transition: How Professional Development Contributes to "Authentic Learning"

In order to explore the professional development required for effective implementation of major school reform, such as a transition to STEM, an interview with Chris Kinsey of Cleveland High School was conducted. Questions pertained to the experience of teachers, administrators, and students at Cleveland, the preparation for the transition, and the challenges of the STEM transition. Several themes emerged from the interview, including: a focus on students, the importance of relationships and transparency, the importance of reflection, and new ways of measuring success. Further research could include interviews with teachers and other administrators at Cleveland, interviews with district staff, and an examination of other schools’ efforts in transitioning to STEM programs to gain additional perspectives on professional development and school reform. 

Authors: Keisha Childers & Julia Warth