Like many school districts, we have seen an instructional transformation over the past decade. From traditional teacher- and textbook-led learning to authentic, collaborative, STEM-focused, technology-enhanced project- and product-based learning, the instructional renaissance left us with questions of quality, rigor, substance, and consistency. We partnered with the international accrediting agency AdvancED for guidance in our quest to ensure systemic, innovative, standards-based STEM instructional programs.
AdvancED’s STEM certification process provides institutions with a research-based framework and criteria for awareness, continuous improvement, and assessment of the quality, rigor, and substance of their STEM educational programs. Recently, one of our three middle schools and one of our seven high schools became the 150th and 151st schools to receive STEM certification in the world. Five additional schools will participate in reviews in March and April 2019, with the remaining ten schools seeking certification during the 2019-2020 school year. All 17 Talladega County Schools are committed to creating and sustaining superior, student-centered K-12 STEM teaching and learning.