community & Postsecondary partnerships...
Partnerships will be vital to sustain our S.T.E.A.M. initiative. The key to establishing and building such relationships is to provide as many touch points as possible between the school and its community partners. Mentoring and mutually beneficial exchanges also provide opportunities for our students to experience S.T.E.A.M. related careers and to personally reap the rewards of volunteerism and service.
As the only public middle school that serves the City of Cleveland we have a wealth of expertise to call upon. Our students are part of the larger community and it is through their parents and extended families that word will spread of this mission.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND PROGRAMS...
Family and Community engagement
Cleveland Middle School has an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) that is invested in the academic achievement of the students, the school's culture, and climate. In addition to regular PTO meetings, the PTO president regularly meets with Dr. Laing to bring concerns and opportunities to the leadership of the school.
SUPPORTIVE EVIDENCE & ARTIFACTS
S.T.E.A.M ATTRIBUTES IMPLEMENTATION...
Community and Postsecondary Partnerships: Community and postsecondary STEM partnerships are established and provide connections between curriculum taught in the classroom and practical applications outside of school. These partnerships have created an environment in which students develop high-level STEM skills and knowledge inside and outside of the classroom and increase their readiness for college and careers. These attributes are essential in creating connections between what is taught and real-world settings in order to sustain a well-rounded STEM program.
Attribute 5.1 PARTNERS SUPPORT INSTRUCTION
Direct experiences with STEM professionals, professional STEM work environments, and/or practical applications of STEM content, including experiences that incorporate innovative design and art immersion led by professionals within the arts community, during and/or outside school are available to students.
Attribute 5.2 WORK-BASED LEARNING
STEM work-based learning experiences increase interests and abilities in fields requiring STEM skills for high school students. See the K–12 progression below: Career-exploration WBL Methods Pre-professional WBL Methods Career-preparation WBL Methods Exploration Immersion Industry Awareness