Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education STEM Model Designation Application Informational Webinar

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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Technology Coordinators; Teachers; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; CTE Coordinator (COOPs and regular school districts)

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The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has developed the Arkansas STEM Model program to recognize school districts that demonstrate exemplary instructional practices in STEM. In Arkansas STEM Education is defined as:


Science, technology, engineering, and math intentionally come together as STEM to present a rigorous integrated approach to understanding and interacting with the world in which we live. STEM education provides equitable opportunities for students to engage in authentic experiences in the classroom that are linked to community, occupations, and the global world so that all students become STEM literate in their K-12 journey towards college and career readiness.


The AR STEM Model Program connects Arkansas' STEM education system to Arkansas careers and career training opportunities. It is based on the Federal STEM Program to build strong foundations in STEM Literacy; increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM education; and prepare students for the future STEM workforce. 


Goals of the AR STEM Model Program:

·       Increase STEM Opportunities for Arkansas Students

·       Recognize Model STEM Schools Across the State 

·       Develop and Strengthen Partnerships with Business, Industry, and Community

·       Support Growth and Diversity of the AR STEM Teacher Pipeline 


The AR STEM Model Program is hosting a live informational session for any public or charter school teams that are interested in earning the STEM model designation. The session will be held on May 23rd from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 


It is recommended that each team be comprised of the school or district STEM leadership team on their campus. This may include administrator, curriculum coordinator, lead STEM teacher, STEM coordinator, science teacher, technology teacher, or other members that are leaders at the school. Each school must attend session or arrange to view the recording to receive their initial application information. 


Advantages of STEM Model Program:

·       Process provides pathways for schools to develop a strategic plan with a STEM focus 

·       Access to professional learning and critical feedback around STEM Model distinction 

·       Participation in a Community of Practice focused on positive STEM outcomes that includes, other districts, industry leaders and community partners 

·       AR STEM model Program provides a blueprint for schools seeking Model designation 



Please use the registration link to register your school’s STEM Leadership Team for this event. After completing the registration, registrant will be sent the session link. 


Registration link: 

Mary Beth Hatch 

DESE STEM Integration Specialist 






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