Project: K-6 STEM Curriculum
As the Director of Instructional Technology at the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School, I led a team of Instructional Technology and Library Media Specialists in the success of a school-wide initiative to integrate the Massachusetts Technology Literacy standards into the core curriculum. We created a Technology Scope and Sequence that mapped the standards to every grade level and core subject area. We recruited TLTs, or Technology Lead Teachers, at each grade level and for each subject area to attend our instructional technology trainings after school. I designed and delivered professional development modules to the TLT to teach them how to integrate the standards into their lesson plans. The TLTs then led their grade level teams in the creation of their STEM projects and lessons for the end of year showcase entitled “STEM Fair.” My team and I provided instructional technology support to the teachers and students to help them complete their projects.
The STEM Fair was a great success as a school-wide celebration and showcase of the students’ and teachers’ proficiency in the Technology standards and the Core Curriculum. We had Kinder kids learning their numbers by programming robots, 3rd graders explaining the solar system in stop-motion animation, and 5th graders explaining ELA themes in Scratch. Families, community members, and local business partners attended the single day event at the end of the year that culminated in the 6th Grade ePortfolio Showcase, or the “Academy Awards” of digital storytelling.