The Pryor Times

September 17, 2013

School receives STEM grant

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— Chouteau Elementary is one of only 11 schools state wide to receive the K20 STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics) Grant.

The grant engages pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade teachers in a year of professional development.

The grant's focus is on “scientific conceptual understanding and practices with mathematics integration.”

“This grant is an excellent opportunity for Chouteau staff as we move into the Oklahoma Academic (Common Core) Standards,” said Donald Pullen, district grant writer.

Pullen said the training that is provided through the grant will allow teachers to enhance their knowledge in such areas such as; how children learn, inquiry science and mathematical practices, classroom management strategies for hands on learning, science content and material use, formative assessments, and mathematical/engineering concepts and practices as well as digital and non-digital technology integration strategies.

“Teachers will be given hands-on, authentic lessons and supplies ot use in their classrooms to teach science, technology, engineering and math,” said Pullen. “It will be a train-the-trainer model which will allow us to train a few teachers and then they will share with their peers.”

Pullen said tudents will see the difference.

“It won’t be about rote memorization. Science will be authentic, hands on science which will result in students having ownership in theirlearning and understand concepts because they actively participate in activities,” said Pullen.

Donna Pillars, Chouteau Elementary School principal will participate in the Principals Leadership Academy and the Learning team will participate in a day of orientation, a one day K20 Learning Institute conference, a STEM reflection day and four on-site training days.

Chouteau Elementary is sharing their professional development

with teachers from Chouteau’s Early Childhood Center and Mazie Elementary.  The sites will host a joint STEM Family Night during the school year to share with families and the communities what is being implemented in classrooms.