Guidelines for AzSTEP partnerships with schools and school
AzSTEP is dedicated to professional development and
support of high school teachers as local experts in science teaching with technology,
hereafter referred to as TTRAs (Teaching with Technology
Resource Agents). AzSTEP is seeking partnerships with schools and school districts
that optimize the contribution of TTRAs in a program of science education reform
that implements the National Science Education Standards and incorporates best
use of technology.
AzSTEP agrees to:
- Collaborate with school partners on developing plans and grant proposals
for science education reform with technology infusion.
- Provide professional advice and assistance on upgrading science teaching
- Provide continued professional development and support for TTRAs.
- Enhance the effectiveness of TTRAs by supporting collaboration among TTRAs
at different schools.
- Solicit support from business and industry to improve science classroom
facilities and technology.
- Assist in attracting high quality candidates for physics teaching positions.
School partners agree to pursue the AzSTEP Vision through an
implementation plan that incorporates at least some of the recommendations
To establish and maintain at least one science classroom in every high school
with the following characteristics:
- Fully equipped with computers that students learn to use as scientific tools.
- Managed by a TTRA who is well trained and up-to-date
in science pedagogy, curriculum design and uses of advanced technology.
- A science course that serves as a local exemplar of best use of technology
in the science curriculum.
- A TTRA who can serve as a local expert on science teaching with technology
to provide leadership for wider reform in the school and school district.
Recommendations for Implementation:
- TTRAs need continued development of professional competence by participating
in AzSTEP programs for one month every summer. Their school contracts should
be extended for one month to support this.
- Extension of TTRA contracts for a second summer month will support them
to plan, prepare and conduct local professional development workshops for
- During the school year, daily release time for TTRAs to help other teachers
incorporate technology into their teaching has proven to be very effective.
- Support TTRA collaborations with physics, chemistry, physical science and
math teachers to coordinate/integrate their courses.
School Partnership Formation:
- AzSTEP school partnerships must involve a TTRA from each participating high
- The AzSTEP Facilitator from ASU will represent AzSTEP in partnership arrangements.
- Creation of a school partnership begins with meetings among the TTRAs, the
Facilitator and school representatives (for example, science and technology
coordinators) to develop a plan.
- The Facilitator will submit the plan to the AzSTEP Director for approval
or recommended revisions.
- Finally, the AzSTEP-approved plan will be brought to school authorities
(supervisor, principal or school board) for a commitment to support implementation.
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