Sumner County Schools in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network are pleased to announce that Portland East Middle School has received Tennessee STEM School Designation for 2020.
The honor recognizes schools for their commitment to promoting and integrating STEM and/or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) learning for all students that ultimately prepares them for post-secondary college and career success in the 21st century.
Since 2018, 48 schools across the state, both public and private, have earned the Tennessee STEM Designation, six of those schools are Sumner County.
Our STEM accredited schools include: Jack Anderson Elementary, Union STEM and Demonstration School, Dr. William Burrus Elementary, Oakmont Elementary, Station Camp Elementary and Portland East Middle School. Tennessee STEM Designation was developed to provide a “roadmap” for schools to successfully implement a STEM and/or STEAM education plan at the local level. Schools that receive this honor also serve as models from which others may visit and learn. All K-12 schools serving students in Tennessee are eligible to apply.
“I am pleased to see Portland East Middle named as our first STEM middle school,” said Dr. Del. Phillips, Director of Sumner County Schools. “It’s a testament to the efforts of the leadership of Portland East. We have had at least one school a year get designated as a STEM school for the past three years. I am very proud of the efforts of Portland East Middle School teachers and leaders to expand learning opportunities for students in Sumner County.”
Portland East Middle was awarded the Tennessee STEM School Designation after being evaluated through a rigorous application process including a self-evaluation, interviews, and hosting site visits with the Tennessee STEM Designation review team. The designation rubric included five focus areas: infrastructure, curriculum and instruction, professional development, achievement, and community and postsecondary partnerships.
As part of the process, Portland East Middle was also required to submit a plan of action for implementing and sustaining STEM education for the next five years. A total of 22 schools received the Tennessee STEM School Designation for 2020.
In the next three years, Sumner County Schools will have 10 more schools that will go through the application process to become a STEM Designation school. On average, becoming STEM certified is a three-year process.
Kelly Flood is thecommunications coordinator for Sumner County Schools.