Georgia State University’s Early Childhood Education Department and Atlanta Public Schools have teamed up to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education. The partnership between The Urban Accelerated Certification and Master’s Program (UACM) and M. Agnes Jones Elementary is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Transition to Teaching Grant titled Teaching Teachers Together: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Success or better known as 3-STEMS.
“The M. Agnes Jones Elementary and the GSU UACM partnership will provide a bridge for all of our students and teachers to become immersed in a quality STEMS teaching and learning environment,” M. Agnes Jones Principal Margul Woolfolk stated. “This partnership is such a wonderful opportunity to prepare our students for College and Career readiness in a way that’s leading them to become globally competitive.”
The primary goal of the 3-STEMS grant is to increase the number of highly qualified teachers committed to high-need urban schools. Project activities include the development of a Professional Learning Site at partnering school M. Agnes Jones Elementary. The site will serve as a hub for certification and professional learning activities including STEM demonstration lessons for teachers, mentorship and coaching, and specialized STEM summer programs for children and teachers. The grant also supports school innovation projects led by teacher-faculty teams and featuring STEM curricular innovations and using data to inform practice.
Since January 2013, the 3STEMS Partnership has successfully implemented several STEM activities including, a school-based STEM Team, coordinated M. Agnes Jones’ annual Career Day to include local scientists, and facilitated Georgia Tech’s Women in Engineering Student Ambassador program to present engineering tasks to the fourth grade girls to learn about various engineering careers. A STEM Night for parents and community members with interactive, inquiry-based activities was held on April 2, 2013.