Monthly Archives: September 2016

I-STEM Review of K-8 Science Curricula Completed

In anticipation of the adoption of new curricular materials for science in 2017, I-STEM Resource Network collaborated with Change the Equation, a national STEM education nonprofit, which has created STEMworks, a national honor roll of effective STEM education programs.  The I-STEM review committee, comprised of experienced K-8 science educators, administrators and content experts, evaluated STEM curricular programs against the rigorous STEMworks rubric and additional Indiana-specific criteria, specifically the process standards, designed to assess the quality of science curriculum.  The Purdue School of Engineering Education was helpful in expanding the Indiana criteria.  Details on the rubric are here.

Below are our recommendations for K-8 STEM curricula and the rating each received.

  • FOSS: Accomplished in every category
  • STC: Accomplished in everything but “Engage in Argument from Evidence”, where they scored a Developing rating
  • PLTW: Accomplished in everything but “Construct explanation and design solutions”, where they scored a Developing rating
  • Engineering is Elementary: Accomplished in everything except: “Develop and Use Models”, where they scored a Developing rating
  • Ten80: Accomplished in every category
  • SEPUP: Accomplished in every category.


Second Annual Indiana STEM Education Conference will be January 12, 2017

Indiana STEM Education Conference

The second-annual Indiana STEM Education Conference will be held at Purdue University on January 12, 2017. The Purdue University College of Education and Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST), the Indiana Department of Education, CATALYST, and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education are proud sponsors of the conference. Indiana has increased momentum in K-12 STEM education over the past few years and this event is designed to capitalize on the knowledge and experiences that have been generated to continue moving Indiana forward. The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for dissemination of best practice in K-12 STEM teaching and learning in Indiana. There will be three strands that organize the conference: K-12 STEM practice, STEM education research, and STEM resources.

Strand 1: K-12 STEM Practice will include selected presentations and workshops from individuals and teams from Indiana K-12 schools who are implementing STEM programs and school approaches. For example, sessions on problem and project based pedagogy, engineering design process, integrated STEM curriculum development, strategic planning, the new Indiana science standards, or science education, mathematics education, and/or engineering education practices will be offered.

Strand 2: STEM Education Research will include invited presentations from leading STEM education researchers within Indiana who are examining pressing challenges in K-12 STEM education. For example, sessions on integrated STEM education, mathematics education, science education, engineering education, technology education, etc. will be offered.

Strand 3: STEM Resources will include many invited organizations and other community partners from across the state that have resources available to support STEM education. The focus will be for partners in this strand to connect with participants to help support the growth of STEM programs and focus within IN schools.

The daylong conference will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with lunch and parking included in the registration fee. All participants will have multiple offerings to select from for each of the five sessions across the day. Participants can choose selections from any and all strands as well.

To register for the conference – click here. The number of participants for this event is limited, so please register early to attend.


If you are interested in presenting a session at the Indiana STEM Conference, please see submit your proposal here.

Indiana Department of Education Schedules ESSA Listening Tour

ESSA Listening Tour:  The Indiana Department of Education is planning the following opportunities for Indiana ESSA plan input at upcoming regional events.  Each event will encompass dedicated time in a community forum approach to discuss deeply School Improvement and dedicated time to discuss other ESSA components. Specific times and locations will be announced soon.

Date & Time Locations Facility
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
Indianapolis Decatur Central High School
5251 Kentucky Avenue
Indianapolis, 46221
5:00 p. m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fort Wayne Wayne High School
9100 Winchester Road
Fort Wayne, 46819
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
Evansville TBD
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
Merrillville TBD
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
Richmond McGuire Hall
350 Hub Etchison Pkwy
Richmond, IN 47374
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
New Albany TBD
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
South Bend Monroe Primary
312 Donmoyer Avenue
South Bend, IN 46614
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
Terre Haute TBD
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
Kokomo TBD

The Fort Wayne listening tour session will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. – All of the others will be from 4:30- 6:30 p.m., local time