Goals

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ISTEM Goals

The I-STEM Resource Network’s overarching goal is to help Indiana achieve its vision to be a national leader in student academic achievement in STEM disciplines and the in quality of its workforce. To do that, the Network will focus on the following goals:

Teaching

  • Articulation of a vision for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in Indiana that broads awareness of the need for STEM literacy and supports high quality programs of instruction;
  • Mobilization of expertise and leveraging of resources that reach all K-12 children in Indiana, to foster comprehensive and challenging programs of instruction in STEM by distributing tools and learning methods and providing technical assistance to educational leaders (including principals and teachers).

Learning

  • Promotion of STEM education and literacy so that students graduating from Indiana High Schools are prepared for post-secondary education or the work force.

Applied Research, Assessment, and Evaluation

  • Working with existing organizations to research, develop, and disseminate information on the state of STEM K-12 education to policymakers and the media in order to improve decision-making and to identify gaps that need to be addressed.

Community Partnerships

  • Working with government, industry, the education community, and parents to promote continuously improving levels of performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by all children in K-12.

Network Development

  • Coordination with regional partners to develop an interactive and sustainable network that allows for a fluid flow of information;
  • Brokering educational initiatives and resources ensuring that academic success is systemic, continuous, and sustainable.