AZ STEM Festival

Conference Session: “Arizona STEM School Community of Practice” [Closed to CoP Members Only]

August 3, 2017 10:55 pm

Track: STEM Instruction 

*This session closed to Registered AZ STEM School Community of Practice members only

Sixty-one Arizona schools are preparing for their second year of learning and growing together in the Arizona STEM School Community of Practice, the state’s first of its kind. 

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Last year, each participating school formed a cross-sector team of teachers, coaches, administrators, parents, students, business leaders, and community partners to network, share best practices, and discuss issues central to moving STEM education forward in Arizona. 

These teams celebrated the creation of the Arizona STEM School Community of Practice with its first meeting in May 2016. The second meeting, that September, featured a resource fair and school team showcase, bringing together school teams with community and industry partners to learn about available supports, highlight programs, and share best practices. 

During the group’s January meeting, members had an opportunity to dialogue within like-stakeholder groups and attend content sessions on requested topics such as the K-12 Framework for Science Education, Accessing Funding and Community Partners, and Project-Based Learning, to name a few. 

At the final meeting of the year, in May, representatives from the school teams met in a smaller forum to discuss and share knowledge about common challenges to STEM implementation. A Cinco de Mayo-themed celebration then closed out the Community’s inaugural year. 

August 31st marks the launch of year two for this innovative group, kicking off the 2017-18 school year at the Mesa Arts Center. Members will identify challenges to focus on, figure out what’s needed to address those challenges, and continue to realize the value of the Arizona STEM School Community of Practice. 

To learn more about the Arizona STEM School Community of practice, visit