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Fees College Prep Accepted as an AZ STEM School of Practice

Post Date:04/13/2016 1:57 PM

Fees STEM PictureArizona SciTech, the state’s leading innovator and proponent of STEM education, announces the launch of a joint initiative between hi-tech businesses, community members, educators, students, and parents to create the first ever AZ STEM School Community of Practice. A Community of Practice is based upon the latest business strategy, where various stakeholders come together; they understand that knowledge is an asset that can be shared for the greater good. These cross-stakeholder teams help each other, share information, build relationships and learn from one another. Teams then leverage their collective existing knowledge to design innovative solutions to the problems and challenges they have identified. 

Arizona SciTech along with Intel, Arizona Science Center and the Maricopa Education Service Agency are leading the initiative as part of a STEM ecosystem within the STEM Funders Network.

The first cohort of schools to be accepted into the new AZ STEM School Community of Practice consists of 57 forward-thinking, creative schools dedicated to sharing best practices and finding solutions to educate Arizona’s youths in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

Tempe Elementary School District is proud to have its own Fees College Preparatory Middle School as part of this cohort.STEM boy Principal Kacy S. Baxter said, "It is an honor to be part of the STEM School Community of Practice. Our students and staff have worked hard to build a great STEM program at Fees College Prep and we look forward to the opportunity to share what we have learned while continuing to add to our model."

School teams across Arizona, each with representation from community and industry, school leadership, educators, teachers and students, will help each other, share information, build relationships and learn from one another. Broader matters to address will be identified by the participants to collaborate and design innovative solutions to the problems and challenges of educating Arizona’s youths in the field of STEM; to prepare them to meet the high tech needs of the future.

For more information about the AZ STEM School Community of Practice and please visit:  http://www.azstemcop.org.