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STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

From engineering a house in kindergarten, to solving a medical mystery in middle school, to a theater stagecraft class that 3D-prints props, the district offers a wide range of STEM opportunities.

STEM Vision

STEM at Union Public Schools is a transdisciplinary approach to learning that encourages students to inquire, explore and problem solve. See Brochure

Union's vision of STEM is driven by four unique design principles, each with its own design features. This framework provides direction for implementation, aids in curriculum and professional development, and drives our district goal of 100 percent college and career ready. 

Design Principles

Provide equitable opportunities and access for all students to engage in STEM experiences.

Design Features:

  • STEM experiences are a routine part of a student's year.
  • STEM curricula and instructional frameworks adhere to learning progressions and are vertically aligned from grades K-12.

 

Emphasize inquiry, problem-based learning and performance tasks.

Design Features:

  • Instruction is based on an inquiry approach.
  • A common design process guides planning, implementation and revision for both students and teachers.
  • An 'Assessment-for-Learning' approach is emphasized to provide students with multiple opportunities to achieve mastery.
  • Learning occurs in an authentic, real-world context.

Inspire and sustain a collaborative community among all stakeholders.

Design Features:

  • Students learn and work together.
  • Time and resources are prioritized for teacher planning and professional development.
  • Schools promote STEM-based experiences between their sites.
  • Family engagement is valued in all STEM experiences.
  • Courses and experiences are aligned to higher education pathways and workforce demands.

Develop high-impact external partnerships integral to the scale and sustainability of STEM education.

Design Features

  • Design Features:
  • Design out-of-school learning opportunities and industry internships for students.
  • Create fellowships and externships for teachers.
  • Collaborate with businesses to offer student experiences leading to national industry-standard certifications and credentialing.

 

STEM Priorities for 2019-20

  • Open Union Innovation Lab with cross-disciplinary problem-based learning courses
  • Facilitate district-wide STEM exposition
  • Begin implementation of Pre-Kindergarten PLTW modules in four elementary schools
  • Continue to increase enrollment of under-represented student populations in STEM pathways
  • Launch new PLTW course Cybersecurity
  • Provide research-based professional development 

Contact

Lisa Witcher
Lisa Witcher
Senior Executive Director of Instructional Services / Biography

918-357-4321

District Teacher Trainers

Coronavirus Updates

Free Drive-Thru Meals for Children

Union Schools is offering FREE drive-thru meal pick-ups at three locations. Details

Last Day of School is May 22

Friday, May 22 will be the last day of school for the 2019-20 year. Additional time will be added to the school day for students in grades 6-8 beginning Monday, March 23, and continue through the end of the school year.

“Due to two days of school that were cancelled due to inclement weather, the district calendar had to be adjusted to meet the minimum state requirement of 1,080 hours of instruction,” Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler said. “We wanted to adjust the calendar so students don’t have to come back after Memorial Day.

Modifications to the school schedule will be made as follows:

  1. Add one day at the end of the year, with Friday, May 22, being the last day of school;
  2. Elementary schools:  No change to the schedule. They have enough school hours to meet the required 1,080 hours.
  3. 6th & 7th Grade Center:  4 minutes added to the end of the school day effective Monday, March 23 (the day after spring break). 
  4. 8th Grade Center:  2 minutes added to the end of each day after March 23.
  5. Union High School Freshman Academy:  No change to current times.
  6. Union High School:  Friday, April 10 will be a “virtual day,” with students working on assignments from home.  

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Union Public Schools
8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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