Scranton Elementary School has been named one of approximately 70 schools nationwide to earn AdvancED STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Certification. This certification is a mark of STEM distinction and excellence only offered to highly effective institutions that prioritize STEM education as a path to success. [Read more]
AdvancED STEM Certification is the first internationally recognized mark of quality for STEM schools and programs, signaling the growing emphasis placed on STEM education by educators, politicians and business leaders around the world. In earning this certification, Scranton Elementary has demonstrated its commitment to preparing its students for their educational and career opportunities of the future by ensuring its students will have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their postsecondary pursuits and as workforce contributors in the 21st-century economy.
“AdvancED STEM Certification ‘is a mark of distinction and academic excellence’ that will provide us with a research-based STEM foundation and the criteria needed for continuous improvement,” said Allana Prosser, Scranton Elementary principal. “It will enable us to assess the quality of instruction, and provide student engagement and rigor at a different level through an inquiry based environment. I am extremely proud to be a part of this team!”
In order to earn STEM Certification, Scranton Elementary had to demonstrate adherence to the AdvancED STEM Standard as reflected by the school’s performance across 11 rigorous STEM Indicators.
Jami Kirby, STEM Coach: “Receiving STEM certification is such an accomplishment because it proves that the STEM opportunities and initiatives we have at Scranton Elementary are high quality,” said Jami Kirby, Scranton elementary’s STEM coach. “It shows that we are consistently pushing our students to think at a higher level. This certification will open so many doors for our school. It will make us more competitive as we expand our programs and will provide us more opportunities to partner with the community. I could not be more proud of our school.”
The certification process provides a rigorous evaluation and continuous improvement process, supported by research-based tools and resources. Achieving high scores across the indicators certify that students have been equipped and trained to be innovative, creative and systematic problem-solvers across disciplines.
AdvancED’s STEM Certification Reviewers examined Scranton Elementary’s evidence of quality STEM education that the school provided to the review team beforehand, and conducted classroom observations focused on identifying student engagement and collaboration in the learning process using the Effective Learning Environment Observation Tool™ (eleot™). Reviewers also interviewed key stakeholders such as school administrators, STEM faculty and staff, parents, students, and external partners in order to verify the school’s commitment to connecting students’ STEM experiences in the classroom to the local community and the world at large.
To learn more about AdvancED STEM Certification, contact AdvancED at STEMCertification@advanc-ed.org. For more background on AdvancED’s products and services that support institutions in their continuous improvement efforts visit www.advanc-ed.org.