Breaking Down the Budget: STEAM

image08993.JPG We're breaking down the budget proposal for the 2018-2019 operating year. Metro Schools will focus on Our Students and Our People in the 2018-19 operating budget, with the majority of spending aimed at improving equity and excellence across the district.

Read more about the budget proposal here.

In August 2017, Metro Nashville Public Schools announced a bold goal: to transform teaching and learning in our middle schools over the course of a three-year transformation.

We know middle school is a pivotal time in a child’s education – it’s a time that we need to capitalize on by grabbing students’ interest and motivating them for success in high school and beyond.

That’s exactly what STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) does for our middle school students. With next year’s budget, we will expand STEAM curriculum from 18 middle schools to 28 middle schools.

“Our students are finding their voices – through a rigorous approach that challenges them to think critically, to think creatively, to communicate with one another and to collaborate with their peers.” – Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director of Schools, State of Schools Address March 2018

Eighteen schools have laid the groundwork for this expansion, one that would not have been possible without our teachers and administrators.

Next year’s expansion will continue to build on the success of this year, which includes:

  • This year alone, our teachers have completed more than 11,000 hours of STEAM professional development, including specific arts-integration professional development.
  • Investing in technology and advanced academics to ensure our students have access to rigorous instruction that will prepare them for their futures. Every STEAM has a two-to-one technology ratio, an investment we’ll continue in year two. This means our students have access to learn and interact with the technology they’ll experience in high school.

In addition, our community partners have stepped up to ensure our students have meaningful curriculum-career connections and opportunities in STEAM industries. Students can’t be what they can’t see – and our community partners across the city are helping our students see and shape their futures.

For example, at Croft Middle School, we expanded our partnership with the Nashville Zoo to create a new virtual zoo concept for students and Dell Technologies announced four of our phase two and phase three schools will each receive a grant, up to $2,500 dollars to help enhance their STEAM curriculum.

We believe what we’re doing in the classroom won’t just impact our schools –it will impact the entire Nashville community.

Our students will graduate Metro Nashville Public Schools and head to whatever is next for them – be it college or a career – with a great understanding of how they can impact their cities and how their unique skill set can be applied across many industries.

Take a look instead our STEAM classrooms:

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2018 State of Schools Address: STEAM from Metro Nashville Public Schools on Vimeo.