Brenham ISD to bring STEAM program to elementary schools

Brenham ISD is excited to announce the implementation of an elementary Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) program beginning in the 2018-2019 school year at all three elementary campuses. The goal of this program is to provide high quality and consistent STEAM experiences for all elementary students to promote high engagement, creativity, and metacognitive transformation.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Jamey Johnson says, “Brenham ISD believes that STEAM is an avenue for all students to engage in collaborative, innovative experiences using critical thinking skills and hands-on activities to develop the soft skills needed for a complex and ever changing future.”

Each elementary campus will have a designated STEAM teacher who has been trained by Project Lead the Way (PLTW), an American nonprofit organization that develops STEM curricula for use by elementary, middle, and high schools. These teachers will also collaborate with the district math and science content specialists to create a cohesive district STEAM program. Brenham ISD STEAM teachers will plan together, co-teach PLTW lessons in the STEAM classrooms, and use technology to promote learning, creativity, and collaboration. They will employ a variety of instructional techniques, instructional media, and performance assessments to guide the learning process toward curriculum goals and student learning.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Walter Jackson states, “To have a full-scaled STEAM academy on all three elementary campuses in a district of our size is unheard of. I can’t imagine a parent not wanting their child to be enrolled in a program of this caliber. I like to think of the education we are providing for our students in Brenham ISD as being a taste of ‘Harvard education on the Brazos’.”

Brenham ISD would like to thank all of the district STEM Task Force Committee Members for giving of their time and helping to make this dream possible.