Bradley County Schools announced yesterday that Walker Valley High School is the first high school in the local area to receive a school-wide STEAM Designation.
This honor is given by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) to schools who prepare students for postsecondary and future career success by committing to promote STEM and/or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) learning for their students.
Each school that receives the Tennessee STEM/STEAM School Designation undergoes a rigorous application process, including completing a self-evaluation, participating in interviews, and hosting site visits with the Tennessee STEM/STEAM Designation review team. The designation rubric includes five focus areas: infrastructure, curriculum and instruction, professional development, achievement, and community and postsecondary partnerships. As a part of the process, schools are also required to submit a plan of action for implementing and sustaining STEM and/or STEAM education for the next five years.