We have worked with Columbus City Schools (CCS) since the launch of Metro Early College High School in 2007. In the following year, CCS’s Linden-McKinley High School began its transition to building-wide STEM implementation, which we have continued to support over the course of the past five years.
More recently, we have utilized Ohio Race to the Top funding to partner with the PAST Foundation to target and expand STEM model and support to persistently lowest-achieving and early-warning schools within CCS. Working with district leadership, we have identified multi-building feeder patterns to receive and implement these STEM model and supports. This approach enables us to reach educators in the lower grades, which enables deeper and wider STEM teaching and learning for students who will eventually matriculate to one of the districts STEM-oriented high schools.
Starting in the 2012-13 school year, STEM culture and climate supports were provided through onsite coaching, workshops and on-going professional development the Linden-McKinley High School feeder pattern, which includes five schools. This work was recently expanded to include the eleven additional schools within the West High School feeder pattern.