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Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy Becomes First School in California to Earn National Certificate for STEM Excellence

Pasadena Unified School District

Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy Becomes

First School in California to Earn National Certificate for STEM Excellence

School Celebration is May 21, 2018

Pasadena, CA - Washington STEAM Multilingual Magnet is the first school in California to earn the National Certificate for STEM Excellence from the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE). The National Certificate for STEM Excellence recognizes individual school campuses for their commitment to and growth in teacher’s implementation of 21st century and STEM strategies. The middle school magnet, which will offer Spanish dual language immersion and an early college focus in 2018-2019, has scheduled a celebration on May 21, 2018.

“Earning this national certification solidifies Washington’s status as a STEAM school that delivers high quality and engaging curriculum, and inspires students to become problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald. “On behalf of Pasadena Unified, I would like to congratulate the teachers, students, staff, families, and partners of Washington STEAM.”

As part of the rigorous year-long campus certification process, 10 Washington STEAM teachers earned national STEM certification. Participants were guided through the development of a portfolio that demonstrated proficiency through self-evaluation of 15 teacher actions that are essential to STEM teaching. The Washington STEAM team worked closely with a coach provided by the National Institute for STEM Education, presented evidence of data analysis, and created an action plan to sustain the school’s forward momentum.

Evolving from STEM professional development created at Rice University, NISE STEM certificates integrate the most recent research and best practices in STEM, 21st century learning, and professional development.

Subject:    Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy Celebrates National STEM Certification

Date/Time:    May 21, 2018, 1:30 pm
Location:    Washington STEAM Magnet, 1505 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena

Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy offers a rigorous science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics-based curriculum for middle school students. With a new Spanish dual  language immersion and an early college focus, Washington STEAM inspires students to be problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders. To schedule a tour, visit pusd.us/WASHINGTONMS

For more information about STEM programs in Pasadena Unified schools, visit https://www.pusd.us/Page/120.  

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