Building Sustainable PreK-12 STEM Programs One District at a Time

Room: Red Level, Suite 20

The Gateway Model is a means of opening a doorway for educational leaders to build capacity to implement engineering and technology at all levels, prekindergarten through high school. This program engages district and regional teams to design and plan for implementation of STEM programs that effectively integrate technology/engineering. Gateway teams communicate at three-day summer institutes; follow-up meetings during the year, site visits, and through an electronic bulletin board.  Other elements of the model include online and physical resources designed to provide the tools educators need to implement the rigorous standards-based curriculum and assessments K – 12, annual symposium, and additional technical support.  The success of the program has been the 400 educational leaders that have participated, including lead teachers, science and technology coordinators, principals, and other administrators, representing 90+ school districts in MA. In order to build leadership capacity and maximize the outreach efforts, we have successfully piloted a distributed model of leadership, in which an experienced Gateway district team leader heads the geographic region surrounding their district. These leaders work closely with Gateway staff from the National Center for Technological Literacy®. The regional approach maximizes capacity and builds sustainability of this initiative in the state. This presentation will focus on the elements of the Gateway Model, as well as engage participants in hands-on activities that demonstrate the ability to connect technology and engineering in the curriculum PreK – 12.

  • Yvonne Spicer, Ed.D.  -  Vice President & Gateway Project Director, National Center for Technological Literacy
  • Nancy Pymento, M.S.  -  Teacher Educator, National Center for Technological Literacy
  • Brenda Neagle, M.A.  -  Regional Leader, Middleboro Public Schools