The U.S. economy has seen a tremendous increase in the prevalence of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) jobs since the turn of the century. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM occupations are expected to grow at a rate over 76% higher than non-STEM job growth nationwide. Since Texas is expected to offer the nation’s second-highest percentage of these careers, our schools must ensure that scholars - especially those who are part of low-income families or are people of color - are prepared for the marketplace of the future.
In February 2021, Educate Texas and the Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation awarded Cedar Hill ISD with a multi-year, multi-million dollar grant to make STEM education available to every scholar. With additional support from higher education partners, the workforce and the community, the effort will reinvent scholar learning experiences, make STEM education accessible for all and further instill community respect and pride.
In 2019-2020, more than 700 children transferred into CHISD from surrounding schools, but more than 2,800 children who are zoned to Cedar Hill ISD chose other options for education. The multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership with the TI Foundation is a step toward bringing those Longhorns home and preparing all scholars for the world that awaits them. It also gives CHISD the resources to change the trajectory for scholars, pour support into classrooms and bring true innovation to the Cedar Hill community.
STEMspired is Cedar Hill ISD’s mindset of systemwide STEM implementation. It derives from the district’s motto of Educate. Empower. Inspire, and means science, technology, engineering and math education that arises from an external creative impulse.
There are four primary goals of the CHISD STEMspired initiative:
- Engage scholars in learning experiences that build the skills necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing, technologically rich, and global economy.
- Ensure that teachers and leaders are equipped to provide evidence-based, engaging instructional strategies that increase STEM literacy.
- Increase equity and access to high-quality STEM education both inside and outside of the classroom environment.
Learn and Adapt
- Monitor and evaluate CHISD district-wide STEM education and adjust when necessary by following our board approved continuous improvement model.