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.
A system-wide plan that affects all staff, scholars and families in CHISD
Pockets of STEM courses in certain classes and campuses.
Implementation lead by science & math teachers
STEM experiences only available at the new STEM Center
Campus & academic based initiative
A STEMspired Community
The benefits of STEM education will be felt not only in the classroom but in the greater Cedar Hill community. Within the STEMspired initiative, there are opportunities for businesses, civic organizations and higher education institutions to join the movement.
Higher Education Partners: Design and implement practicums for teacher candidates with opportunities to learn from exceptional STEM educators.
Business Community: Partner with CHISD campuses to provide scholar (paid and non-paid) and teacher internships, job shadows, and tours within STEM and CTE companies.
Civic & Religious Organizations: Enhance community engagement, increase awareness and establish systems for continued and expanded school support of STEM.
Parents & Families: Participate in setting the career goals for scholars by instilling the importance of career exploration.