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STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

From engineering a house in kindergarten, to solving a medical mystery in middle school, to a theater stagecraft class that 3D-prints props, the district offers a wide range of STEM opportunities.

STEM Vision

STEM at Union Public Schools is a transdisciplinary approach to learning that encourages students to inquire, explore and problem solve. See Brochure

Union's vision of STEM is driven by four unique design principles, each with its own design features. This framework provides direction for implementation, aids in curriculum and professional development, and drives our district goal of 100 percent college and career ready. 

Design Principles

Provide equitable opportunities and access for all students to engage in STEM experiences.

Design Features:

  • STEM experiences are a routine part of a student's year.
  • STEM curricula and instructional frameworks adhere to learning progressions and are vertically aligned from grades K-12.

 

Emphasize inquiry, problem-based learning and performance tasks.

Design Features:

  • Instruction is based on an inquiry approach.
  • A common design process guides planning, implementation and revision for both students and teachers.
  • An 'Assessment-for-Learning' approach is emphasized to provide students with multiple opportunities to achieve mastery.
  • Learning occurs in an authentic, real-world context.

Inspire and sustain a collaborative community among all stakeholders.

Design Features:

  • Students learn and work together.
  • Time and resources are prioritized for teacher planning and professional development.
  • Schools promote STEM-based experiences between their sites.
  • Family engagement is valued in all STEM experiences.
  • Courses and experiences are aligned to higher education pathways and workforce demands.

Develop high-impact external partnerships integral to the scale and sustainability of STEM education.

Design Features

  • Design Features:
  • Design out-of-school learning opportunities and industry internships for students.
  • Create fellowships and externships for teachers.
  • Collaborate with businesses to offer student experiences leading to national industry-standard certifications and credentialing.

 

STEM Priorities for 2018-19

  • Create a STEM Exhibition.
  • Create a STEM Café
  • Implement and deliver PLTW curriculum in all 13 elementary schools
  • Develop community partners to mentor our students in STEM
  • Continuing to pursue competence in STEM instructional strategies through research and professional development.

Contact

Lisa Witcher
Lisa Witcher
Senior Executive Director of Instructional Services / 

918-357-4321

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District Announcement

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.

Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.

May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.  Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.  May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Administrative Changes Announced

Scott Pennington named director of new Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning Department;   Clayton Hucke named interim 7th Grade Principal

Dear Union Parents and Guardians: 

I am excited to announce that Mr. Scott Pennington, principal at the Union 6th & 7th Grade Center, has been asked to lead a new department within Teaching and Learning entitled Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning. As you know, we are in the second year of our five-year district strategic plan. One of the elements of this plan is Union’s Learning Model that focuses on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social and emotional learning.

As we continuously evaluate our data, and hear from teachers and our site leaders, there continues to be a dominant narrative that more must be done to address the social and emotional development of our students. Collectively speaking, our teachers continue to do amazing work in providing dynamic learning experiences for our students. It is now time for us to articulate a tiered approach to addressing unwanted student behaviors and student trauma – at all grade levels – while also fostering greater hope and confidence in our students’ lives. The idea is that we will be more proactive in our efforts, providing counseling and guidance to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. I firmly believe this will make a positive difference in our students’ lives and in the learning culture of our buildings.

Mr. Pennington’s work as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal make him uniquely qualified to lead in this new position. In addition to this change, I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Clay Hucke, assistant principal at Union High School, has been asked to serve as an interim principal at the Sixth & Seventh Grade Center. Mr. Hucke has done an outstanding job at the high school and he looks forward to serving the students, staff, and parents at this site.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Pennington and Mr. Hucke. These moves will become effective January 1, 2020.

Respectfully,

Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Union Public Schools

Board of Education Considers Policy Changes

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions, which may be viewed here. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to [email protected].

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to board@unionps.org.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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