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Integrated Approach

  • We create an integrated approach grounded in STEAM foundational elements that promote integration of all subject areas, including literacy (ELD/ELA) and social sciences. We promote a growth mindset and the integration of the 8C’s (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Compassion, Character, Curiosity and responsible local, global & virtual Citizenship).

  • We do this by teaching and modeling proven practices, including inquiry based learning and the 5E model.

  • We do this through our Continuous Quality Improvement process of assessment, planning, implementation, and reflection on practice.


Learner Centered Environment

  • We create an environment where youth, staff and partners all see themselves as lifelong learners.

  • We keep the continuous growth of learners at the center of our work.

  • We incorporate student voice and leadership into an intentionally reflective practice guided by data and authentic, real-world experiences.


Cross-Sector Collaboration

  • We build meaningful cross-sector collaboration with parents, educators, government, community & industry partners.

  • We do this by leveraging strengths, interests and efforts to achieve our collective and common goal in preparing youth for success with 21st century skills development.


Opportunities and Access for All

  • We seek to ensure that all students, regardless of socio-economic status, age, gender and ability, will have access to high quality STEAM learning opportunities and career pathways.

  • We ensure that all stakeholders are grounded in empathy and understanding across sectors and communities.


  • We utilize technology to engage, teach, strengthen and build strong relationships with our collaborative partners.

  • We believe technology exists in STEAM learning as a powerful and complementary tool to engage, collaborate, assess, and personalize a learner’s experience.

  • We expose learners to new technologies (i.e. apps, AR/VR, robotics, 3D printing) that promote the building of 21st Century skills needed in the future workforce.

  • We promote the safe and ethical use of technology in a local and global context.

  • Ecosystem partners utilize technology to engage students, strengthen educator practice and build community connections with diverse stakeholder groups, including, but not limited to: business, institutions of higher education, government, informal science museums, parent organizations, etc.

  • Introduce technology as a complementary tool that can be used to engage, collaborate, assess, and introduce blended learning models for other subjects.

  • Introduce technology as an actual subject including coding, robotics, digital arts, networks, and more.

Our Guiding Principles

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