Tritt Elementary recently received AdvancED STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Certification. This achievement is a mark of STEM distinction and excellence only offered to highly effective institutions that prioritize STEM education as a path to success.
AdvancED STEM Certification is the first internationally recognized mark of quality for STEM schools and programs, signaling the growing emphasis placed on STEM education by educators, politicians and business leaders around the world. In earning this certification, Tritt Elementary has demonstrated its commitment to preparing its students for their educational and career opportunities of the future by ensuring its students will have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their postsecondary pursuits and as workforce contributors in the 21st-century economy.
“I am extremely proud of our students, staff, parents and community partners. We have worked together for over five years to accomplish this distinguished honor,” said Dr. Tricia Patterson, principal Tritt Elementary. “Our education environment has the engineering process embedded throughout the day, and our students are becoming creative, critical thinkers, who can collaborative and communicate with one another to not only learn but also solve day-to-day problems.”
In order to earn STEM Certification, Tritt Elementary had to demonstrate adherence to the AdvancED STEM Standard as reflected by the school’s performance across 11 rigorous STEM Indicators.
The certification process provides a rigorous evaluation and continuous improvement process, supported by research-based tools and resources. Achieving high scores across the indicators certify that students have been equipped and trained to be innovative, creative and systematic problem-solvers across disciplines.
“Tritt also received the State of Georgia STEM certification in December of 2015,” added Dr. Patterson.
AdvancED’s STEM Certification Reviewers examined Tritt Elementary’s evidence of quality STEM education that the school provided to the review team beforehand, and conducted classroom observations focused on identifying student engagement and collaboration in the learning process using the Effective Learning Environment Observation Tool™ (eleot™). Reviewers also interviewed key stakeholders such as school administrators, STEM faculty and staff, parents, students, and external partners in order to verify the school’s commitment to connecting students’ STEM experiences in the classroom to the local community and the world at large.
Congratulations to the Tritt Team on reaching this international STEM milestone! We are excited to see the awesome work produced by your STEM students in the future!