As a charter or magnet school, you’re used to high achieving students with lots of potential. But with many schools offering particular specializations for careers in art, science, or other subjects, the more holistic STEM focus can often fall by the wayside.
For students who are already extremely motivated to achieve and perform, 21sCentEd is a great way to add to your school’s offerings. You can attract a bigger diversity of students and ensure that every graduate, no matter their focus, graduates with the fundamental STEM skills they will need no matter what career they choose to pursue.
Comprehensive STEM and CTE Products and Services for Charter and Magnet Schools
Customize your very own STEM initiative within your charter or magnet school that operates on a STEM-based 21st century educational approach.
We work with charter and magnet schools and their community partners to develop students’ 21st-century skills by accounting for the following areas:
High-quality virtual STEM and CTE learning opportunities.
Equity and representation of girls, racial and ethnic minority groups, rural, and urban geographies
Essential 21st-century knowledge and skills, including critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication
Ubiquitous access in-school, after-school, and out-of-school
Our virtual STEM academy can be accessed in-school, after-school, and out-of-school. After-school programs and partners can leverage the content to create or expand STEM offerings. Students can continue to work at home or wherever they have access.
This might just be that magic bullet to increase parent involvement. Parents can serve as mentors to students, learning alongside their child and in the process reskill and upskill themselves for a tranforming world of work.
With ubiquitous access, teachers get to determine how to create a blended experience. The class can be separated to work on projects from 21stCentEd while the teacher works with smaller groups for example. Students can work independently and come together and share is another.
The 4 C’s (collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication) are by far the most popular 21st-Century Skills, however, there are more. We promote adaptability, confidence, problem-solving, curiosity, perseverance, active-listening, leadership, self-discipline, and self-regulation.
Project-based learning (PBL) is learning by doing. There are 10 projects in each course ensuring that student have rich PBL experience. So even if you have no other PBL opportunities, they get plenty with 21stCentEd.
Social and Emotional Learning
The SEL framework identifies five core competencies Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision-Making, Relationship Skills, and Social Awareness. Our empathy warm-ups which are required before taking a course, are structured in the design thinking process using the FIDS (feel, imagine, do, share) model that fosters empathy and student agency.
STEM & CTE Teacher Shortage
With our built-in curriculum and lesson plans, the STEM-teacher shortage is not a barrier to a comprehensive STEM program. Our online platform is self-directed with guidance provided by mentors and coaches. Any teacher, community partner, or student can become a mentor or coach in-school, after-school, and out-of-school.
There are many inequities in education, but one of the biggest ones is Access…
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Personalized learning is designed to foster the academic success of each student by providing learning experiences that are customized—to a greater or lesser extent—for each student. Because of the variety of STEM courses we offer, students can pursue STEM according to learning needs, interests, and aspirations.
Learner-centered education ensures that each learner is unique in meaningful ways, each learner has unbounded potential,each learner has an innate desire to learn. The job of the education system is to unleash that desire. With ubiquitous access to STEM, we meet the students where they are and provide the support they need by making our courses accessible wherever they are so they can be unleashed to soar.
Voice & Choice (Agency)
Voice and Choice is about letting students decide what they want to study, who they want to work with, what outcomes they expect, and where and when they do their work, according to Edutopia. Some students may want to start the STEM experience with Sound and Audio mixing, not coding. Some students may prefer to learn coding at the local community center, let them. We provide the resource and tool to help you give student voice and choice.
Digital Citizenship is about safe, respectful, and responsible use of technology and especially the internet. Every student must have this background and it’s all packed in a course.
Empathy is essential to the process of education not only for relationships between teachers, between students, and between teacher and student. Empathy is also essential to the creative process. We provide an empathy warm-up as a pre-course assignment to establish a powerful frame of mind for creating via STEM.
With 45 and counting STEM courses, we go way beyond just coding and robotics with gateway courses a such as Sound and Audio Mixing. Combined with being self-paced and project-based, and mastery-based (let them take as long as they need to get it) we are a great resource for student engagement.
Career & College Readiness
If we put the right foundation under them–a classical education plus comprehensive STEM, students will have four solid options post-high school: college, work, entrepreneurship, or military. What they will decide to do will be based on preference not, preparation. That’s true college and career readiness.
To combat the STEM teacher shortage we have employed a tried and true method for learning, mentorship. Adults will mentor students, students will mentor other students, and students will mentor adults thereby developing skills in collaboration and communication.
Comprehensive STEM is needed in communities not just for education but also for workforce and economic development. With the shortage of STEM-educated workers, community stakeholders are ready to help develop the workforce of the future.
Pathways for Your Charter or Magnet School Students
21stCentEd has a wide variety of STEM and CTE pathways that can be customized to your school’s unique needs and operating under your own brand. We use mentors and coaches to overcome the STEM and CTE teacher shortages. With built-in lesson plans and curriculum, it’s easy for mentors and coaches to guide students through the lessons, even if they aren’t STEM experts.
In these uncertain times, we want our kids to get ahead, not just get by. Engaging in STEM experiences today develops key 21st-century skills that prepare them for tomorrow. Our innovative virtual learning courses fill important gaps in your child’s STEM education and helps set them up for future success. We must raise STEM-prepared kids. This is why we exist!