MVHS teachers earn National Certificate for STEM Teaching
In the fall of 2020, Moreno Valley High School committed to supporting teachers’ understanding and use of high-impact, evidence-based STEM instructional strategies. With the support of an experienced STEM coach, five teachers at MVHS completed the National Certificate for STEM Teaching (NCST) and the school is working to complete its requirements for the National Certificate for STEM Excellence (NCSE) – Campus Certification.
NISE is more than a certifying body. It is a research-based support system for campuses and teachers seeking to strengthen STEM instruction and outcomes. Based on 15 STEM Teacher Actions that evolved from STEM professional development originally created at Rice University, NISE’s Campus and Teacher Certificates help school leaders and teachers understand and apply research and best practices in STEM, 21st-century learning, and professional development.
It’s a common misconception that STEM is only about science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM is actually about implementing rigorous instructional strategies that can be applied in any content area. Through this program, teachers learned new ways of teaching, how to guide discussions, and how to build student understanding. The key components of learning STEM provide increased support and implementation of the Piadiea Principles for which MVHS was founded.
This first cohort of teachers put in a combined 450 professional development hours. That is over and above the new learning and challenges, they had to overcome to effectively teach in a year with Covid 19. Congratulations Beth Tafoya, Melissa Ponce de Leon, Rashel Larson, Sally Torres, and Melissa Grassmick. Sincere thanks to Tammy Dunn (MVHS Director) and the Governing Council for their support in making this a reality.