How One District Transformed the Way They Rolled out STEM!
Building a Future of Excellence
Indian Prairie School District 204 (IPSD 204) is a leading educational institution in the Chicago suburbs, catering to over 26,000 students from preschool to grade 12. Committed to academic excellence and holistic student development, IPSD 204 sought to redefine STEM education in their elementary schools.
Facing the closure of a dedicated STEM school, IPSD 204 embarked on an ambitious journey to integrate SAM Labs, a flexible and innovative program, into their classrooms. Under the guidance of Laura Nylen, Director of Digital Learning and K-8 STEM Integration, and with the support of STEM Integration Specialist Elizabeth Kaleta, IPSD 204 embraced the challenges and opportunities presented by SAM Labs.
Tackling the Hurdles
Despite finding SAM Labs to be the ideal program in terms of flexibility and support, Mrs. Nylen was aware that implementing it extensively would pose a challenge.
Laura Nylen and Elizabeth Kaleta addressed issues of implementation, support, measurement, workload management, tailoring the program to fit the diverse needs of each school and equity in order to successfully integrate SAM Labs into their elementary schools.
Implementing STEM Extensively Posed Challenges
Tailored Solutions for District-wide Integration
The district was proactive with their approach to addressing challenges through targeted staffing, collaboration with school leaders, direct support for teachers, commitment to flexibility, and leveraging external support from the SAM Labs team.
By tailoring timelines, collaborating with curriculum teams, addressing equity concerns, and offering professional development, IPSD 204 sought to overcome challenges and ensure the successful implementation of SAM Labs.
The Exact Steps IPSD 204 Took Toward STEM Success!
Achievements through SAM Labs Implementation
IPSD 204 experienced positive engagement from teachers, increased visibility of competencies, and a growing interest in expanding the program to more schools. These results indicate progress and a promising future for the implementation of SAM Labs in the district.
Big Results Came from Implementing SAM Labs...
The Journey Ahead
The remarkable progress made by Indian Prairie School District 204 (IPSD 204) in integrating SAM Labs into their elementary classrooms showcases their unwavering dedication to advancing STEM education and nurturing the skills students need to thrive in the modern world.
IPSD 204 continues to expand their program and build upon successes. With the continued efforts of passionate educators like Laura Nylen, Elizabeth Kaleta, and the entire IPSD 204 community, the future is bright for students as they embark on a journey of discovery, exploration, and limitless possibilities.