Project HISI has been funded by the California Department of Education!
Humboldt Interdisciplinary STEM Initiative
Math and Science teachers in grades 6-12 from Fortuna, Arcata, McKinleyville, and the Trinity River Valley have been invited to attend and participate in the Humboldt Interdisciplinary STEM Initiative (HISI).
HISI will combine professional development in STEM content with collaborative teacher teams. These teams will engage with the lesson study model to support each other in STEM pedagogy as we all move to implement the Common Core. The STEM-focused training will support existing school initiatives to prepare teachers to successfully engage their students with the critical thinking skills necessary for the Smarter Balance Assessments.
Through coaching from teacher leaders from each high school (or one of its feeder schools), participating teacher leaders will receive training to prepare them to support their fellow teachers—with the ultimate goal of nurturing students who are prepared for college and career readiness. Teacher teams will develop, pilot, and finalize common core aligned lessons that integrate algebraic and scientific critical thinking skills that will ultimately be, after practice and refinement, used throughout Humboldt County schools as model STEM Lessons.