Texas STEM Education Toolkit: Planning Tools



TEA’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) planning tools are crafted to assist districts in pinpointing their needs, selecting the most suitable STEM model for their programs, shaping the framework and design of the program, and ensuring its sustainability over time.

Available Planning Tools

Tools that serve as comprehensive resources for evaluating, planning, and sustaining high-quality STEM education programs across various educational levels.

The STEM Needs Assessment (PDF), which follows a review of a local educational agency’s (LEA) STEM framework, is a crucial step that enables LEAs to uncover specific needs and gaps in programs. These gaps may hinder the achievement of the program’s objectives. LEAs should conduct the assessment early in the program planning stages and revisit it at the close of the academic year. The insights gained from this assessment will inform further steps such as the design, execution, and appraisal of the STEM initiatives.

The High-Quality STEM Model Identification Guide (PDF) helps leaders streamline their STEM programs to high-quality benchmarks.  It enables districts to select the most fitting STEM model, set implementation goals, and identify strengths and growth areas through a scorecard. This tool is ideal for initial data collection and yearly progress assessments toward the desired STEM model.

The PK–20 STEM Education Program Planning Guide (PDF) is a key resource aimed at enhancing STEM program planning in schools. It guides leaders through each quality indicator with probing questions, aiding discussions, and goal setting with the design team. Suitable for both individuals and groups, this guide is versatile for initiating new programs or expanding current ones.

The STEM Leadership Roles and Responsibilities (PDF) tool is vital for executing STEM education programs effectively. It allocates a variety of roles and responsibilities to create a solid infrastructure and support system for stakeholders. Leadership styles may vary, and this tool outlines common leadership positions and their related tasks. It helps districts and schools identify resources and needs, allowing for the addition of roles based on the unique context of the school or district.

Securing funding is crucial for the development, execution, and long-term maintenance of STEM programs. The Funding Needs and Sources Chart for STEM Education Programming (PDF) is crafted to guide leaders, educators, and advocates in matching program requirements with suitable federal and state financial resources. It empowers leaders to tap into various federal funds managed by the state, facilitating the alignment of local program needs with available funding.

Maintaining the longevity of a program is a key element in STEM education. It’s essential to establish foundational structures from the start to ensure continuity beyond the initial phase or as key personnel change. The Sustainability Planning Tool (PDF) offers a blueprint for the elements of sustainable programming, helping schools and districts to evaluate and address their capabilities and requirements.