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The Gateway Project guides educational leaders through the process of implementing rigorous technology/engineering based curriculum PreK-12 through the development of a strategic Action Plan. This project engages educators in designing and planning for implementation of STEM programs that effectively integrate technology/engineering. The success of this project lies not only in its belief that school districts are unique, and as such, their approach to creating their Action Plans must be centered around their district’s needs and resource availability but also upon the sense of comradery and community built throughout the project. Sustainable plans additionally provide districts with the capacity to keep improving and implementing curriculum for years to come.
Gateway teams communicate at a three-day summer institute, follow-up meeting during the year, site visit, and through an electronic bulletin board. Other elements of the model include online and physical resources designed to provide the tools educators need to implement rigorous standards-based curriculum and assessments PreK-12, annual symposium, and additional technical support. Since its inception in 2005, the Gateway Project has served approximately 600+ educational leaders, including lead teachers, science and technology coordinators, principals, and other administrators, representing 100+ school districts in Massachusetts. In 2013, the project expanded to New Hampshire – that makes nearly half a million students in New England with a connection to Gateway. Gateway has also partnered with the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) and with the T-STEM Center -Transformation 2013 (Austin & San Antonio, TX)
In order to build leadership capacity and maximize the outreach efforts, the Gateway Project has successfully piloted a distributed model of leadership, in which an experienced Gateway district team leader heads a geographic region surrounding their district. These leaders work closely with Gateway staff from the National Center for Technological Literacy®. This regional approach maximizes capacity and builds sustainability of this initiative within a state.
"The Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council has recognized the Gateway Project as a promising practice in helping school districts develop strategic plans to implement PreK-12 technology and engineering programs, while introducing educators to resources supporting standards-based curricula and assessments".