The Westminster Schools
Evaluation of STEAM Integration
Westminster is an independent school that provides leading-edge programs and unique experiences to spark students' creativity, passion and curiosity. The Westminster Middle School received a multi-year grant from the Goizueta Foundation to integrate science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics into student learning. Using design-thinking methodology, the school developed a STEAM integration approach utilizing teacher professional learning cohorts, an innovation space for applied and hands-on learning, and “mobile” innovation labs for use within classrooms. GSG was engaged to evaluate the implementation of the STEAM integration initiative.
The focus of evaluation for the initiative included installation of a lab equipped with technology and physical construction tools, in addition to support for cohorts of teachers integrating STEAM in cross-curricular projects. GSG assessed the implementation through:
student ratings of lab experiences
teacher and student focus groups
conversations with project coordinators
tracking of program data.
Through iterative data collection and engagement with school and project leaders, continuous feedback led to incremental program improvements over the course of implementation.