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.