Business Partnerships

To build a scaffold, through partnership and professional development, to support the development and implementation of a model school STEM program which will lead to improved student performance at José Martí 6-12 MAST Academy





1) Build a state-of-the-art STEM prototype that reflects and incorporates STEM-related business and industry standards and actively involves business and industry leaders, as partners.

2) Create a highly trained, highly motivated and collaborative STEM instructional team schooled in STEM best practices: inter-disciplinary instruction, integration of STEM content throughout curriculum, interactive and relevant student classroom activities, standards, data interpretation and parent involvement.

3)Promote STEM teacher retention through a mentoring component—proven strategy to improve teacher retention; the Council has implemented two prior teacher retention programs including one that focused on Science and Math teachers, both resulting in retention exceeding the state and national averages.

4) Use the best practices and success strategies from the prototype to develop a replicable, sustainable model that the Local Education Agency (LEA) Miami-Dade district will utilize in other schools.

5) Motivate students interest, (with a strand focused on women and STEM), in further, high level STEM education and careers through dynamic academics combined with external learning experiences such as field trips that demonstrate “real world” STEM academic study connections to successful businesses and industries

The one year program will serve José Marti School, a STEM magnet enrolling students from grades 6-12. It will be conducted by the Council for Educational Change through their existent Executive PASS© partnership which is currently operating in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The Council has expertise in the areas of executive partnership and the development of STEM instructional leaders.

The executive partnerships with the principal and school leaders will enable the administrators to learn best practices that successful business leaders use, for example, in the management of human resource in areas such as securing and maintaining their talent pool.

The program will have these chief components:

  • Business partnership
  • Professional development
  • Mentoring
  • Development of a replicable model.

The school is establishing relationships for internships and externships.  Internships and field trips will enable students to visit and have first-hand experiences in STEM career areas, and see the practical application of the latest STEM content.  Externships will enable teachers to visit and speak with individuals in the field to ensure that they can connect the latest information on a practical level for their students.

Although this model will begin at one school, the LEA is very interested in this project as a model for possible dissemination throughout the district.  Additionally, participants in Council programs statewide such as PASS, Executive PASS (over 300 schools statewide) will receive information and have access to the results and ideas of this model during scheduled networking sessions. In summary, this prototype will be replicable for funders interested in building a scaffold, through partnership and professional development, to deliver successful school STEM initiatives which will lead to improved student performance.