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STEAM

STEAM

  • STEAM: is a Department, (a group of content areas, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, plus Health and Physical Education) and a program (specific courses, programs and a philosophy of instruction). STEAM as a program can express itself via electives (e.g. Engineer, Construct, Design 6-8), school wide initiatives (e.g. Boise Elliot Humboldt Elementary), and content embedded experiences (e.g. MakerSpace). The vision for the STEAM Program in PPS is: Integrative STEAM emphasizes a transformative approach to instruction that provides hands-on, experiential, and cross-curricular teaching and learning opportunities for all students. Tsupros defines STEAM as an instructional settings where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. (Tsupros, 2009)

    Mission: To support all levels of the Portland Public Schools system to facilitate instruction that features dynamic problem-solving and integrated, personalized, and contextualized learning experiences.

    Vision: In order to develop emotionally and physically healthy, fully-engaged 21st-century citizens, Portland Public Schools believes every student should participate in instruction that features dynamic problem-solving and integrated, personalized, and contextualized learning experiences. These transformative school and community-based experiences will be a catalyst critical for closing the racial, gender, linguistic, and economic opportunity gaps.

Department Contacts

Dr. Sarah Davis
Dr. Sarah Davis
Sr. Director of STEAM
503-916-3495
Dr. Susan Holveck
Program Administrator for Science
503-916-3538
Dr. Kristin Moon
Program Administrator for Technology & Engineering
503-916-5386
Kristen Brayson
Program Administrator for Visual & Performing Arts
503-916-3286
Patrice Woods
Director of Mathematics
503-916-3557
Dr. Jenny Withycombe
Program Administrator for Health & Physical Education
503-916-3615
Mary Wiener
STEAM Programs Manager
503-916-3924
Nichole Berg
Climate Justice Program Manager
503-916-3874
Rachel Larsen
STEAM Administrative Assistant
503-916-3925