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Wednesday, July 26 • 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Cummings/Lane - The Steam Engines Collaborative: How one school district created a mentoring community for the students that crosses all grade levels.

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The Steam Engines Collaborative is like a Teachers Without Borders program in the Pelham School District. In 2015-2016 I started a program in the elementary school called Science Buddies. This became a popular way for upper level students to mentor the younger grades in science education. After successfully teaching inquiry lessons to my 5th grade students, I allowed them to design their own lessons and ""take them on the road,"" or across the school into 1st-3rd grade classrooms. This was a popular way for the teachers of younger students, so busy teaching reading and math lessons, to have help teaching science. This program took off, and when the Superintendent asked me, ""What next?"" I thought of expanding it, not only to all subject areas, but to all three schools in the district. Now we have the Steam Engines Collaborative, which currently has 28 teachers participating. The 4th and 5th grade students in the elementary school mentor the 1st-3rd graders. The middle school students mentor the upper elementary students, and the high school students mentor the middle schoolers. The mentor/mentee classes are paired up and then the teachers plan topics and schedules to meet both of their needs. The mentoring students plan the lessons based on the curriculum requirements of the mentee class. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math are woven through the lessons. This program has taken off due to the amazing support of the Superintendent and Administrators in the Pelham School District, in which we are all encouraged to take risks and creatively teach in this exciting new world of innovation.

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Rebecca Cummings

STEAM Teacher, Pelham Elementary School

Matt Lane

8th grade science teacher, Pelham School District

Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  Main Conference Session
  • BLC Strand Contributing to Professional Learning Communities
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All