Certification program provides a research-based support system for campuses and teachers seeking to strengthen STEM instruction and outcomes
May 20, 2019 — Polser and Valley Ridge Elementary schools are the most recent schools in Lewisville ISD to earn the National Certificate for STEM Excellence (NCSE) - Campus Certification from the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE). The NCSE recognizes individual school campuses for their commitment to and systematic support of teachers’ understanding and use of high-impact, evidence-based STEM instructional strategies.
As part of earning the NCSE - Campus Certification, 57 educators in LISD have earned the National Certificate for STEM Teaching, further contributing to the district’s collective STEM expertise. According to the NISE, LISD has more certified teachers in one district than any other district in the nation. LISD is the only district in Texas to complete a campus certification two years in a row and currently 43 LISD teachers are enrolled and working on their National STEM teaching certification.
“The staff at both Valley Ridge and Polser have shown extreme dedication to the development of the STEM Academy program,” LISD STEM Administrator Dr. Jonas Greene said. “Being nationally recognized as a STEM School of Excellence is not an easy task for an elementary campus. Both campuses had to show implementation of research-based instructional practices in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math as well as have teachers committed to earning their national teaching certificates in STEM."
Polser and Valley Ridge elementary schools are LISD’s second and third STEM academies, which are set to officially open the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. The district opened its first LISD STEM Academy at Donald Elementary the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.
To celebrate these great achievements, the district hosted special certification ceremonies which were held at each respective campus on May 17.