Always mindful of keeping an eye to the future and in step with the most current educational research, Pioneer Academy has once again taken action to enhance the quality of education embracing the STEAM Movement.
The basis of the STEM Movement (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grew out of the concerns that students were not being effectively and efficiently prepared to successfully meet the expectations of high-tech jobs of the future. One year later, it was determined that the need to include the Arts was critical because both Science and Technology, while based in elements of Math, are interpreted through not only Engineering but also the Arts. Thus, STEAM Education not only emerged but was also quickly embraced here at Pioneer Academy.
It did not take long to realize that education in the 21st Century had lost sight of the most critical aspect of our education and all jobs, regardless of the level of technology. That aspect is Reading. Without the ability to read and write, there is no job for which STEM or STEAM Education will sufficiently prepare our students.
As such, Pioneer Academy has made it a priority to recognize English Language Arts as a critical component of the core standards and core content areas. In order to be prepared for 21st Century high-tech jobs, our students must do a great deal of reading with comprehension as well as writing. We have built curricula that afford every student the opportunity to read and write every day under the auspices of highly qualified, certified ELA instructors. Additionally, Pioneer Academy impresses upon all of its teachers that reading must be at the forefront of their minds in all content areas. No matter what subject is being taught, everyone is a teacher of reading in the content area. As educators, they see the critical importance of putting the skills of reading and writing, our fundamental means of communication, first.
The following are some examples of how Pioneer Academy implements sound STEAM Education: