Tennessee STEM School Designation

Tennessee STEM School Designation was developed to provide a “roadmap” for schools to successfully implement a STEM education plan at the local level. The tools and resources created define the attributes necessary for a school to create a comprehensive STEM learning environment for its students. A school that receives Tennessee STEM School Designation will be recognized by the Tennessee Department of Education for its use of STEM teaching and learning strategies and serve as a model from which other schools may visit and learn. All K–12 schools serving students in Tennessee are eligible.

Becoming A Tennessee Designated STEM School

Step 1- Complete the Self-Assessment Schools intending to apply for designation should complete the self-assessment to determine their readiness and/or areas they may need support in.
Step 2- Interview Inform the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network of the school’s intent to apply by completing the interest form and submitting the self-assessment below. A representative will contact the school’s designated contact to schedule an initial conversation to determine the school’s readiness to apply and to assess if implementation supports are needed.
Step 3- Application/ Portfolio Preparation Consists of the responses and artifacts compiled from the application. Schools obtain letters of support from their Director of Schools or District Superintendent and business partners.
Step 4- Portfolio Review The Tennessee STEM Designation Review Team reviews the portfolio responses for each attribute and associated artifacts to make a recommendation to begin the review for recognition at the state level.
Step 5- School Site Visit Visits will be conducted by members of the Tennessee STEM Designation Review Team to follow up on specific elements from the portfolio review.  School site visits will only be conducted for those being considered for STEM School Designation based on their portfolio review outcomes.
Step 6- Tennessee Department of Education Approval The STEM Designation Review Team will make a recommendation for STEM School Designation awardees to the Tennessee Department of Education.

Tennessee STEM School Designation Webinar Series – View the Recorded Sessions:

Topic Webinar Information
How to Become a Tennessee STEM Designated School Download Recording
Infrastructure Attributes—Developing a STEM Action & Sustainability Plan Download Presentation
Curriculum & Instruction Attributes— Developing a Strong STEM Integrated Curriculum Download Recording

Download Presentation

Professional Development & Achievement Attributes—Offering Opportunities to Build Educator Capacity Download Presentation
Community & Postsecondary Partnerships Attributes—Establishing STEM Partnerships to Create Connections Between Theory & Application Download Presentation


Two-Year STEM Implementation Guide: Designed for schools who have not started developing a STEM program.




Interest Form