2018 STEM Designated Schools honored by Commissioner McQueen at the Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit

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

Application Step Description Timeline
Complete the Self-Assessment Schools intending to apply for designation should complete this Self-Assessment to determine their readiness and/or areas they may need support in and submit the interest form below. September 28
Phone Interview 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. Mid-October
Application 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. Sample Application December 15
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. December-January
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. February-March
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.  Designated schools will be honored at the STEM Innovation Summit in May. May 1

Interest Form


2018-2019 Designation Timeline