STEMbyTAF Model Approved for 6th Grade at Washington Middle School

STEMbyTAF Model Approved for 6th Grade Classes at Washington Middle School for 2020-21

We are excited to share that at the January 22 regular board meeting, the Seattle School Board approved a Joint Operating Agreement between Seattle Public Schools and Technology Access Foundation (TAF) to implement the STEMbyTAF model at Washington Middle School for incoming 6th graders in the 2020-21 school year. All 6th-graders will be taught in STEMbyTAF academically inclusive classrooms.

The STEMbyTAF model uses a project-based learning (PBL) instructional framework. PBL gives all students an opportunity to drive their learning based on interest and inquiry, while also working to master standards.

TAF focuses on STEM literacy, defined as “the ability to understand and apply concepts and content from science, technology, engineering, mathematics, humanities, and arts to identify and solve challenges or problems that cannot be resolved by any one disciplinary approach.”

Over Summer 2020, Washington Middle School staff will be trained in the STEMbyTAF model. The training will include classes in project-based learning and differentiated instruction to ensure all students excel in rigorous coursework.

Students in the Washington Middle School attendance area and students who are currently enrolled in the HCC Pathway at Thurgood Marshall are automatically assigned a seat at Washington Middle School for the 2020-21 school year. Students and their families may choose to apply to another school during the Open Enrollment for School Choice process, February 3-14, if they prefer not to participate in STEMbyTAF at Washington Middle School. Before you make a decision, we encourage you to learn more about the STEMbyTAF model by visiting TAF’s website.

We look forward to launching this great partnership with TAF, one that will benefit all Washington Middle School students and support a rigorous STEM education.