The Program

Highland Park Independent School District is in the second year of a five-year $5.8 million grant from the Moody Foundation that is allowing district teachers to re-examine and improve the delivery of instruction in the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

HPISD is already seen as a leader in delivering quality instruction in STEAM subjects. The grant provides opportunities for teachers from different subject areas to work together to enhance and strengthen our efforts.

As this program develops, HPISD STEAM initiatives will be driven by teacher professional development. More than 50 HPISD teachers have already begun the work, with the goal of providing highly engaging instruction that integrates ideas from multiple disciplines allowing students to make connections in their learning and solve problems at high levels.

The grant will also establish the Moody Advanced Professional Studies Center (MAPS) to allow interested HPISD students to be mentored and receive hands-on, professional experience by employers in STEAM fields. These experiences will be designed to give students a well-rounded foundation should they eventually choose to enter a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts or mathematics.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The primary goal of Highland Park ISD STEAM is to enhance education for the benefit and success of our students. This will be accomplished through the development of learning opportunities across the entire K–12 system that create meaningful connections in learning, foster critical thinking and problem solving, and ultimately offer professional-level, hands-on experiences for students. 

The Moody Innovation Institute grant makes it possible to accelerate these efforts by supporting teacher professional development, providing enhanced technology, and funding staff to facilitate the design of relevant, engaging, integrated learning opportunities that enhance the outstanding educational experience in HPISD.