In an effort to persistently empower minds and build futures through innovative learning, the Huntington Beach Union High School District (HBUHSD) has joined the OC STEM program, STEM Learning Ecosystem: Leadership for Articulated STEM Programs Institute.

Over an 18-month period, this professional learning institute is designed to strengthen Orange County school district leadership through the development of STEM Learning Ecosystems and implementation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs.

“We are very proud of the STEM opportunities that the HBUHSD provides its students and are excited to be selected as one of the Orange County school districts to participate in the OC Stem Institute,” said Owen Crosby, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. “We look forward to working with our colleagues throughout the county and at the Institute to enhance the STEM opportunities we provide our students.”

On Friday, May 20, an elite team of HBUHSD teachers, administrators, parents, and community members met to further pursue the District’s implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards through STEM education. Participation in the Institute will include additional professional development opportunities for staff and increased STEM resources available to district students — both of which are key elements of the District’s strategic plan. Throughout this academic endeavor, the HBUHSD will have the opportunity to collaborate while working side-by-side with eight other school districts including Huntington Beach City School District.

The Institute is being developed by OC STEM in partnership with the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), WestEd, the California STEM Learning Network and the California After School Network, with planning contributors from Children and Families Commission of Orange County, Discovery Cube Orange County, Science@OC THINK Together, Tiger Woods Learning Center, and University of California Irvine, School of Education.

For more information about the STEM Learning Ecosystem Institute, visit the OC STEM Initiative website.