STEM Insight For

High School Educators

CONNECTING STUDENTS TO THEIR FUTURES.

Creating a Vision for Your STEM Student’s Success

As a STEM educator, you give students the essential building blocks they need to create productive careers in math, technology, engineering, and science. High school provides the perfect laboratory to help students identify core passions — validating the endorsements they declared leaving middle school. 

Help Your Students Achieve Their Dreams

On STEM INSIGHT, we give you the tools to help you connect your students to potential and possibility. You can:

Our goal is to position you with all the information you need to effectively empower students with the curiosity, interest and skills to find the best solutions to the most challenging problems in North Texas.

The Role of Endorsements

In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 5 creating a new graduation plan for Texas students—the Foundation High School Program, which changed the way high school student select their courses. Every ninth-grade student is required to choose one of five endorsements as a focus of study – a broad area of interest that guides course selection throughout high school.  You’ll find the endorsement requirement in schools and school districts across Texas, but the specifications might vary slightly.

Dallas Independent School District

In DISD, the endorsement subject areas are STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics); business and industry; public services; arts and humanities, and multidisciplinary studies. You may change endorsements and even opt out after the tenth grade, but only with the written approval of a parent or guardian. Learn more about implementation of endorsements in the classroom on the DISD website, including resources, such as Naviance that will help you:

  • Explore and apply to colleges and universities
  • Explore and apply to scholarships
  • Prepare for the PSAT and SAT
  • Learn about various career fields
  • Learn about upcoming college fairs
  • Build a resume
  • Request transcripts for colleges

NEXT STEPS: POSTSECONDARY OPTIONS

Consider all your STEM options carefully and select the best pathway to help you achieve your objectives. What will you do? Remember, you can review all the steps along your journey and the reality of what to expect at each level–right here on this site.

Schools that offer STEM Pathway