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ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF OUR NATION, BUILDING STEM TALENT AND WORKFORCE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.
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Harmony's STEM Education Model Shared Across the Nation

Harmony's very own STEM Students on the Stage (SOS)™ published recently as a book for educators, researchers, and policymakers across the globe to learn about our novel STEM teaching approach. The U.S. Department of Education has also included our STEM SOS™ model as a promising resource to support personalized learning environments in its Race to the Top - District Monthly Connection June 2015 issue.

The Model was developed with the goal of teaching rigorous content in an engaging, fun, and effective way. This book details how the STEM SOS Model is helping students learn STEM content and develop 21st century skills, as well as helping teachers improve their classroom climate through increased student-teacher communication and a reduction in classroom management issues. Copies of the book can be ordered here. A preview of the book can be accessed here.


Harmony Public Schools Sets the Example for Project Based Learning in Recent Report

Harmony Public Schools was recently featured in a report by the District Reform Support Network, highlighting Harmony's excellence in project based learning. 

Teachers need instructional practices that impart more sophisticated and higher-order thinking and analytical skills for students across the achievement spectrum. To meet this challenge, many educators have landed on project-based learning (PBL). PBL is an inquiryoriented instructional method that builds rich content knowledge and real-world skills while empowering students to drive their learning. Race to the Top–District grantee Harmony Public Schools (HPS) counts itself among those who believe in the promise of PBL for their students’ deeper learning. Inspired by observations of PBL in practice in Harmony schools, this brief provides an overview of Harmony’s project-based learning vision, design and approach, concluding with a few key considerations for districts as they explore implementation of project-based learning. 

Download the report here: https://rttd.grads360.org/#communities/pdc/documents/8650


 

Harmony Is Topping the Table in Accountability Ratings

Texas Education Agency (TEA) has recently released 2015 accountability ratings for public and charter schools and districts across the state. Based on student performance, growth, and college/career readiness measures on STAAR, high stakes testing as a summative assessment, Harmony Public Schools has the most impressive results once again.

Harmony's impressive accountability ratings are summarized as follows:

- 100% of Harmony Public Schools districts were rated "MET STANDARD"
- 72% of Harmony Public Schools campuses (31 schools) earned at least one distinction designation!
- 21% of Harmony Public Schools campuses (9 schools) earned ALL possible distinction designations!
- Harmony School of Excellence district earned post-secondary distinction in 2015 accountability ratings.

Below is a list of Harmony schools that swept up all 7 available distinction designations as they demonstrated distinct academic achievement in the areas of Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Top 25% Student Progress, Top 25% Closing Performance Gap, and Post-Secondary Readiness.

- Harmony Science Academy - North Austin
- Harmony Science Academy - El Paso
- Harmony School of Advancement - Houston
- Harmony School of Discovery - Houston
- Harmony School of Science - Sugar Land High
- Harmony Science Academy - West Houston
- Harmony School of Innovation - Carrollton
- Harmony Science Academy - Euless
- Harmony School of Innovation - Fort Worth

Houston Chronicles covered a story on 2015 accountability ratings and how major districts in the greater Houston area performed this year.


El Paso Harmony Students Build Solar-Powered Car

Five El Paso students are building a solar-powered car they hope to race later this month in a national competition, only if they get the funding they need to purchase missing parts. The first known high school team from El Paso, to participate in the national Solar Car Challenge, has two weeks to gather the funds they need. Spanning four days from July 20-23, the race will take place in Fort Worth at the Texas Motor Speedway. “We initially thought the car would run on hopes and dreams,” said Oscar G., “not anymore” he added about his team’s solar car. Each team member has a specialty they are working on for the car, but the realization of the importance of this particular project has made an impact on all the students. “Mistakes made in robotics and mistakes made here aren’t the same,” said Gamez “mistakes made here have a much deeper impact.”

Regardless of the outcome of the race, these students have already made an impact and created a legacy among fellow students at Harmony Science Academy El Paso. The entire reason they did this they say was to “take our experience and pass it on.”

If you would like to help the students reach their financial goals, please email the Harmony Science Academy Solar Technology and Research Club at star.harmony.2015@gmail.com. You can read the entire article posted in the El Paso times by clicking here.


Harmony Student Receives Gold Medal for Project at International Competition

Harmony Public Schools’ student, Sueda C., is the recipient of a gold medal from, INESPO (International Environment Sustainability Project Olympiad). Her interdisciplinary project “Vascular Geometry in Tumors” combined geometry, statistics, biology, and medical sciences as a PBL (project based learning) project and she won first place in both regional and state wide science fair competitions before receiving the gold medal at INESPO. Sueda is one of only two U.S. students who qualified for the event. There were several hundred projects from 47 different countries. Awarded one of the very few gold medals given, Sueda represented Harmony, Texas, and the United States well at this prestigious international science project Olympiad. 

Click here to learn more about INESPO.


 

Harmony Robotics Team Finishes in Top 1% in World Competition

Earlier in Spring 2015, HPS had announced that 8 teams from Harmony were crowned regional and state champions in various FIRST robotics competitions (FLL, FTC, FRC) and these teams were advanced to compete at the world championship tournaments. One of our FTC teams “MoHawk Elite” finished the FTC World Championship in TOP 1% as they ranked 23 out of 4,450 teams from all 50 states and 16 different countries in St. Louis, MO last April.


Harmony Team Crowned Odyssey of the Mind Texas State Champions

Harmony teams competed at Odyssey of the Mind competition. In the Houston regional competition and also Texas State competition top two teams were both from Harmony schools. As TX state champions and runners-up, both of our teams advanced to World Finals of Odyssey of the Mind competition to be held in Michigan State University this year in late May. The teams have been working diligently for the past 8 months and their hard work has paid off. Harmony teams will compete with other high school teams from all 50 states and more than a dozen countries from Europe and Asia.


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