Rose Park STEM

Rose Park Magnet Earns State STEM School Designation
Posted on 05/26/2021
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MNPS’s Rose Park Magnet Math and Science Middle School is one of just 13 schools awarded the Tennessee STEM School Designation for 2021, recognizing its commitment to teaching science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics in ways that prepare students for success in the 21st century.

The designation by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network means Rose Park, led by Principal Rommie Vasser, will serve as a model that other schools can visit and learn from.

“Rose Park does an incredible job year after year of nurturing students’ creativity by teaching the STEAM subjects in rigorous but innovative ways,” Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle said. “They make learning fun, and they make it last. Congratulations to Principal Vasser and his team on this great honor.”

Rose Park focuses on fostering what it calls “the four C’s”: critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration. The school works closely with Vanderbilt University, Fisk University, Microsoft, and other partners to offer unique learning experiences to students.

“STEAM helps students to connect the WHY behind the WHAT they are expected to learn in school with a focus on solution-seeking learning, hands-on activities, and real-world application,” Principal Vasser said. “We’re grateful to the State of Tennessee for this recognition of our approach to STEAM education and the impact it has on our students from across Nashville and Davidson County, and we thank our colleagues at MNPS for their support throughout the application process.”

Rose Park is now the district’s first dual-certified STEM school, having been certified by accrediting agency Cognia in 2018.

Each school that was awarded the STEM School Designation this month was asked to complete a self-evaluation, participate in interviews, and host site visits with the Tennessee STEM Designation review team, which looked at five focus areas: infrastructure, curriculum and instruction, professional development, achievement, and community and postsecondary partnerships.

As part of the process, schools were required to submit a plan of action for implementing and sustaining STEM and/or STEAM education for the next five years.
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