Awakening Your STEM School

Assuring A Job Ready Workforce

Non-Fiction - Education
230 Pages
Reviewed on 07/20/2015
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Author Biography

Dr. Smith has been a resident of Newport News for 42 years graduating from Warwick High School in 1990. From there he earned his bachelors and masters degrees from Christopher Newport University and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University.

Being in education over 18 years and serving in many capacities on the secondary level such as assistant principal, principal, and teacher he currently is the program director at Aviation Academy where he is an advocate for STEM learning and committed to making all students succeed. In addition to serving public school students Dr. Smith has been an adjunct professor at Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University.

Dr. Smith was recognized on the national level as he was awarded the Crystal Star Award from the National Dropout Prevention Center in 2010. His latest work includes the co-authoring of a new STEM book called Awakening Your STEM School which provides teachers, business partners and school officials the blueprint to transform their current program into an elite STEM site. I

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jane Allen Petrick for Readers' Favorite

Oh that every teenager in America could attend a school like that described in Awakening Your STEM School: Assuring a Job Ready Workforce by Dr. Aaron L. Smith. Dr. Smith is the director of the Aviation Academy, a charter school in the Newport News, Virginia public school system. Aviation Academy has a partnership with NASA and, thanks to that partnership, students get to assemble flyable RV-12 airplanes from kits. Dozens of area businesses, tech contractors with a nearby air base, offer internships to Aviation Academy students. Aviation Academy faculty boasts its own state-of-the-art wind tunnel. Air Force One routinely lands at the base near the school and can be seen towering over its cafeteria. Aviation Academy is clearly embracing and meeting the need for better STEM programming in American public schools.

On first impression, Awakening Your STEM School: Assuring a Job Ready Workforce may fill union badgered, bureaucracy bound, finance blocked public school professionals more with feelings of envy than of emulation. Dr. Smith's statement that, "Every school in America is embracing the need to dramatically improve STEM education. And every business in America needs STEM graduates" might come across as painful hyperbole to some. But the absolute magic of Awakening Your STEM School is that the processes and tools presented here, if embraced and implemented, could improve STEM education in every school in America. Take Chapter 22, for example. In "Envisioning STEM in public schools," Smith addresses head on the challenges of urban high school education. And he knows of what he speaks: Aviation Academy is an ethnically and socio-economically mixed school. The section "Ideas in Action #2 - Focus on the Dropout: The Silent Epidemic" alone is worth the price of the book.

In summary, Awakening Your STEM School: Assuring a Job Ready Workforce by Dr. Aaron L. Smith is an executive MBA for educators. With 44 specific action ideas and over 300 tips for success, I was presented with a complete map for planning, organizing, staffing and controlling a vibrant STEM program. Aviation Academy's success can be replicated. I urge you to read Awakening Your STEM School: Assuring a Job Ready Workforce if you want to do just that for your school.