Bishop Shanahan High School: A Beacon of STEM Excellence

Bishop Shanahan High SchoolFrom left to right, back row: Mrs. Janet Moore, Mrs. Lisa Rossana, Mrs. Beth Harper Briglia (BSHS Board Chair), Mrs. Mary Kay Hennessy '75. Front left to right, front row: Ms. Corinne Alfano, Mrs. Michele Verratti, Sister Christina Marie Roberts, IHM, Dr. Robert Moran (BSHS Principal), Dr. Marissa Prather (NISE STEM Leadership Coach), Dr. Brooke Tesche (Archdiocese of Philadelphia Superintendent of Secondary Schools & Schools of Special Education), Mrs. Bernadette Dougherty (AOP Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools), and Mrs. Nancy Kurtz (AOP Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools). Not pictured: Mrs. Jennifer Scullin, Mrs. Teresa Dellicompagni

DOWNINGTOWN, PA — In an exceptional accomplishment, Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, Chester County, has been awarded the National Certificate for STEM Excellence. This distinction recognizes the school’s steadfast commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Bishop Shanahan is not only the first school in Pennsylvania to receive this prestigious recognition from the National Institute for STEM Education but also has six of its teachers proudly holding STEM Teaching Certificates.

To celebrate this significant achievement, the school community will assemble on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Bishop Shanahan High School. The event will include a showcase of the school’s remarkable STEM projects and awards, demonstrating the school’s dedication to cutting-edge education.

Throughout the day, the impressive student projects and innovative teacher initiatives will be on display in the school’s lobby for everyone to admire. These displays stand as a testament to the dedication of the entire school community towards fostering a stimulating environment for STEM learning.

The National Certificate for STEM Excellence recognizes schools that demonstrate a deep commitment to 21st-century and STEM strategies. This certificate, which has its roots in STEM professional development and curriculum created at Rice University, integrates the latest research and best practices in STEM, 21st Century Learning, and professional development.

Earning this certificate was no small feat for Bishop Shanahan High School. The year-long process required the STEM Leadership Team to collaborate extensively with faculty. Their goal? To amplify the school’s STEM efforts in relation to 27 program indicators, authentically apply processes and resources to elevate a culture of STEM teaching and learning across the curriculum. Another major milestone was increasing the STEM instructional capacity by having six teachers complete the National Certificate for STEM Teaching.

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This achievement is a testament to Bishop Shanahan High School’s commitment to providing its students with a top-tier education. The school’s dedication to fostering an environment that encourages innovative thinking and problem-solving skills is truly inspiring. Congratulations to Bishop Shanahan High School on this well-deserved recognition. Your dedication to STEM education is not only shaping the minds of your students but also setting a benchmark for schools across Chester County.

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