The Former John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School
The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School aimed to instruct students in grades three through eight using an innovative educational model that emphasized science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Teachers were drawn from four partner school districts (Indian Prairie, East Aurora, West Aurora, and Batavia) to teach STEM students while simultaneously pursuing advanced studies. Instructional expenses were covered by district per-capita budgets, and Aurora University funded ongoing operational costs.
Programming at the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School concluded a the end of the 2022-23 academic year. Participating districts have since incorporated concepts from the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School into their own programs. In School District 129, this has taken the form of expanded STEM instruction district-wide.
The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School was led by a governing board comprising representatives of the five partners. The board worked to ensure excellence in teaching and administration, compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and alignment with each of the school boards and the Aurora University Board of Trustees. Meetings of the board were public, and included participation by the following board members:
Dr. Jeff Craig
Superintendent, West Aurora School District 129
Dr. Lisa Hichens
Superintendent, Batavia Public School District 101
Dr. Jennifer Norrell
Superintendent, East Aurora School District 131
Dr. Rebecca Sherrick
President, Aurora University
Dr. Adrian Talley
Superintendent, Indian Prairie School District 204