Society in general, employers and schools are seeing STEM as a way of equipping students with the 21st century skills needed to succeed in further education and the workplace. Illustrated with case-studies, this volume guides educational leaders through understanding, creating and leading the STEM change process in order to transform existing school programs. Part 1, Why STEM?, introduces STEM education as a national imperative, with a focus on high rigour and high relevance. Part 2, Shifting, tells the stories of schools that have shifted into the STEM space, some inspired by a single entrepreneurial teacher, others by a visionary district leader. The STEM shift can begin in a single classroom or school-wide, but leadership is the key. You will also find valuable pointers about preparing the school community for STEM initiatives and about creating essential partnerships with business and higher education. Videos, resources and access links are provided in a companion website.