STEM Learning

A strong foundation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is essential to prepare students to compete in the 21st century economy. President Barack Obama has set forth the goal of "moving our nation from the middle to the top of the pack in math and science education." SEDL supports this goal by providing resources and services to guide educators in improving the quality of STEM instruction, learning, and educational opportunities, particularly for underrepresented groups such as girls, minorities, and diverse learners.

Services We Provide

Our Center for High-Performing Schools offers a range of professional development and consulting services to educators, schools, and districts to support STEM instruction and learning at all levels.

Success Story

“Technology offers a chance for [students] to celebrate who they are. It gives them the opportunity to tell their own unique, personal stories, and those stories can inspire and educate others. Along the way, [students] are learning 21st century skills that can open doors and create opportunities for a lifetime.” — Danny Martinez, Program Associate, Improving School Performance, SEDL

New Mexico Rural Partnership for Technology

In a remote, rural region of western New Mexico, students and teachers must often travel great distances to reach the nearest school. But with SEDL’s help, four districts in the region are using technology to connect schools, teachers, and students to one another and the larger world. Through the New Mexico Rural Partnership for Technology, SEDL assisted the districts in using technology to improve school services and access, enhance staff development, enrich classroom instruction, build students' literacy and information skills, and create a network for teachers to exchange ideas. As a result of the partnership, once-isolated educators and students now have access to a world of new opportunities. Read more:  Article 1  Article 2

Significant Work

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC): The SECC provides professional development and technical assistance to the state education agencies of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina to build their capacity to support districts and schools engaged in improvement efforts, including support for STEM learning. Work varies by state.

Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC): The TXCC provides professional development and technical assistance to the Texas Education Agency and the state’s 20 regional education service centers to build their capacity to support districts and schools engaged in improvement efforts, including support for STEM learning.

Girlstart Evaluation
SEDL is providing evaluation support to Girlstart, a Central Texas informal education program dedicated to empowering and equipping K–12 girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

UTeach STEM Planning Grant: SEDL research and evaluation (R&E) staff are collaborating on a planning grant to develop research design options and methodological approaches to evaluate the efficacy of the UTeach STEM teacher preparation program at the University of Texas at Austin. R&E staff are recruiting national advisors with a range of expertise to advise and assist with the work.

National Center for Quality Afterschool: SEDL's National Center for Quality Afterschool provides digital resources and professional development to help afterschool and expanded learning instructors and state education agencies develop high-quality, balanced expanded learning programs. The Center’s Afterschool Training Toolkit, available online free of charge, contains a section on technology that provides promising practices, sample lessons, and illustrative videos.

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Resources

Image of publication cover Rapid Response: Professional Development Connected to Student Achievement in STEM Education
The Southeast Comprehensive Center at SEDL produced this resource in response to a request by a state department of education for information about professional development for teachers on student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.
Image of publication cover Engaging Diverse Learners Through the Provision of STEM Education Opportunities: Southeast Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, May 2012
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are viewed as fundamental elements in preparing our next generation to compete in the 21st century economy. This brief examines how various states are seeking to improve access to STEM education opportunities for diverse learners to meet state and federal education priorities and funding requirements.
Image of publication cover Connecting Kids to Mathematics and Science
This nine-session professional development course provides teachers in grades 4–8 with hands-on experience in integrating mathematics, science, and technology in the classroom. The course is designed for use by an experienced trainer or facilitator and is available online free of charge.
Image of publication cover Mosaic: An Integrated Approach to Mathematics, Science, Technology, & Language
This K–5 supplemental instructional program provides lessons and resources that integrate math, science, and technology while supporting English learners and academic language skills. The program is available online free of charge.
Image of publication cover SEDL Letter Volume XXII, Number 1: Science, Technology, and Math
In this issue of SEDL Letter, we address challenges and solutions related to science, technology, engineering, and Math (STEM) instruction. We describe three different professional development projects, where SEDL content experts are helping teachers provide instruction in math, science, and technology—or some combination of the three—more effectively and in a more integrated way. We examine the importance of evaluation in helping educators identify and meet goals on STEM-related projects. We also review a research report on ways that instructors can engage students, especially those who are underrepresented in STEM fields.
Image of publication cover Science in Afterschool: An Instructor's Guide to the Afterschool Training Toolkit
The five promising practices in afterschool for science identified in the Afterschool Training Toolkit are as follows: Investigating Science Through Inquiry; Exploring Science Through Projects and Problems; Integrating Science Across the Curriculum; Engaging Families and Communities in Science; Tutoring to Enhance Science Skills. When used with the Afterschool Training Toolkit, the lessons in this instructor’s guide will help you master these promising practices. Once you become proficient at these practices, you should be able to use them to develop other science lessons.
Image of publication cover Technology in Afterschool: A Guide to Using the Afterschool Training Toolkit for Professional Development
This guide focuses on using a practical staff development model for learning about the six technology practices featured in the Afterschool Training Toolkit and how they can support learning. Each technology practice is introduced with two to four activities ranging in length from 15 to 20 minutes. Activities include watching videos, planning lessons, and reading related resources.
Image of publication cover Technology in Afterschool: An Instructor's Guide to the Afterschool Training Toolkit
The six promising practices in afterschool technology identified in the Afterschool Training Toolkit are as follows: Developing Self-Expression and Creativity; Gathering and Sharing Information; Finding and Solving Problems; Living and Working With Technology; Learning in Virtual Spaces; Building Skills and Understanding. When used with the Afterschool Training Toolkit, the lessons in this instructor’s guide will help you master these promising practices. Once you become proficient at these practices, you should be able to use them to develop other technology lessons.
Image of publication cover Afterschool Curriculum Choice: Technology Resources
This online database provides access to high-quality technology resources related to afterschool and expanded learning.

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