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.
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
Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest: The REL Southwest assists the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas in using data and research evidence to address high-priority education needs in the region. The project addresses STEM learning through the Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance, which is examining factors related to improving Hispanic student participation, achievement, and advancement in STEM courses and careers.
STEM XXI Network: The STEM XXI Network is a SEDL initiative committed to enhancing STEM teaching and learning in Texas. The network was founded by SEDL, IBM, Central Texas Discover Engineering, and the Thinkery. The network brings a diverse group of stakeholders together to increase understanding of the current landscape of STEM programs in Texas, develop strategies for addressing instruction gaps, and strengthen STEM education in Texas and beyond.
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.
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 sections on science, technology, and mathematics that provide promising practices, sample lessons, and illustrative videos.
Girlstart Evaluation: SEDL provided 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: Southeast Comprehensive Center (2005–2012): The Southeast Comprehensive Center provided technical assistance and professional development to the state education agencies of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina to build their capacity to support schools and districts engaged in improvement efforts, including support for STEM. Work varied by state.
Texas Comprehensive Center (2005–2012): The Texas Comprehensive Center worked with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the state’s 20 education service centers to build staff capacity to support schools and districts engaged in improvement efforts, including support for STEM.
Connecting Kids to Mathematics and Science: This professional development course guides teachers for grades 4–8 with hands-on experience in developing and implementing problem-based lessons that integrate math and science while also employing technology to promote student learning. SEDL piloted the course with teachers in Austin, Texas. The 9-session course is provided online free of charge and was made possible through support from the Educational Foundation of America, the KDK-Harman Foundation, and the RGK Foundation. Read more
Mosaic: An Integrated Approach to Mathematics, Science, Technology, & Language: This K–5 supplemental instructional program updates and expands SEDL’s highly popular Paso Partners program. Mosaic provides lessons and resources that integrate math, science, and technology while supporting English learners and academic language skills. Available in both English and Spanish, the program was made possible through a grant from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation and is provided online free of charge. Read more
Southwest Consortium for the Improvement of Mathematics and Science Teaching (SCIMAST) (1992–2005): SCIMAST was 1 of 10 regional mathematics and science consortia funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. SCIMAST worked to improve mathematics and science learning through teachers’ use of research-based knowledge and resources, especially in economically disadvantaged schools.
Partnership for 21st Century Skills: SEDL served as an affiliate professional development provider for the nationwide Partnership for 21st Century Skills, an initiative formed by major U.S. technology corporations and the U.S. Department of Education to teach skills that students need to succeed in the 21st century.