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.

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, 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

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.

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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 Teaching Math to Young Children: Introduction (Webinar)
This webinar provides an overview of the five evidence-based recommendations in the Teaching Math to Young Children practice guide, with a focus on Recommendation 4: Teach children to view and describe their world mathematically. Presenting is Sharon M. Carver, director of Carnegie Mellon's Children's School and one of the practice guide's panelists.
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 Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance: Data Inventory Overview

This document provides an overview of the Texas Hispanic STEM Data Inventory, which is in a separate Excel spreadsheet available upon request. The data inventory includes information about data collected by the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the U.S. Department of Education, and other organizations. 

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 SEDL Insights, Vol. 1, No. 4: Teaching Mathematics Conceptually

Mathematics instruction in the United States has historically focused on procedures, facts, and algorithms. Because of that focus, mathematics instruction, in essence, becomes lessons in arithmetic and efficiency. While there are promising changes occurring in mathematics instruction, we still need to help both teachers and students develop a more conceptual understanding of mathematics. This issue of SEDL Insights helps educators shift from helping students memorize rules to facilitating a deeper understanding of mathematics concepts.

Image of publication cover Common Core State Standards Video Series: Mathematics
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) videos are designed to support states, schools, and teachers in the implementation of selected math standards. Each video is an audiovisual resource that focuses on one specific standard through examples and illustrations geared to enhancing understanding.
Image of publication cover SEDL Letter, Volume XV, Number 1 (Dec. 2003): Improving Achievement In Mathematics and Science
This issue of SEDL Letter examines issues related to improving math and science achievement, including the importance of providing a foundation in algebraic thinking well before high school.
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 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 Math in Afterschool: A Guide to Using the Afterschool Training Toolkit for Professional Development
The Afterschool Training Toolkit materials are designed to illustrate techniques and activities that leverage student curiosity to make mathematics in afterschool both enjoyable and relevant. This guide provides professional development ideas for each of the seven promising practices in afterschool math enrichment.
Image of publication cover Math in Afterschool: An Instructor's Guide to the Afterschool Training Toolkit
The seven promising practices in afterschool math identified in the Afterschool Training Toolkit are as follows: Finding Math; Math Centers; Math Games; Math Projects; Math Tools; Math Tutoring; Family Connections. 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 math lessons.

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