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University of Washington College of Education wins Washington STEM Grant

Grant is dedicated to discovering and advancing better teaching methods in science, technology, engineering, and math across the state Washington STEM, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to improving education in science, technology, engineering, and math, announced more than $1.2 million in new investments today, ranging from simple kits that help young children build STEM skills at home to an ambitious plan to spread a proven strategy for improving math and science instruction for disadvantaged students.

The University of Washington along with the Renton and Highline School Districts received a Washington $460,000 STEM grant to develop networked improvement communities for high quality mathematics and science teaching.
The most powerful indicator of student learning is the quality of instruction. The University of Washington is excited to work with high needs schools in Renton and Highline to develop a networked improvement community that supports high quality teaching practices in mathematics and science.

“We are excited to work with a talented group of educators and leaders to create a strong network of schools where students experience success and joy in doing mathematics and science,” Dr. Elham Kazemi stated. “WA STEM’s support will enable us to build ways to connect schools and spread high quality practices throughout the state.”

A $460,000 investment from Washington STEM will help build upon the success of a job-embedded professional development model in elementary mathematics to middle and high school science in South King County and spread the ideas and practices around the state. 

"Our project addresses key outcomes identified by WA STEM,” Dr. Jessica Thompson said, “including improving students' critical thinking, problem solving, and dispositions toward mathematics and science.  By pushing the boundaries of what teachers can do in high needs classrooms and supporting teachers with a suite of tools to support these practices, we can help students get excited about learning."

Learn more about tools for ambitious science teaching »

The latest round of investments from Washington STEM are divided into two types: small entrepreneur awards designed to let teachers, schools, and districts try new ideas for improving STEM education and larger portfolio awards aimed at spreading proven strategies across the state.

 “We're supporting innovative educators and researchers as they develop new techniques for teaching science, technology, engineering and math, said Patrick D'Amelio, CEO of Washington STEM. “And we're taking the very best of those STEM practices and positioning them to scale up so all kids can benefit."

To date, Washington STEM has invested $4.1 million across the state, impacting over 24,000 students and 800 teachers.  See a full list of Washington STEM investments »

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