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AACTE Receives NSF Grant for International STEM Conference

The National Science Foundation has awarded AACTE $72,820 to support a conference in 2015 on closing the student achievement gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The event will help participants address the following objectives:

  • To review current research on the achievement gap in mathematics and science with a focus on school-related variables that adversely affect outcomes from low-income and minority students
  • To discuss teacher quality and effective teaching in STEM
  • To identify effective strategies and models that promote equity in education and that close the STEM achievement gap
  • To build collaborative, interdisciplinary partnerships for addressing the U.S. achievement gap in STEM subjects

A multidisciplinary group of education researchers, practitioners, and scientists from around the world will share their theoretical approaches and successful models for promoting STEM achievement. Educator preparation professionals attending the conference will learn what is working and explore in-depth lessons from several countries that have successfully confronted inequities in STEM achievement.

More information about the conference will be available in January 2015 at www.aacte.org.

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Gail Bozeman

Chief of Staff, AACTE

Comments (1)

  • Beth D. Van Meeteren


    This is an important conference. Please be sure to include early childhood. STEM begins early, and with increased pressure to perform on high stakes literacy tests, the primary grades do not offer much – if any -attention to STEM. This is especially true in schools that serve minority populations. In addition to this, recess, a place where children can and do explore STEM concepts on their own if they are not provided access to STEM in classrooms, is more likely to be shortened and even removed in these schools to focus on literacy tests. STEM needs to be in primary grade classrooms on a daily basis. It should not be left to after school programs.


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