Partnership to Offer Customized, Integrated K-12 STEM Solutions
Boston—February 11, 2010—The education services and technology company Pearson and the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) at the Museum of Science, Boston today announced their plan to partner to offer customizable, integrated K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) solutions. These solutions will support states seeking to implement standards-based STEM curricula and meet the Federal Department of Education’s Race to the Top and Invest in Innovation (I3) grant priorities.
According to a recent directive from the National Science Board, “The Nation must act now to address the critical needs of its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education system.” Coupled with the emphasis on STEM in the Obama Administration’s Race to the Top guidelines, this directive draws attention to the need to prepare more students for advanced study and future careers in these fields and to increase access to rigorous STEM coursework and experts.
The K-12 STEM solutions from Pearson and the NCTL will provide an integrated approach to STEM curriculum, including a collection of courses, training resources, and community partnerships that will help promote relevant and effective learning and teaching. Grant writing and support are available to help states prepare their documentation and customize STEM solutions to integrate into their existing curricula.
“Pearson and NCTL will partner with states and local education agencies to create a STEM solution from a comprehensive range of resources, including curricula, professional development and teacher support, learning technologies, data systems and formative and summative assessments. Our goal is to build a stronger education system that ensures opportunity for every learner while providing tangible results, a key of which is offering systemic professional development to help districts train educators as well as integrate STEM into their curriculum. Our mission is simple: help teachers enable students to learn,” Pearson’s general manager of PreK-12 science Lynda Cloud said.
Centered on scenario-based activities, Pearson and the NCTL’s K-12 STEM solutions will help students learn through the engineering design process and develop ways to solve relevant, real-world problems. The program emphasizes 21st century skills such as creativity and intellectual curiosity, problem-solving, and interpersonal and collaborative skills—all essential skills for success in STEM careers. STEM career pathways are integrated into the instructional model, deepening student and teacher exposure to the variety of STEM career options.
“The key to educating students to thrive in today’s competitive global economy is introducing them to the technology and engineering skills and concepts that will engage them in applying their math and science knowledge to solve real problems. The innovative, hands-on program offered by the NCTL-Pearson partnership is designed to do just that, harnessing the creativity of young minds,” said Ioannis Miaoulis, Museum of Science president and NCTL founding director. He added, “Building on a solid foundation of relationships with national and local STEM educational partners, the NCTL and Pearson are well-positioned to share effective STEM instructional materials across the country, ensuring the success of students and teachers alike.”
For more information about the K-12 STEM solutions, including details on how Pearson and NCTL can meet state and local education agencies’ STEM and Race to the Top needs, contact 1-877-524-STEM (7836).
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education services, technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information about Pearson School, go to www.pearsonschool.com.
About National Center for Technological Literacy
The goal of the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®), based at the Museum of Science, Boston, is to integrate engineering in core curricula in schools nationwide and to inspire the next generation of engineers and innovators. The NCTL fosters learning about how technologies are created and used. It offers educational products and programs for K-12 students and teachers, including research-based and teacher-tested engineering curricula, pre-service, in-service and online teacher professional development, and an online educator resource center. The NCTL works with government agencies, universities, science centers, corporations, foundations, and teacher organizations to facilitate the re-engineering of curricula, teaching and learning standards, and assessments. For more information, go to www.nctl.org
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