High-quality instruction in STEM requires both teaching expertise and content knowledge. Yet, at the elementary school level, many teachers haven’t had any specialized education or training in science, leaving them at a loss for PD in STEM.

At the secondary level, studies show that about 33 percent of middle school math and science teachers and 30 percent of high school chemistry and physics teachers didn’t major in these fields and haven’t earned a certificate to teach them.

In 2014, Hillsborough County Public Schools and Polk County Public Schools received a three-year $4.5 million Math-Science Partnership Grant from the Florida Department of Education....

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  • About the Author:

    Larry Plank is the director of K-12 STEM education in Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida. Tomeka F. Thompson, M.Ed, is the Mathematics & Science Partnerships (MSP) program coordinator in Polk County Public Schools in Florida.