5 Reasons to Support STEM This Holiday

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As the holiday season approaches, we hope you’ll keep STEMteachersNYC in mind when you consider your annual giving. As NYC’s only teacher-led platform for professional development in STEM we need your support now more than ever.

Please show your support with a gift of $25 or $50. All donations go directly to member programs, and are tax-deductible.

1. THE STEM LEADERSHIP FUND

Since 2011, STEMteachersNYC has organized over 175 workshops for 4000+ teachers. This year we need your help to kickstart the STEM Leadership Fund. The Fund will allow us to reach educators in under resourced schools and offset travel, housing and materials costs for our summer workshops! Your tax deductible donation helps keep these teacher-led programs affordable and accessible to educators across the region.

2. EQUITABLE + INCLUSIVE STEM CLASSROOMS

From widening gender gaps to limited access to STEM resources and education, STEMteachersNYC is committed to supporting all teachers and students.  In NYC, only 20% of high school graduates have taken a course in physics, and just over a half have taken chemistry. In districts where resources are limited, the story is often worse and the stakes much higher. At STEMteachersNYC we believe all students should have access to STEM courses that are relevant and responsive to their needs. And this requires ongoing teacher-led professional development. Our Culturally Responsive STEM Initiative was formed to begin addressing these needs, and we need your help to continue these efforts.

3. ENSURE ALL TEACHERS & STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO STEM

All students deserve excellent teachers.  Make a true impact in education by helping STEMteachersNYC reach underserved schools across the region. Teachers need quality professional development opportunities so they can learn strategies to better reach and support the increasingly complex skills our students need to succeed in the 21st century. Your tax deductible donation helps keep our workshops affordable and accessible to all teachers.

4. WOMEN IN SCIENCE

With fewer women taking on careers in STEM, the gender gap continues to widen. We believe teachers are the key to inspiring young women to consider a future career in STEM. With your support help empower the next generation by supporting teachers in the field today.

5. TEACHER-LED PD + A COMMUNITY OF STEM TEACHERS

STEMteachersNYC believes every STEM teacher deserves access to affordable, relevant and high quality professional development. And that teachers working with other teachers is the best strategy to accomplish this. For nearly 10 years they’ve provided classroom-ready resources and support to teachers who need it most. Help us continue these efforts, and an expanded vision of STEM education for all students and teachers.

Advocacy Resources for Teacher-Led PD

Are you an advocate for teacher-led professional learning? We sure are, and so is our partner 100Kin10. They’ve identified teacher collaboration as a key strategy for success in STEM. Yet, in a recent teacher survey 69% of respondents reported that their principals prioritize little to no time for peer-to-peer learning. Is this happening at your school? Take a look at some of these helpful articles that you can share with your admin or principal:

Resources for Culturally Responsive STEM

There are so many great resources out there, and we’re starting to gather great ideas from all of you! We recommend checking out the Culturally Responsive Teaching Presentation from our Fall workshop led by Alisha Ragan and Paul Chin, and some of these recommendations:

BOOKS

  • An Inquiry into Science Education, Where the Rubber Meets the Roadby Richard Steinberg
  • The Truth About Testing: An Educator’s Call to Action by James Popham
  • Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom by E. Cohen and R. Lotan
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond

TEACHING TOOLS

ARTICLES

Please show your support with a gift of $25 or $50. All donations go directly to member programs, and are tax-deductible.

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