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Initiatives

Current Initiatives

Urban STEM Education

CeMaST is partnering with Illinois State University's College of Education and Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline (CTEP), which have been awarded a $10 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education to expand teacher education programs in urban, high-need communities in Chicago and urban districts in Central Illinois.

Integrated STEM Education

NAE Report CoverThe National Academy of Engineering has released its report, "STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research."

CeMaST was one of only 12 groups nationwide that were invited to participate in the development of the report.

Read more below about the ways CeMaST is shaping the field of integrated STEM education through the Illinois Pathway Learning Exchanges, the CeMaST developed K-12 STEM Curricula, and the variety of grant-funded programs offered statewide to teachers.

What is Integrated STEM Education?

Illinois Pathways Energy Learning Exchange

Illinois State University is pleased to be named the lead entity for the Illinois Pathways Energy Learning Exchange. Illinois Pathways, funded through Race to the Top, is a new and innovative State of Illinois-led STEM education initiative designed to support college and career readiness for all students.

Illinois Pathways Research and Development Learning Exchange

The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition is lead entity for the Illinois Pathways Research and Development Learning Exchange. Illinois State University and CeMaST are pleased to be a partner on the R&D Learning Exchange, to have Dr. Hunter serve on the Steering Committee and to support students in engaging in research and development projects. Illinois Pathways, funded through Race to the Top, is a new and innovative State of Illinois-led STEM education initiative designed to support college and career readiness for all students.

K-12 STEM Curricula

These curriculum materials allow students to conduct inquiry-based activities as they explore and apply concepts, leading to a greater understanding. Many of the curricula are the result of several years of work by scores of educators with nation-wide field testing and assessment.

Grant-Funded Programs

CeMaST is continually seeking support from funding agencies to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers.

Public Outreach

CeMaST facilitates a number of outreach programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. These projects for students, faculty, and the general public are aimed at encouraging participation in STEM activities and careers and in raising the profile of Illinois State University as a STEM oriented university. CeMaST hosts a number of Illinois State Alumni events for those in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Research and Publications

CeMaST adds to the body of research and knowledge on campus through the scholarly productivity of the Director, Associate Directors and Assistant Directors, and CeMaST Fellows, and collaborations with other ISU faculty members. CeMaST also supports journal editors on campus with logistical, technical editing, and management abilities for running their journals. CeMaST also offers information about STEM resources on campus, as well as funding agencies and organizations. CeMaST also compiles data on teacher education and its impact both statewide and nationally.

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