The Center for STEM Education and Innovation supports the national effort to prepare more students for educational and career success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by focusing on:
- Meeting the diverse needs of all students—especially those from underrepresented groups, including women, minorities and English language learners, students with disabilities, and struggling and disengaged learners.
- Using technology, evidence, information, and innovative practice to support continuous improvement and accountability.
- Improving teaching and providing students at all education levels with 21st century skills needed to thrive in the global economy.
The Center's efforts are strengthened by public-private partnerships among educators, policymakers, and grant makers.
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A recent report from AIR's Center for STEM Education & Innovation found that financing a Ph.D. in the sciences results in high levels of debt, particularly for underrepresented minorities.
AIR conducted a review of key literature in 2011–12 exploring the measurement of teacher practice and student learning in arts-integrated settings through a project funded by the Department of Education and offered by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
This report, produced by AIR with consultation from the Institute for Higher Education Policy, details the key issues to consider and steps we should take to improve our position in STEM innovation. It includes six critical policy questions, along with an open letter to the nation on broadening perceptions in order to broaden participation.
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