Closing the STEM skills gap in St. Louis

STEM TQ facilitator Leon Sharpe (center) listens to Ameren renewable energy expert Patrick Justis explain the science behind electric vehicles.

If the St. Louis region is to close the gap between what its workers know, and what its businesses need, it must play the long game. That’s why St. Louis’ leading employers, school districts and Washington University in St. Louis united to form STEMpact, an organization dedicated to improving science, technology, engineering and math education […]

Mastering biology education in the high school classroom

There comes a time for many individuals when returning to school becomes a natural next step on a career path. However for teachers, the high demands of the school year and their unique work schedule can make finding the right program difficult. For Nhan Pham, a biology teacher at St. Louis University High School, the […]

Evolution educators get skills, confidence at WashU’s Darwin Day​​​

The first time a parent told Elizabeth Petersen not to teach evolution, she caved. No, she did not skip Charles Darwin’s concept altogether. But she avoided the “E word,” opting instead for phrases such as “natural selection” and “adaptation.” “That parent intimidated me,” said Petersen, who taught seventh grade science. “I was so shocked, I […]

ISP joins national network to grow STEM teaching force

The Institute for School Partnership (ISP) at Washington University in St. Louis commits to advancing the goals of recruiting, preparing, and retaining 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021. New York, New York, February, 2016 —100Kin10, a national network coordinating and accelerating efforts to bring 100,000 new excellent science, technology, engineering, and […]

Bringing arts to K-12 community

On the morning of December 4th, students from schools across St. Louis filed into the Edison Theater at Washington University in St. Louis to see Washington University Dance Theatre: Shadows & Light. This is not the first time local schools have been invited to see the work of WashU’s Performing Arts Department (PAD). In fact, the […]

A presidential pursuit

Pencils scribble furiously as teacher Kathleen Dwyer asks for smiles of confidence once each student has finished solving the problem. Once each face is grinning ear-to-ear, Dwyer announces the correct answer to her students with the energy and enthusiasm of a sportscaster. However, the members of today’s class look a little bit different than her normal audience […]

Continuing education: for the love of learning

For three weeks this summer, 18 teachers from across the country came to Washington University in St. Louis to take the next step on the path towards excellence in teaching. The Institute for School Partnership (ISP) at Wash U offers teachers a specialized Master’s in Biology that caters specifically to the needs of educators. The participants […]

STEMpact program equips educators to foster love of science in students

(July 23, 2015 by Rebecca Rivas, The St. Louis American. Photo by Wiley Price)Scientists at Sigma-Aldrich, a chemical-supply company in Midtown St. Louis, turned down the lights in a classroom-size laboratory, where about 50 K-8 school teachers stood around lab tables wearing white coats. When the scientists combined two chemicals, the mixture glowed a magical […]

Working overtime for student success

Long after the school bell rings, announcing the start of summer break, teachers in St. Louis continue to make a difference in the lives of students. This year at Washington University’s College Prep program, teacher leaders stepped up to invest in the lives of area high school students. The College Prep program brings high-achieving high […]

Educators lead the way in STEM

For the fourth year, a select group of St. Louis-area and Metro East educators will spend two weeks learning how to enhance their teaching in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). “The goal is not just to raise test scores but to foster and grow a lifelong interest in the fields, thereby establishing […]