K-12 Educators

Equal access to high quality education starts with teachers. In order to provide opportunities to students across all backgrounds, we must first equip and empower educators. The Institute for School Partnership provides a range of instructional supports and professional development opportunities specifically designed to meet the most pressing needs of teachers.


K-12 Connections connects WashU students, staff and faculty members with volunteer opportunities in school districts in the St. Louis area. Also through K-12 Connections, local teachers can make requests, and the university can match up the people and resources to get the job done. K-12 Connections.

  • This hybrid master’s degree program is designed specifically with teachers in mind. Over two years, teachers from across the country can collaborate online in this cohort-style program, as well as work side-by-side with each other and world-renown WashU faculty during a three-week summer intensive. MS in Biology for Educators
  • Exemplary performance from every student begins with exemplary preparation for every teacher. The STEMpact Teacher Quality Institute is a comprehensive professional development program focused on “stemitizing” curriculum. The year-long program helps teachers increase their STEM knowledge, learn how to implement an integrated STEM curriculum and enable STEM capable learners. STEMpact Teacher Quality Institute
  • The ISP works with faculty and local teacher leaders to offer free professional development workshops for science teachers in emerging areas of research. Materials are available for hands-on investigations. Hot Topics Workshops


Our lessons and investigations are designed to bring the excitement of hands-on learning to the K-12 classroom. Teams of master teachers and Washington University researchers develop, troubleshoot and field test each unit.

STEM materials and Equipment LEnding Service:

The ISP  supplies teachers with classroom-ready science materials and equipment. Check out our lending materials and borrow some free STEM resources for your classroom. STEM Lending Services

Evolution Education:

The teaching of evolution typically lacks tools and resources. Recognizing this challenge, the ISP offers a variety of efforts to motivate teachers to increase their coverage of evolution. Evolution Education

climate change Education:

If you’re interested in environmental and energy issues, and looking for thoughtful conversation, you should join the Blue Skies Discussion group. Sponsored by the ISP, the group is made up of K-12 science educators. Climate Change Education

Leadership Development: