Enduring STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) achievement, access, and literacy gaps disproportionately limit low income, under-resourced, and minority student opportunities. STEM professionals, when thoroughly prepared, are uniquely positioned to meaningfully utilize their talent and real-world expertise as EnCorps STEM Teachers to deliver an authentic, rigorous, and relevant STEM education to the students who need it most. The EnCorps STEM Teachers Program recruits, selects, develops and supports the best and brightest STEM professionals and military veterans, as an innovative, long-term solution to the shortage of high quality, impactful educators for under-resourced students in high need communities.
Education, Training, Research (ETR) is a non-profit organization in California with a multidisciplinary staff of educators, trainers, program developers, publication and distribution experts, and social scientists. Our primary focus areas are Diversity in IT and Sexual and Reproductive Health. We generate original research and do research syntheses and translations to inform efforts to increase diversity and learning in K-12, higher education, and the tech workforce. We also build research and evaluation partnerships with schools, community-based programs, colleges, and tech companies to build their capacity to recruit and retain underrepresented populations, and to increase their impact.
Jill Denner, PhD
Exploring Computer Science, UCLA & University of Oregon
Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is a comprehensive, year-long introductory high school course created in 2008 to increase opportunities for girls and students of color to learn computer science. Developed with NSF support from the “Broadening Participation in Computing” program, the ECS program provides schools with an inquiry-based, culturally-responsive curriculum and an accompanying teacher professional development program. ECS has grown into a nationwide program and is currently offered across multiple states and in the largest school districts in the nation. This course was developed in response to scholarship outlined in Stuck in the Shallow End, and ECS classrooms serve as an important site for ECS researchers to investigate the educational ecosystem necessary for supporting learners in computer science classrooms, especially in underserved schools and communities.