- Executive Office of Education
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Availablity of $750,000 in Grants to Develop STEM High Quality Career Pathways for Students
Colleen Quinn, Communications Director, Executive Office of Education
WORCESTER — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the availability of $1 million in grant funding to schools that wish to adopt or expand Project Lead the Way curriculum, which is focused on applied learning in STEM subjects in grades K-12.
The One8 Foundation, a Massachusetts-based philanthropy focused on educational excellence for all students, will provide more than $250,000 to boost the total funds available to schools. The grant, known as the STEM High-Quality Career Pathway Capacity Grant, will support teacher professional development and provide instructional technology and other related equipment.
This is the third time the Baker-Polito Administration offered STEM High-Quality Career Pathway Capacity Grant funding for schools, in conjunction with the One8 Foundation. In the last two years, more than $2 million has been awarded to 74 schools across the Commonwealth to expand computer science, biomedical science, and engineering education for students in grades K-12.
“We are very pleased to be able to provide more opportunities for students to participate in high quality project-based learning in STEM subjects that will prepare them for future success,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “These grant opportunities give teachers the professional development and tools they need to prepare students with the best possible education in fields that are thriving throughout the Commonwealth’s innovation economy.”
“Grant opportunities like these help give schools tools and training to increase access to important STEM programs like computer science and engineering,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said. “Every young person in Massachusetts deserves a chance to experience STEM opportunities and get exposure to growing cutting-edge industries like biotech, clean energy, information technology, and advanced manufacturing.”
“STEM High-Quality Career Pathway Capacity Grants help provide teachers with the resources they need to engage students, teach technical skills and problem-solving in STEM subjects,” Education Secretary James Peyser said. “We are very pleased we will be able to award an additional $1 million to schools this year, in conjunction with the One8 Foundation.”
The STEM High-Quality Career Pathway Capacity Grant is overseen by the Executive Office of Education in conjunction with the STEM Advisory Council and the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet. The STEM Advisory Council serves as the coordinating entity, bringing together participants from state agencies, the Legislature, and members of the public and private sectors involved in STEM education planning and programming.
Project Lead The Way curricula supports applied learning science, technology, engineering, digital literacy and computer science, and will provide intensive professional development for teachers.
“We are honored to work alongside the Baker-Polito Administration and the One8 Foundation to ensure students in Massachusetts have access to high-quality career learning experiences,” Project Lead The Way President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram said. “Through PLTW programs, students in grades K-12 will explore STEM careers and develop the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills they need to succeed, on any career path they choose.”
Worcester Polytechnic Institute acts as the professional development partner of Project Lead The Way in Massachusetts. Mass STEM Hub will work in partnership with Project Lead The Way and WPI to provide additional implementation support to schools.
Schools can apply for the grants by visiting Project Lead The Way website: https://www.pltw.org/our-partners/college-and-university-partners/massachusetts
About the STEM Advisory Council
The vision of the STEM Advisory Council is to ensure all students in the Commonwealth receive comprehensive STEM education from highly-qualified educators so they are better informed and prepared to pursue post-secondary degrees or careers in these areas. Members of the Council include individuals from academia, business, government and non-profits who are well-positioned to provide elevated awareness to the benefits of a STEM literate and skilled citizenry able to fill the ranks of the 21st Century workforce. Building on earlier initiatives, the Governor’s Advisory Council on STEM is now authorized by Section 218 of Chapter 6 of Massachusetts General Law. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.edu/stem/home.asp