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Texas State University’s Research for EDucator Equity and Excellence (REDEE) Collaborative has received a $100,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will support research that explores issues associated with the Texas educator pipeline starting with admission into a Texas educator preparation program (EPP), success during the EPP, completion of the EPP, successful testing to become an educator, certification as an educator, employment as an educator, success in educating students, and ending with persistence as an educator. The over-arching goals of this study are (a) to increase the quality of future educators prepared by EPPs, (b) to reduce the loss of potential future educators and existing high-quality and effective educators, and (c) to increase the academic success of the P-12 students taught be these educators.
The Round Rock STEM-for-All Partnership is a public/private initiative that will combine a workforce research initiative with a well-integrated portfolio of STEM engagement and educator professional development opportunities for learners of all ages in the Texas 31st Congressional District. Research data will be collected and analyzed from area employers and education providers concerning current and future workforce needs to identify gaps and to promote collaborative planning to better meet local needs. The STEM engagement and educator professional development collaborative includes summer engineering camps for elementary students, STEM Internship Programs for secondary students, monthly STEM nights at area schools, summer engineering institutes for pre-service teachers from the Texas State Round Rock campus, Saturday teacher professional development sessions for K-12 teachers, a speaker series for the community, and STEM exhibits and interactive activities at area community events.
Congratulations to Drs. Taylor Acee (PI), Russ Hodges (Co-PI), Eric Paulson (Co-PI), and Jim Van Overschelde (Co-PI) for receiving a $315,837 grant on behalf of the Greater Texas Foundation.
NASA has approved a third year of support for the anticipated amount of $2.815 million dollars directed to research and STEM engagement work to be provided by the NASA STEM EPDC team. This continued NASA support is a testament to the great leadership management of the EPDC team we have provided since 2014 and to the research and best practices that we are now able to share with great impact.