Southern California Program

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
$200,000
June 2014

American high schools and colleges are failing to provide the quality and quantity of graduates needed to meet the nation’s current and future STEM needs.  This situation is not surprising, given how little science is emphasized and how poorly it is taught at the elementary school level.  In response to this challenge, the Loyola Marymount University School of Education (SOE) is redesigning its preservice teacher preparation program to equip elementary school teachers to be effective STEM educators.  Led by SOE’s Center for Math and Science Teaching, a new yearlong sequence of theory and methods courses will be co-designed and co-taught with teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Playa Vista Elementary School (PVES), a demonstration site that cultivates innovative teaching strategies to produce STEM literate students.  A Foundation grant will support the development and testing of K-5 curricular revisions with PVES teachers in year one, testing the new courses with 40 of LMU’s pre-service teacher candidates in year one and with an additional 20 pre-service teacher candidates each successive year, and a one-week institute in summer 2016 for 20 LAUSD teacher leaders pulled from three other demonstration school sites: Wright Middle School STEAM Magnet, Ambassador School of Global Education, and WISH Charter Elementary School.

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