NCTAF Receives Grant from Boeing to Implement Innovative STEM Teaching Initiative

Posted by on November 13, 2012 in Announcements, Featured | 0 comments


November 13, 2012 — Washington, DC — The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) has been awarded a $95,000, two-year grant from The Boeing Company for its STEM Learning Studios initiative. The initiative is designed to increase the pipeline of young people pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Learning Studios are project-based learning environments in which teachers within the same school work in interdisciplinary, cross-curricular teams.  Together with professional scientists and engineers, including those from Boeing, teachers from different content areas develop and implement year-long investigative projects. This can include identifying real world issues and creating a plan to solve them.

This Thursday, November 15th, NCTAF is hosting a summit to engage the Maryland business community in improving STEM education and the next generation workforce.  Representatives from The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Maryland Department of Education, and the school districts of Howard, Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore Counties will be participating.

Boeing’s grant will support the collection of student impact data from the Learning Studios in Maryland’s Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.  It also will allow teachers and students in Anne Arundel County to continue to facilitate projects that are aligned with the STEM fields of study that are critical to the future workforce of companies like Boeing.

“We are eager to pinpoint the impact of Learning Studios on student achievement, particularly in the areas of development of 21st Century skills, student motivation and engagement, and the effect that participation has on students’ future course selection and career aspirations,” said Elizabeth Foster, NCTAF’s Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives.  “Boeing has been a wonderful supporter and partner of the Learning Studios, and we are immensely grateful for their continued dedication to the initiative.”

“Boeing has supported NCTAF and the STEM Learning Studios over this past year as part of a broader initiative to strengthen STEM education in the U.S., and we are pleased to expand our commitment to Maryland students and teachers,” said Tom Bartlett, Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship community investor for the Potomac Region. “As a company reliant on a growing high-skill workforce, we view this grant as an investment not only in our own company’s future, but in the next generation of leaders and innovators who will shape the future of aerospace and the U.S. as a technology leader.”

First piloted in 2009, STEM Learning Studios are now thriving in 30 schools in Maryland and 5 schools in New Hampshire. Recently the Learning Studios were awarded a $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to document and evaluate impact.  From the beginning of the project, NCTAF has contracted with WestEd, an independent evaluation team, to assess program effectiveness and to guide expansion of the project.

“NCTAF STEM Learning Studios are creating the schools we need to prepare students to be successful, innovative entrepreneurial thinkers, able to compete in the global economy,” said Tom Carroll, President of NCTAF. “Students have access to rich STEM coursework and pathways to college and career success, while teachers have access to dynamic professional development and collaborative, job-embedded professional learning.”

The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) was founded in 1994 to ensure that every child has access to quality teaching in schools organized for success. In partnership with national, state, and local education agencies, NCTAF develops prototypes for innovative teacher preparation, collaborative teaching teams, and strategies to leverage community engagement, sharing the impact of these programs with those who influence education legislation and policy.

Grounded by 15 years of research about quality teaching and the conditions that facilitate successful learning, NCTAF is helping to transform schools across the country into collaborative, connected environments. Preparing the next generation of learners is a demanding job that no teacher should be expected to tackle alone. In a culture of collaboration and continuous professional development, teachers become more engaged in professionally rewarding careers and are able to more effectively educate our mobile and digitally-connected learners.

The Boeing Company is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing is the prime contractor for the International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing has customers in more than 140 countries around the world and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales. Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 170,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries. Total company revenues for 2011 were $68.7 billion. Locally, approximately 1,300 Boeing employees work at multiple locations throughout the state supporting defense and commercial customers.


Jessica Schwartz Hahn
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