The mission of STEP is that every K12 student, regardless of socioeconomic status, race or gender, receives exemplary science instruction. In our view, exemplary STEM instruction is instruction that delivers conceptual science content while creating student success, developing critical thinking skills, and nurturing students’ natural curiosity in STEM fields.
To achieve our mission and leverage our impact on students, we provide high quality, large scale, science teacher professional development programs and resources. These programs focus on STEM content, research-based inquiry teaching strategies, and teacher leadership and mentoring. By using inquiry teaching methods, we promote teacher confidence, curiosity and appreciation of STEM teaching. We also contribute to the local, state and national knowledge base to address the national need for improved K12 science programs. Our ultimate aim is to create a community of teachers that will produce systemic change in K12 STEM education.
Research indicates that attitudes about STEM fields form at a young age, so teachers need to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion it takes to inspire a love of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
We know that STEM instruction needs to be hands-on and student driven. That means teachers need to know the content inside and out to allow students the freedom to ask questions and build understanding.
Training sessions focus on STEM content while modeling innovative instructional strategies. We offer sessions taught by UH faculty, industry professionals, and master teachers to promote a deep understanding of science content.
Our teachers are always challenging themselves to learn more and refine their teaching. Our program promotes ongoing reflection and continuous improvement throughout a career.