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Arizona STEM Grants Aim to Fuel Models for Effective Teaching

A small set of Arizona schools and districts will receive nearly $2 million in grants to implement STEM programs and activities, with an eye toward identifying models of STEM teaching and learning that can be "sustained, measured, and replicated" throughout the state, according to a press release issued earlier this week.

The grant initiative is a joint venture of the Science Foundation Arizona and the Helios Education Foundation. In all, seven sites will get $1.85 million in financial and technical support for their work over the next three years. The pilot sites were selected from a statewide pool of 57 applicants. One priority of the effort is to ensure the STEM programs align with the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as the common-core standards, the press release says.

"The STEM education models that will be developed through the pilot will help us catalyze change in our education system to improve the state's long-term global competitiveness," said William Harris, the president and CEO of the Science Foundation Arizona.

The pilot program is part of the Arizona STEM Network, which is led by the science foundation and was launched last year in response to a call from Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. I recently wrote about the Arizona network, as well as many of the other recently developed statewide STEM networks. In addition, Education Week hosted a webinar on these STEM networks this week.

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