STEMD² R&D GroupSTEM FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – known collectively as STEM – are not just critical to economic growth and national competitiveness, they are essential to solving the world’s most pressing problems. STEMD² goup aims at advancing knowledge, transforming practice, and building capacity to broaden participation and achievement of students underrepresented in STEM degree programs and in the workforce.STEMD² Learning PlatformSTEMD² Bootcamps
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Explore, Experiment, Execute.
Our unique location in Hawai`i allows us to innovate, test, and disseminate research-based practices to support STEM education in diverse populations.
Inclusive STEM Education
We strive to promote and transform STEM education for diverse student populations – with the ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap for underrepresented learners.
We develop programs and materials that are culturally responsive to Hawaii’s unique diversity – using research-based practices to support ongoing STEM education efforts across the state.
Social Learning Strategies
We believe technology integration in education plays a fundamental role in better connecting schools beyond the classroom and encourages learning in an online collaborative environment.
How We Can Help You
STEMD² Book Series
A collection of student activity books and teacher guides with real-world contextual STEM problems. Now available: 8th-grade mathematics.
STEMD² PD Series
Teacher training programs for implementing inclusive and socio-culturally responsive pedegogies for STEM subjects in Hawai’i schools
STEMD² Learning Platform
A social learning platform to help students network and collaborate with other students for contextual problem solving across subjects.
STEMD² + Computer Science
Offering computer science and programing boot camps for both in collaboration with Manoa RED Lab. Topics include coding, Internet of Things, and web development.
STEMD² + Communication
Helping teachers and students develop communication skills, including science writing, creative writing, and multimedia design.
STEMD² + Entrepreneurship
STEMD² Mentorship Program
We provide STEM mentorship for middle school students who are eager to learn more about the field and wish to gain hands-on experiences. Under the guidance of STEM mentors -prime instructors from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, students are able to explore and take part in various STEM research projects. Throughout the STEM Mentorship, students will not only gain invaluable experience and knowledge but also develop life skills and a better understanding of themselves. If you or a student you know are interested in participating in our STEM Mentorship program, please make sure to fill out and submit the form below.
What We Develop.
- Inclusive Curricula
- Professional Development
- Social Learning Platfrom
- Instructional Coaching
- SPED Support
AWe develop activities that model real-world problems to foster collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills that prepare students not only for standardized tests but for meeting challenges in STEM-related fields. We offer rigorous educational activities designed to increase student engagement and demonstrate how STEM concepts are intertwined in students’ own lives and potential future careers.
We deliver real-world expertise, best practices, and evidence-based solutions through a variety of programs, including in-person and on-site sessions, online courses, webinars, blended learning models, and custom consultations. Our professional development services focus on various topics such as Inclusive Pedagogy, Universal Design for Learning, and Contextual Problem-based Learning.
The STEMD² approach focuses on cooperative and collaborative learning fueled by human connection and enabled by technology. Our specialists offer a variety of digital tools, strategies, and technical support to broaden participation to underrepresented students in STEM and to increase student engagement. We assist schools and districts in developing the knowledge and skills to utilize these social learning platforms in conjuction with exisiting and new curricula.
We partner with schools and districts to improve teaching and learning by encouraging lasting changes in organizational culture. Our technical support and long-term instructional coaching services provide leadership teams and teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve and sustain high-quality student-centered instruction.
We provide a variety of technical support, research and development, and evaluation services to improve equitable STEM education for diverse learners. We help schools to keep their special education programs on track and achieve the desired outcomes by establishing a network of special education experts and community stakeholders.
Who We Are.
STEMD² + SL Lead
STEMD² + E Lead
STEMD² + Com Lead
STEMD² PD Lead
STEMD² Content Lead
STEMD² + CS Lead
Kelly Roberts, Project Director
Kiriko Takahashi, Project Director
Hye-Jin Park, Project Director
Greg Harris, Implementation Specialist
Tsun Jaeryn Chu, ICT Specialist
Misa Maruyama, ICT Specialist
Michal Hron, Design Specialist
Lauren Ho, Content Specialist
Remy Pages, Assessment Specialist
Milena Ordonez, Design Specialist
Maile Evans, Design Specialist
Pat Morrissey, Director, CDS
JoAnn Yuen, Associate Director, CDS
Ruth Silberstein, Complex Area Superintendent
Steve Sue, President, Bizgenics Foundation,
Katy Parsons, Math Teachers & Education Specialist
Crystal Yoo, Math Teachers & Education Specialist
Kelli Ching, Math Teachers & Education Specialist
Cody Kikuta, School Renewal Specialist
Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘O Ānuenue
Nanakuli High and Intermediate School
Kalakaua Middle School
Aiea Intermediate School
Jarrett Middle School
Central Middle School
Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate School
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