STEMD² R&D GroupSTEM EDUCATION FOR DIVERSE AND DISADVANTAGED 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 group 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.
PD Hours Provided
A New Take on Inclusive Education
We provide a variety of technical support, research and development, and evaluation services to improve equitable STEM education for diverse learners in California, Hawaiʻi, and Arizona. We help schools to keep their inclusive education initiatives on track and achieve the desired outcomes by offering Inclusive Curricula and Social Learning Platforms for students, and Professional Development and Instructional Coaching for Teachers.
We 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.
Social Learning Platform
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 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 Authentic Social Learning, Inclusive Pedagogy, Universal Design for Learning etc.
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.
How We Can Help You
STEMD² Book Series
We offer a collection of mathematics curricula including teacher guides and student activity books with real-world problems. Now available for grades six, severn and eight. These curricula have been designed baed on our evidence-based Authentic Social Learning Model.
STEMD² PD Series
We offer teacher Professional Development series on inclusive teaching and authentic social learning. Our handbook, Authentic Social Learning: Diversity, Inclusion and Equality in Action, summarizes our key teaching strategies in promoting diverse learners’ engagement and learning outcomes.
STEMD² + Social Learning Platforms
STEMD² + Entrepreneurship
We support students to become entrepreneurs in STEM fields through real-world experiences in collaboration with SDSU Digital Innovation Lab and Bizgenics Foundation.