100Kin10 Project Team: Developing and Supporting STEM Mindsets in Elementary Teachers (2020)

All students deserve access to excellent and equitable STEM teaching and learning so they reach their highest potential” (NMSI STEM Framework for Success). Studies show, however, that typical teacher preparation and STEM education for most teacher certification programs is low (Fulp, 2002). This leads to a lack of elementary teacher confidence and efficacy in teaching STEM content and curricula (Bleicher, 2006). According to the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education ( almost 900 elementary school teachers), 46 percent felt well prepared to teach early algebra (Malzahn, 2013), 40 percent felt very well prepared to teach science, and 4 percent felt very well prepared to teach engineering (Trygstad, 2013).  

The ”Developing and Supporting STEM Mindsets in Elementary Educators” project team researched and reported on proven best practices and instructional strategies to support PreK-5 teachers in confidently and effectively implementing STEM curricula. As a final product, a website was published to provide both formal and informal education institutions research-based tools and resources that summarize effective elementary STEM mindset professional development resources and pedagogies.

If you would like to contact the team, please reach out to: Sara Leikin (Director, Teaching and Learning Strategic Initiatives) and/or Sadie Norwick (Senior Manager of K-8 Programming).

This project addresses the foundational math catalyst, a 100Kin10 priority area. Learn more here