STEM program at UH aims to transform teachers, connect students to science via culture

The University of Houston launched the innovative master’s program to transform “racially, culturally and linguistically diverse” secondary teachers into leaders in Houston school districts where the demand for science, technology, engineering and math education is high, and the student population is diverse, and often, underrepresented.

The 14-month program, funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to equip 30 STEM teachers with professional development and instructional coaching. They in turn will share learned techniques and knowledge of public policy with colleagues as “teacher-leaders” and advocates for change on the local, state and national level, said Mariam Manuel, an instructional assistant professor at UH.

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