The Mission of the Texas STEM Coalition is to work with educators to ultimately prepare all Texas students to thrive in the 21st Century global economy by leveraging its extensive network of expertise, partnerships, resources and experience to:
- transform teaching and learning,
- promote the implementation of innovative, research- and standards-based STEM practices that align with College and Career Readiness objectives, and
- facilitate its dissemination through an effective state-wide alliance.
To download a roster of the 7 STEM centers and contact information, CLICK HERE.
The Texas STEM Centers were created with a multi-faceted focus including disseminating proven STEM practices across the state, supporting the Texas STEM Academies and the State math and science initiatives, developing pathways to increase the number of available quality STEM teachers, creating STEM professional development and curriculum, and researching practices in the field. In order to effectively accomplish these initiatives, the 7 centers need to function as a "single" statewide center with multiple locations and entry points to develop a coordinated approach. When STEM Centers were originally created, they were based on a competitive business model. The time has come to create a common governance to promote and support cooperation and collaboration to address the growing STEM needs across the state.
Funding - The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has utilized funds from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title II, Part B, Math & Science Partnerships to support the T-STEM Initiative in Texas. During the 2010-11 legislative biennium, $20,000,000 was allocated to the program. More information on the T-STEM initiative is found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index3.aspx?id=4470.