STEM 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.
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. 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.
About Ne’epapa Ka Hana (NKH)
Ne‘epapa Ka Hana (NKH) is a three-year project awarded by the Department of
Education, Native Hawaiian Education Act Program (Award # S362A140018).
It is a technology-enabled training model to improve inclusive mathematics pedagogy.
Forty percent of students nationally are falling behind in high school mathematics due to
poor preparation in 8th grade mathematics. Studies have shown that success at this level has a direct effect on students pursuing STEM education and has also been proven to be an excellent predictor of college entrance. For these reasons, our model aims at increasing engagement and achievement of 8th grade students in mathematics through improved attitudes and persistence, 21st century learning (deeper thinking allied with information and technology literacy), and confident mathematics proficiency.