One of the main sources of employment and economic growth in the United States includes jobs that require skills and expertise in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), yet too few American students pursue expertise in these fields. STEM education has therefore become one of the focus points in the effort to maintain global leadership and competitive position.
In order for American universities to produce the required quantity of graduates in the STEM fields to meet the present and future demand, the process of instilling an interest and developing the right attitudes and skills necessary for success in these fields must begin at an early age. According to the National Math & Science Initiative, 69% of American high-school graduates are not ready for college-level science and 54% are not ready for college-level math. One of the reasons behind these statistics is the dearth of trained K-12 teachers tasked with preparing students for success in college.
To address this particular challenge, Excelsior College has partnered with Tata Interactive Systems and Questar III BOCES to develop a series of courses focused on best practices in teaching mathematics to students in grades K-8. To know more, click here: http://www.tatainteractive.com/whitepapers.html
This joint initiative of Excelsior College, Tata Interactive Systems, and Questar III BOCES, earned a Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Learning silver medal honors in the Best Advance in Custom Content category, which recognizes self-paced, custom-designed online courses targeted to address specific workplace learning needs.