Supporting STEM Teachers in the Philadelphia Region

PRISE builds on ten years of partnership among ten institutions of higher education in the greater Philadelphia region Arcadia University, Bryn Mawr/Haverford Colleges, Community College of Philadelphia, Drexel University, La Salle University, Saint Joseph’s University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University and West Chester University as well as regional STEM stakeholders including The Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF) and the School District of Philadelphia. This partnership grew out of common efforts to implement the National Science Foundation Noyce Scholarship program. We recognized that we could do more together than we could do individually to ensure equitable, high quality STEM teaching in the Philadelphia region.  All students in the Philadelphia region should have equitable access to high-quality STEM instruction. Supporting both the recruitment, retention and ongoing development of diverse and highly effective teachers is a critical element of supporting STEM education in the region.

USTRIVE is Recruiting for Fall 2023!

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PRISE Annual STEM Educator Conference  October 28, 2023

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STEM Teachers Attending Events since 2011

Induction Program Participants since 2015

STEM Educator Events Hosted or Sponsored

Millions $ awarded in collaborative grants to support STEM Teachers

Spotlight on Scholars

Featured Scholar – Tasnim Aziz

Tasnim Aziz is a Philly science educator, Bryn Mawr College Biology Department and Education Program alum, UPenn Master of Environmental Studies alum, and a Ph.D. in Science Education candidate at Columbia University. As an educator, Tasnim is passionate about nurturing and enhancing her students’ inherent superpowers. Tasnim frequently engages her students in dialogue about relevant social issues impacting their lives while supporting them in taking action to address the issues through STEM and digital activism. Her dedication towards supporting high school students in making meaningful connections with STEM and the environment led Tasnim to be spotlighted on The Grid Magazine as a Penn MES alum in the community. The U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, Marcia Bernicat, even invited Tasnim, a first-generation American of Bangladeshi origin, to speak at the Global Educators Initiative for Sustainable Transformation in Bangladesh.
Tasnim recently contributed to Dr. Chris Emdin’s latest book, STEM, STEAM, Make, DREAM: Reimagining the Culture of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is a book that amplifies the voices of educators, innovators, and communities reimagining STEM, STEM education, and the culture of STEM. In the book, we provide practical guides for educators to nurture creativity, spark joy, and promote perseverance while honoring culture, increasing equity, and encouraging curiosity. Tasnim has a growing interest in decolonizing STEM education and often curates content on Instagram (@tcplaneteer) to center the voices of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) who are taking control of their narrative in STEM and addressing the climate crisis. Tasnim‘s research focuses on exploring how the youth leverage the powers from their respective identities and positionalities to take action for environmental justice.
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