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.

PRISE STEM Educator Career Exploration Fair – March 26, 2022 was a great success!  Thanks to all the exhibitors and PRISE partners who made our first Career Exploration Fair a wonderful day!

Please visit our Explore STEM Teaching page for more information about the PRISE STEM Educator Career Exploration Fair and learn how YOU can become a STEM educator!

Find Out About Equity in STEM Speaker Series!

PRISE Statement on systemic racism in the United States

and violence against Asian Americans

The Philadelphia Regional Institute for STEM Educators stands with and supports the Asian-American community. We decry the increasing hate and violence against Asian Americans here in Philadelphia and across  the United States, including the recent murders in Atlanta.   Our best hope as a country is that all people in America will experience safety, peace and the absence of fear as we live and work together.  As an organization focused on developing and supporting excellence in teachers, we will continue to strive in our efforts to promote culturally relevant teaching in which the differences of people and the rich cultures that make up the uniqueness of our country are valued.

We condemn the murders of Daunte Wright, Walter Wallace, Jr, and George Floyd and stand against the institutional and systemic racism in our country of which their murders are only the latest example. We recognize the immeasurable pain and loss that these tragedies have caused. As an organization emanating from the mission of the National Science Foundation Noyce Program to serve students in high-need schools, we are committed to supporting excellence in STEM teacher education for the benefit of all children. We value the communities in which our students live and are committed to working with other like-minded organizations to support students, families and educators in bringing about the positive social change that we want to see in the world.

In August, we started our own internal exploration of racism in our midst through facilitated Conversations on Racism.  We have affirmed our commitment to culturally relevant teaching and education for sustainability as it relates to social justice in our society and communities and have taken actions to ensure that future programs that we run will have equity and social justice as their foundation.   We will be providing opportunities for STEM educators to convene and share their thoughts for next steps as we thoughtfully consider additional actions we can take as an organization.  

For those looking for information on making positive change, we have compiled a Resource List  to which we welcome additional input from others.  You can find it here

Below are a few highlights from that list: 

COVID Response:   Some programs listed on our Events Calendar are in-person, virtual events or take place outside.  Please be in touch with the specific program to find out their current schedule.  We want to encourage everyone to wear masks, wash hands frequently and practice social distancing and to follow the guidance of the CDC and the State of Pennsylvania. Stay safe and well and remember to think about the safety and wellness of others.


Looking for some stimulating learning experiences? Click for STEM Adventure! Learn more….


Noyce Scholar Network

Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much. Helen Keller  Get connected to other NOYCE scholars. Learn More

Teacher Resources

Looking for ideas for lessons?  Where to get materials or apply for loans for you project-based learning?  Read more….

Professional Development

PRNP hosts and sponsors a variety of professional development events for STEM teachers. Learn More

Explore STEM Teaching!

More than ever, we need excellent STEM teachers!  Find out why we need them, what it takes to be one and pathways to getting there.  Read more…..

Donate to Support STEM Teachers

PRISE welcomes financial support, donations large and small, to help develop, implement and sustain best practice programs for teachers. Read more….

Look No Further for Support. Get Started Today

PRISE News & Events 

PRNP is changing its name and that’s not all!

The Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership (PRNP) is now the Philadelphia Regional Institute for STEM Educators at Saint Joseph’s University (PRISE)!  How did that happen?  What does that mean?  Is PRISE still here for STEM Teachers?  We are sure that you have a lot of questions and we are happy to try and respond to them.  Let’s start with some basics: 10 years ago, 6 of institutions of higher education in the Philadelphia region (Bryn Mawr/Haverford, Drexel, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Penn) banded together because all of them had received Noyce Scholarship grants from the National Science Foundation. They believed that they could serve STEM teachers best by “doing together what they could not do alone.”  This became the motto of the Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership.  After working together for ten years and expanding their numbers to 10 institutions of higher education (now including Arcadia, CCP, Villanova, and West Chester), what was a belief to start with, proved a reality in fact. Together, we have provided countless opportunities for professional development and teacher leadership, recruited over 200 STEM teachers and supported more than 60 new teachers as they began their teaching journey.  Working together, the partner schools have garnered over $3 million in NSF awards!   It became apparent that this partnership was working and needed to become a more permanent organization.  Thus….Philadelphia Regional Institute for STEM Educators (PRISE) came into being!  About two years ago, we began discussing our transition to an Institute with various partners.  In the end, Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) has become our very welcoming host and we are in the process of figuring out with SJU how we function as an institute and what we need to do to transition from PRNP to PRISE.   

We will keep you updated on how we progress and what’s new at PRISE.  We expect that our relationship with SJU will afford us increased opportunities to serve and support STEM teachers.  So stay tuned!

Visit our Resources /Lesson Links section to find a link to our Goggle Docs Resource Folder where we have uploaded lessons and resources developed by the Education for Sustainability-Philly Teachers.  

Program Reach

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.
Skip to toolbar