PRISE builds on ten years of partnership among 11 institutions of higher education in the greater Philadelphia region as well as regional STEM education stakeholders including 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, West Chester University, The Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF) and the School District of Philadelphia.


PRISE believes that STEM education is a social justice endeavor. With equitable access to high-quality STEM instruction, all students in the Philadelphia region can become successful STEM learners. High-quality STEM instruction depends on a well-prepared STEM teacher workforce. PRISE is dedicated to the recruitment, retention and ongoing development of diverse and highly effective teachers.


  • 10 years of continuous partnership between Institutions of Higher Education
  • $2.2 million across five National Science Foundation grants
  • 270 STEM teacher scholarships granted through IHE partners
  • 1200+ pre-service and in-service STEM educators attending PRISE professional development events
  • 200+ STEM educator networking and professional development events
  • 768 higher education and STEM stakeholders in the PRISE network


  • Recruit Diverse STEM Educators

Build STEM teacher pathways for high school students, college students, and STEM graduates.

  • Retain Diverse STEM Educators

Provide professional support through mentoring, social networks, and leadership opportunities.

  • Develop Diverse STEM Educators

Sponsor speaker series, workshops and ongoing communities of practice for teacher professional development and growth.

To find out more about the PRISE, contact Victor Donnay, Executive Director, vdonnay@brynmawr.edu. 




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