TIES awarded grant to oversee advancement of STEM schools in Egypt
Jan Morrison, President and CEO of The Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES), announced today that TIES has been awarded a grant to oversee the curriculum and systems design of STEM schools in Egypt. TIES will be working under the Education Consortium for the Advancement of STEM in Egypt project (ECASE) a four-year, $25 million USAID funded project implemented in partnership with World Learning, The Franklin Institute (TFI), and 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education (21PSTEM). In this role TIES will continue their work currently underway throughout the United States working with government entities and school districts to engineer schools that engage children in real world problem solving through project based learning (PBL) steeped in the disciplines of Science Technology Engineering and Math.
“We are delighted to support the expansion of STEM education in Egypt.” stated Ms. Morrison. “The language of STEM transcends boundaries and engaged STEM-literate students will ensure a future of global citizens motivated to solve the grand challenges of our world.”
In the US TIES is currently working with numerous states and boards of education in the creation of new STEM schools as well as the transformation of existing schools into STEM academies. Additionally, TIES is deeply involved in the shaping of education and workforce development policy initiatives and acts as an advisor on STEM education to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), The Clinton Global Initiative-Americas (CGI), The Carnegie Foundation of NY and the Fab Foundation of MIT among others.
In the first 12 months of work in Egypt ECASE will work collaboratively with the Ministry of Education to create 3 STEM schools throughout Egypt. This work will entail creating curriculum, school cultures, policies and procedures, professional development, teacher and administrator training, talent recruitment and student admissions. Over the four-year contract ECASE has plans for the completion of up to 5 STEM schools in key regions throughout the country while increasing the capacity of Ministry of Education to scale up the model in the future.
USAID-Egypt and ECASE see STEM education as a foundational tool for global economic development and increased collaboration and cooperation among and between all nations. The burgeoning global STEM education community is already working in informal global networks and the ECASE initiative will ensure that the children of Egypt are an integral part of the worldwide STEM movement.