STEM Learning Opportunities Providing Equity (SLOPE)
The STEM Learning Opportunities Providing Equity (SLOPE): An Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund Project.
The STEM Learning Opportunities Providing Equity i3 project is designed to help students succeed in Algebra in the 8th grade and prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
California middle school students and teachers demonstrate and describe how the SLOPE i3 approach has improved the way they teach and learn Algebra, and prepares students for success in college and STEM careers.
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The STEM Learning Opportunities Providing Equity i3 project combines proven strategies: early intervention, rather than remediation; engaging, project-based learning; explicit strategies for English learners; introduction to college culture for high needs students; and support for teachers through professional development and reflective coaching.
The STEM Learning Opportunities Providing Equity i3 project will serve large numbers of low-income and underrepresented students from participating districts. During the traditional school year, students will experience an enriched Algebra curriculum and support. Some students will experience Summer C.A.M.P. Students still struggling after the summer program will be offered extra Algebra support through an extended school day program.
The STEM Learning Opportunities Providing Equity i3 project was awarded to a coalition of education organizations committed to improving student achievement and closing the achievement gap. The coalition is led by the California Education Round Table – a voluntary association of the chief executive officers of all the educational sectors in the state. Its programmatic and administrative arm, the Intersegmental Coordinating Committee, oversees ARCHES,which focuses on collaboration to improve student learning and close achievement gaps.
ConnectEd: the California Center for College and Career provides curriculum and professional development
WestEd is evaluating the project to ensure that, if successful, this project can be replicated to benefit students throughout the state and nation.