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UH Receives $2.8 Million to Develop Leaders in STEM Education

The University of Houston has been awarded $2.8 million from the National Science Foundation to prepare more teachers to lead the way in science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM). The grant bolsters the institution’s effort to ensure students of all backgrounds have access to high-quality STEM instruction while helping to meet the large demand for qualified secondary STEM teachers.

The award will fund tuition and fees for middle and high school teachers to pursue a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in STEM education. To further the impact of the program, the grant will pay salary stipends for the graduates to train other teachers at schools serving significant populations of students who are underrepresented in high-demand STEM careers.


The colleges will work with high-need school districts in Greater Houston and the National Math and Science Initiative, a Texas-based nonprofit, to recruit and prepare two cohorts of 15 secondary STEM teachers to take part in LEAD Houston.

“We have the opportunity to cultivate teacher-leaders and empower them to advocate for policies that yield STEM education reform. Ideal candidates are passionate about their craft, embody a growth mindset and have the desire to impact change in their own classrooms and the classrooms of other in-service and preservice teachers,” said Mariam Manuel, an instructional assistant professor in teachHOUSTON and co-principal investigator for the grant.