STEM Strategies to Empower and Prepare Students for Success (STEM S.T.E.P.S. for Success) is a collaborative approach to enhancing college eligibility rates of African American students through STEM education and support for students, educators, and families in Alameda County.
The project is convened by the African American Regional Educational Alliances and includes an Advisory Council made up of local public school districts, institutions of higher education, government officials, community organizations, and businesses.
STEM STEPS Fellows Program is an intensive professional development program designed to assist educators with aligning curricular and teaching approaches geared to enhance African American success. The program assists educators with the culturally responsive integration of mathematics and science with applications in engineering and technology while meeting the guidelines of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Specifically, this program will:
- Impact educator’s pedagogical content knowledge and culturally relevant instructional strategies
- Provide educators with culturally relevant tools and strategies for encouraging students to pursue STEM courses of study or careers
The Regional Parent Network (RPN) was designed to eradicate the African American achievement gap by increasing the meaningful engagement of African American families in their children’s education. RPN conducts culturally relevant outreach efforts and provides seminars that supports parents with the skills, tools and resources necessary to advocate for their child as well as to be a partner with their child’s school, district, and local educational entities.
STEM STEPS for Success Scholars Program is designed to provide African American students with practical applications of math and science content in a culturally relevant, real world context.
Specifically, this program offers intensive STEM and college awareness experiences to participating students through project based curriculum units and exploration activities.
Upon completion of the academic year program, students are honored and celebrated at the annual African American Student Achievement and Excellence Awards sponsored by AAREA.
Board of Directors
Dr. Nina Moore
Rev. Dr. Rick Perry
President & Co-Founder
Rev. Tommy Smith
Dr. Evelyn Wesley
Advisory Council Members & Project Partners
Alameda County Board Supervisor Keith Carson
Alliance for Regional Collaboration to Heighten Educational Success
Alameda Unified School District
Assemblymember Joan Buchanan
Assemblymember Rob Bonta
Bay Area Science Project
California State University, East Bay
Castro Valley Unified School District
Choose College Educational Foundation, Inc.
Congressman Eric Swalwell
Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney
Hayward Unified School District
Holy Names University
Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
New Haven Unified School District
Oakland Unified School District
Peralta Community Foundation
Pleasanton Unified School District
R.T. Fisher Educational Enterprises, Inc.
San Lorenzo Unified School District
Senator Ellen Corbett
University of California Office of the President