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PRESS RELEASE - 10/15/2018

October 15, 2018




Designed to advance national STEM education interests

New York, NY, October 15, 2018 - ExpandED Schoolsa New York City nonprofit dedicated to closing the learning gap and assuring that all kids have opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential, has been awarded a $3.7 million, five-year Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant from the US Department of Education. The EIR program supports entities that design, generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and promotes the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students.

The funding is for ExpandED STEM Options which will advance national STEM education interests by demonstrating a sustainable, replicable strategy featuring: 1) credit-bearing apprenticeships in STEM fields; 2) student-driven, project-based learning and 3) teaching internships for high school students designed to equip them with STEM skills and sustained interest to compete for and succeed in 21st century jobs.

ExpandED STEM Options will serve 320 students in grades 10-12 from 20 schools in NYC’s highest-need districts. Students participate in 60-hour STEM-focused apprenticeships which offer applied, skills-based training in areas of interest (e.g., computer science) and involve student-driven, project-based learning activities. Upon completion, students participate in 150-hour paid summer internships teaching their newfound content and skills to younger youth. The objective is to provide high-school students with STEM-focused work-based learning experiences beyond traditional classrooms that result in:

  • Increased interest and engagement in STEM and knowledge of STEM careers;
  • Development of critical workplace readiness competencies;
  • Increased engagement and motivation to stay in school; and
  • Increased preparedness for college and career, with a focus on STEM pathways.

ExpandED STEM Options will engage apprenticeship partners The Beam Center, New York Hall of Science, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Mentoring and Medicine, City Parks Foundation, and Educational Video Center. New York University Research Alliance for NYC Schools will serve as the external evaluator.

Jane Martínez Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer of ExpandED Schools, said, "We are immensely grateful for the five-year commitment and investment from the United States Department of Education. We believe deeply that our focus on career pathways and STEM will better prepare students for life-changing opportunities in the most rapidly emerging sectors. We are thrilled that the EIR program recognizes ExpandED STEM Options’ efforts to address persistent educational challenges which ultimately impact the national workforce. The team is excited to continue to build and enhance our long-term model which proves that work-based learning opportunities directly and positively transform students’ overall educational experience."




About ExpandED Schools:

ExpandED Schools is a NYC-based nonprofit dedicated to closing the learning gap by increasing access to enriched education experiences. It promotes school/community partnerships that build more hours into the school day, bring more role models into the classroom and infuse more joy into learning through arts, sports, literacy, STEM and character-building activities. Since its founding in 1998, when it created the nation’s first citywide system of K-12 after-school programming, the organization has created opportunities for more than 1million kids in the belief that all children deserve opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential. www.expandedschools.org

Facebook: facebook.com/ExpandEDSchools  Twitter: @expand_school  Instagram: @expanded_schools

For more information:

Emily-Jane Miranda Valdez, Director of Communications 

ExpandED Schools


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