Our Program

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) Teaching Equity Project (STEP) provides K12 science teacher professional development in science content, instructional strategies, technology and mentoring. Training is provided by UH faculty, staff and master teachers during summer institutes and academic year sessions on UH and K12 campuses. STEP consistently produces data to demonstrate improved achievement for students taught by STEP-trained teachers. 

STEP focuses on teachers who teach high needs student populations. For 2012-13, we will provide a minimum of 120 contact hours of professional development to 120 elementary STEM teachers (impacting 60 campuses, 11 school districts and more than 9,100 students) and 20 high school physics teachers (impacting 9 campuses, 3 districts and more than 2,100 students). In addition to training, STEP provides technology and classroom materials to each participant.

STEP is completely free to teachers, campuses and districts and is made possible by funding from the Teacher Quality Grants Program for Higher Education, the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, the Hamill Foundation, and the Powell Foundation.

 Our Mission

The mission of STEP is that every K12 student, regardless of socioeconomic status, race or gender, receives exemplary science instruction.  In our view, exemplary STEM instruction is instruction that delivers conceptual science content while creating student success, developing critical thinking skills, and nurturing students’ natural curiosity in STEM fields.

To achieve our mission and leverage our impact on students, we provide high quality, large scale, science teacher professional development programs and resources. These programs focus on STEM content, research-based inquiry teaching strategies, and teacher leadership and mentoring.  By using inquiry teaching methods, we promote teacher confidence, curiosity and appreciation of STEM teaching.  We also contribute to the local, state and national knowledge base to address the national need for improved K12 science programs. Our ultimate aim is to create a community of teachers that will produce systemic change in K12 STEM education. 

Our Philosophy

Research indicates that attitudes about STEM fields form at a young age, so  teachers need to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion it takes to inspire a love of science, technology, engineering, and matematics. 

We know that STEM instruction needs to be hands-on and student driven. That means teachers need to know the content inside and out  to allow students the freedom to ask questions and build understandingTeachers.

Training sessions focus on STEM content while modeling innovative instructional strategies.  We offer sessions taught by UH faculty, industry professionals, and master teachers to promote a deep understanding of science content.

Our teachers are always challenging themselves to learn more and refine their teaching. Our program promotes ongoing reflection and continuous improvement throughout a career.

Applications for 2013-14 Programs are now closed.

Click Here for more information about STEP training for 3rd-6th grade science teachers.

Click Here for more information about STEP training for high school physics and IPC teachers.

Upcoming Events

High School Summer Institute
Start Date: Monday, July 8, 2013
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: University of Houston

Elementary & Middle School Summer Institute
Start Dates: Monday, July 15, 2013 & Monday, July 22, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: University of Houston