September 24, 2019 | Angela Ridpath
K-12 education is more complex today than it has been in the past. Today, more than ever before, it’s important to ensure that students are prepared with knowledge and skills to solve problems and make sense of information. They also need to understand how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions. These are the kinds of skills that students develop in science, technology, engineering and math, and creativity or art—disciplines collectively known as STEM and STEAM.
STEM and STEAM teachers are responsible for building their students’ skills in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, math and art. But, because this is an emerging field in K-12 education, it’s not always the art teacher or the science teacher who are responsible for making STEM and STEAM product and curriculum decisions at schools and districts.
MCH recently compiled and verified STEM and STEAM teachers at schools across the country. We’ve made it easier than ever to build a quality marketing list of STEM and STEAM teachers. There are approximately 11,000 STEM Coordinators that we have identified as making decisions on products, curriculum and supplies for STEM and STEAM initiatives. Also, MCH has identified almost 2,000 STEM and STEAM directors. If you are needing a direct mail or email list of STEM and STEAM teachers, contact your MCH Relationship Manager for detailed counts and information.
ESSA’s Title IV-A authorizes activities that support a well-rounded education, including STEM and computer science, supporting safe and healthy students, and ensuring the effective use of technology.
According to recent MCH and CatapultX research, schools and districts are looking to spend money on STEM and STEAM initiatives in the following categories: