State STEMworks Partnerships

Maximizing the Impact of Scarce State Dollars

As states reassert their authority over education, it is more important than ever to spend state education dollars wisely. Thousands of STEM education programs have emerged over the past decade, and many have impressive marketing materials. Change the Equation’s state STEMworks partnerships allow state leaders to identify the programs that are most likely to yield the best return on public investments in STEM education.

STEMworks: Expanding children’s and youths’ access the best STEM programs

Change the Equation is working with state education leaders to bring the most effective STEM education programs to hundreds of thousands more students every year. State leaders across the country are working with us to identify and fund programs that meet rigorous standards for admission to STEMworks, our honor roll of STEM education programs.

CTEq began with two state STEMworks partners in 2014—Arizona and Iowa—and has since added six more—Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, and Oregon. Together, these states have identified dozens of effective programs and supported them with millions in state dollars.

Tailored support for states

CTEq gives each state partner the tailored online platform, training, and technical assistance it needs to run its own STEMworks initiative. Each state receives a custom online portal where programs can apply to STEMworks and reviewers can rigorously review them against our Design Principles for effectiveness. State-selected reviewers receive extensive training on how to evaluate programs.

Each state partner can create more quality principles that meet its specific priorities. For example, a state can customize its STEMworks portal with its own principles on subjects as diverse as professional development, curriculum, or computer science education. Each state can also require applicants to prove that they are ready to hit the ground running in that state.

Learn more

Interested in starting a partnership in your state? Explore this overview of state STEMworks programs or contact Claus von Zastrow at cvonzastrow@changetheequation.org