Studies show that the WISE curriculum helps students learn challenging science topics, and that students strengthen their grasp of these topics even after they have completed the curriculum. Leaders of WISE believe they can nearly double the number of students worldwide who use WISE materials in the next three years--to almost 140,000 students.
WISE provides a simple user interface, cognitive hints, embedded reflection notes and assessments, and online discussions, as well as software tools for activities such as drawing, concept mapping, diagramming, and graphing. WISE can also incorporate interactive simulations and models built in a variety of modern web technologies. WISE projects aim to promote student self-monitoring through collaborative reflection activities and teacher feedback.
WISE provides teachers with a suite of integrated tools for managing and promoting student learning. Teachers are able to monitor students' real-time progress, provide immediate feedback on student work, and grade their work using automated scoring systems. WISE aims to effectively facilitate classroom management tasks, freeing teachers to focus on diverse students' learning needs by interacting with individual students and gaining insights about classroom learning as a whole.
The cost of WISE's efforts to develop content, provide professional development for teachers, provide equipment and technology and support research on instruction varies greatly depending on the scope and context of the project. Many schools serving low-income students are eager to use WISE but need financial support to provide their teachers with the required professional development and technology.Funders and Partners
National Science Foundation, Concord Consortium, Educational Testing Service, University of Toronto, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, National Kaohsiung Normal University
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.