NAPE and its Education Foundation believes that if women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities were prepared to work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers in proportion to their current workforce engagement, high-tech labor demands by business could be met, U.S. global competitiveness would improve, global challenges could be better addressed, and women’s economic power would increase leading to stronger families and communities.
The NAPE Education Foundation has developed several programs and projects to improve opportunities for underrepresented populations in STEM courses of study and careers. Specifically, its STEM Equity Pipeline™ focuses on STEM, including STEM-related Career and Technology Education (CTE), through:
- Program Improvement Process for Equity in STEM (PIPE STEM™): Promoting institutional change program that improves enrollment, retention, and completion of students in STEM through the STEM Equity Pipeline U46 project
- STEM Equity Teacher Training (also called Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student™): Training teachers to use pedagogy to improve enrollment, retention, and completion of STEM students through the STEM Equity Pipeline Dallas Fort Worth and EE STEM Academy projects
- STEM Equity Counselor Training: Coaching counselors to encourage girls and underrepresented populations in STEM careers through the STEM Equity Pipeline Dallas Fort Worth project
- STEM Equity Tools and Resources: Providing tools to support the three programs including webinars, research-based materials, and effective practices resources
On September 26, 2011, the White House and the National Science Foundation recognized NAPE for its STEM Equity Pipeline initiative, which is “adding momentum to a nationwide shift that promises to strengthen the US economy and job security even as it strengthens families across the country.” Read More About the Project’s Successes