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PALS: Principals and Leaders in Schools

teachers with an experimentPALS is dedicated to addressing achievement disparities in STEM education on the basis of race, class, ethnicity, gender, disability, language, and sexual orientation through a distributed leadership model of professional development. It is a challenging program, grappling with complex, difficult issues. At its core, the PALS community, composed of principals and their key leaders primarily from the Greater Twin Cities Metro Area, works together to bring about significant cultural change in our educational institutions.

Goals for PALS:

  • Developing a Distributed Leadership Community: PALS seeks to increase and deepen the distribution of relevant expertise and resources within schools to improve instruction across all classrooms. PALS provides professional development designed to support school leaders in engaging their faculty so that every member contributes to the collective responsibility for the achievement of each and every STEM learner.
  • Creating a Foundation for STEM Equity: STEM investigations, discussions, and readings are designed around the PAGE Framework for Access and Equity in STEM Education. Developed by the Science House team with funding from the National Science Foundation, Framework-based PD addresses access and beliefs; pedagogy and curriculum; the nature and culture of STEM; the role of student, teacher, and community identity; and systems-change.
  • Effecting Change: Our expectation is that school teams will work to adapt, refine, and implement Framework-based strategies and professional development resources with teachers in ways that are highly context-specific, influence policy and teaching practice, and ultimately promote the achievement of each and every student in STEM.

Visit our Professional Development Philosophy & Mission page to learn more about our approaches.