"It is without hesitation that I say Science Museum staff developers ... are changing the trajectory of science, technology, engineering, and math education for students in Richfield Public Schools. In the words of our teachers, 'The Science Museum of Minnesota provides the best equity training we have ever had.' All that while securing our path toward excellence in STEM education." —Kate Trewick, Chief of Staff and Director of Teaching & Learning, Richfield Public Schools
The Science Museum of Minnesota invites you to participate in the Peer Alliance for Gender Equity (PAGE) leadership program. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and hosted by the Science Museum, PAGE is dedicated to addressing gender, racial, and class-based achievement gaps in STEM education in the Upper Midwest. (Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin).
As a community of district STEM leaders committed to the wellbeing and future of all our young people and the economic and social health of our communities, PAGE participants work together to bring about cultural change in our educational institutions. We hope that our time together ultimately opens doors that help our children grow up strong in a world full of possibility and opportunity. We invite those working with teachers on STEM teaching and learning including curriculum coordinators, classroom coaches, professional learning community leaders, principals, curriculum committee chairs, magnet coordinators, and others to join us for this work.
PAGE 2013-2014 Program Information
Goals for the Program:
Developing Community: We will work together to develop a supportive community of STEM leaders committed to eliminating regional achievement gaps in STEM education.
Learning: We will develop a rigorous foundation in equity in STEM education that includes issues of access, pedagogy and curriculum, the nature of STEM, and the role of student, teacher, and community identity.
Effecting Change: We will work to adapt, refine, and implement strategies, frameworks, and professional development resources for use in our work with teachers that promote the achievement of all students in STEM.
Who Should Apply:
Teams with district-wide responsibility for STEM education who:
have a passion for addressing critical issues of access and equity in STEM education, and
provide professional development, training, coaching, mentoring and/or leadership to K-12 teachers. We are particularly interested in recruiting participants that represent the cultural, racial, and economic diversity of our students.
are from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.
Program Structure and Commitment:
PAGE is a yearlong journey that begins with a 5-day intensive professional development institute held at the Science Museum of Minnesota in Saint Paul the week of July 8, 2013 and is followed by an additional 6 days together during the school year (Oct 3-4, 2013; Jan. 16-17, 2014; May 15-16, 2014). During the course of the program, participants are expected to actively work to adapt, implement, and refine the strategies, frameworks, and professional development resources of the program in their work with teachers and to share their successes and struggles with the rest of the PAGE community.
Key Benefits of Participation:
60+ hours of professional development designed specifically for district STEM leaders
Ongoing PAGE community and Science Museum support
Training in a repertoire of research-based strategies, frameworks, and professional development resources that address issues of equity in STEM classrooms
Up to $2500 for purchase of resources and materials to use with teachers in your school or district
Program costs are covered by NSF and include a $1000 stipend for program completion plus travel and lodging
Contact us for additional information.
Please contact the Professional Development Department at
or (651) 221-4563 with questions about the PAGE course or application.
"We may only be a team of two science teachers coming from a small rural school district, but the [museum's] community makes us a team of many more... This has broadened our district's perspectives on the importance and urgency of implementing STEM in our schools. It has also given us the tools we need to start this process." —Kingsland Public Schools, MN