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STEM Teacher Education and School Strengthening Activity (STESSA)

Supported by USAID

Project led by:

Penny Hammrich, PhD
Mary jo Grdina, PhD

STEM Teacher Education and School Strengthening Activity (STESSA) is a 5-year, $25 million grant funded by USAID. Drexel University, led by School of Education professors Dr. Nancy Songer, Dr. Mary Jo Grdina, and Dean Penny Hammrich is part of a five American university team that is partnering with the Ministry of Education in Egypt and five Egyptian Universities in two projects:

  • Expand from 14 to 27 the number of STEM secondary schools in Egypt organized around a three-year curriculum focused on students' learning anchored around portfolio projects to solve Egypt's Grand Challenges
  • Co-develop with Egyptian University faculty and administrators new teacher education and leadership certificate programs to be Implemented in Egyptian Universities

Together, these projects will lead to the establishment of a transformative STEM secondary school in each Egyptian Directorate and a pipeline of highly qualified teachers and school leaders to lead these STEM secondary schools. Based on a previous five year USAID grant to develop the three-year, project-based curriculum, the first STEM secondary schools are already serving as models for educational transformation throughout Egypt, with many students from these schools receiving national and international STEM awards.