learn / 2016

STEMdustry In Motion: The EnCorps STEM Teachers Fellowship Program

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by EnCorps Inc.

EnCorps STEM Teachers addresses the conditions severely limiting low income, under-resourced, and minority student opportunities by transitioning outstanding STEM professionals into public education.


Please describe your project proposal.

The objectives of the EnCorps STEM Teachers: Translators of Math and Science in the Classroom are as follows:

*Increase the number of qualified STEM teachers and tutors who serve high need public and charter schools in Southern California *Increase disadvantaged students’ access to a first-rate STEM education that shows the real-world application of math and science *Increase under­represented populations in STEM professions

Which of the learn metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • College completion
  • College matriculation rates
  • Student education pipeline

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • County of Los Angeles

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to learn?

Enduring STEM achievement, access, and literacy gaps disproportionately limit low income, under-resourced, and minority student opportunities.

STEM professionals, when thoroughly prepared, are uniquely positioned to meaningfully utilize their talent and real-world expertise as EnCorps STEM Teachers to deliver an authentic, rigorous, and relevant STEM education to the students who need it most.

The EnCorps STEM Teachers Program recruits, selects, develops and supports the best and brightest STEM professionals and military veterans, as an innovative, long-term solution to the shortage of high quality, impactful educators for under-resourced students in high need communities.

We envision a community where: •All children learn to become problem solvers, innovators and creators; •STEM professionals are regularly and actively engaged in public education; •Students see the real-world application of math and science and how these disciplines are essential to their future; •Underrepresented populations build a strong presence in STEM professions.

We believe in the power of math and science to propel students, communities, our state and country forward in the 21st century. EnCorps seeks to provide one third of California’s annual gap in supply of STEM Teachers to inspire these students, totaling 400 STEM expert teachers for 50,000 high need students by June 2020 to

Cultivate the science, technology, engineering and mathematics talent for the 1.5 million open jobs in STEM fields in California; Promote diversity in STEM fields by employing recruitment strategies that identify and champion women and minorities; and to Ensure that participants develop into successful, long-term teachers in public schools in under-served communities.

As evidence of EnCorps’ impact, EnCorps 2014 Fellow LaTeira Haynes was recently named Los Angeles Unified School District’s Rookie of the Year for her outstanding contributions to education. Dr. Haynes teaches Biology at Dymally High School, following a career in immunology. She was honored on August 13, 2016 at Dodger Stadium.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

We will measure our success by surveying students, partner sites and EnCorps Fellows:

Students will agree that EnCorps Fellows made them: -More aware of STEM career opportunities 85% -More interested in STEM 80% -STEM grades Improved 70% -Understand relevance of STEM better 85%

Placement sites will agree that EnCorps Fellows: -Increase student excitement 90% -Increase student achievement 95% -Increase student understanding of real-world connections 90% -are as effective as other tutors 85% -make differentiation easier 80%

EnCorps Fellows will agree that: -they are satisfied with the EnCorps Fellowship 90% -they are satisfied with overall support 95%

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Volunteers
  • Advisors/board members
  • Publicity/awareness