We applaud The News Journal’s coverage of movements engaging students in STEM studies to prepare for life’s work and citizenship in Delaware.
The newspaper and the STEM Council noted the need for business engagement. We agree.
We point out that businesses have been engaged from the development of the state’s science standards and curriculum to the math achievement of Kuumba Academy and Brandywine District’s adoption of Singapore Math.
Much of this has been supported by Delaware Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education (dfsme.org), which has partnered with the Delaware business community for many initiatives since 1995. We wish commend companies and foundations supporting the more recent math achievements cited above, providing $450,000 during the past five years for training, coaching, materials and assessments.
These organizations – Agilent Technologies, AstraZeneca, Bank of America. DuPont, The Education Foundation of America, INGDirect, Rodel Foundation, the Gabriela and Paul Rosenbaum Foundation, and Wilmington University – helped show that dedicated teachers with training, world-class material, and committed administration can lead students to step-change math achievement.