Celebrating STEM Pioneers in Black History and the Impact of TQRP's STEM Initiatives

February 09, 2024

February extends beyond a mere commemoration of Black History; it serves as a poignant opportunity to celebrate the pioneers who have indelibly shaped the landscape of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. From inventors to scientists, these trailblazers have left an enduring mark on the world, emphasizing that STEM is a collective endeavor for everyone. While the idea of engaging with STEM may sometimes seem daunting, understanding how it has been the cradle of success for Black Pioneers, especially in education, reveals that the innovations we witness today owe a part of their existence to the reshaped mindset brought about by STEM implementation.

In acknowledging the paramount importance of STEM education, Thurgood Marshall College Fund's (TMCF) Teacher Quality Retention Program (TQRP) proudly partners with Infosys Foundation USA, the official STEM Sponsor of the annual TQRP Summer Institute. This collaboration has yielded remarkable results in the 23-24 school year, making a tangible impact on 10,155 students, with 7,098 of them being African American. Moreover, 83 educators and 80 schools, of which 74 are Title 1 Schools, have experienced positive transformation through this innovative program.

STEM Instructional Component at the Summer Institute Practicum Session

At the core of TQRP's success lies its unwavering commitment to providing quality professional development for educators. During the Summer Institute practicum session, fellows immersed themselves in a transformative experience, integrating technology into their lessons. This hands-on approach not only elevated their teaching skills but also empowered them to instill enthusiasm for STEM in a new generation.

As part of the practicum, educators seized the unique opportunity to visit the KID Museum in Bethesda, MD. This visit cultivated an environment of exploration and creativity, enabling teachers to gain insights into engaging STEM activities that could be seamlessly incorporated into their classrooms.

Celebrating STEM Pioneers in Black History and the Impact of TQRP's STEM Initiatives

STEM Science Mentor Group

TQRP places significant emphasis on continuous support for teachers, recognizing its pivotal role in fostering their growth. The STEM-based, Science Mentor Group, a cornerstone of the program, provides in-service teachers with ongoing guidance in science and STEM integration. This mentorship cultivates a community of learning, where educators share best practices and collaborate on innovative approaches to STEM education.

Looking Ahead

As we reflect upon the accomplishments of the 23-24 school year, we're thrilled to announce that TQRP is now accepting applications for the 2024 cohort. If you are passionate about shaping STEM Pioneers in Black History and the Impact of TQRP's STEM Initiatives the future of STEM education, apply here. The application deadline is March 1, 2024. Join us in making a difference and being a part of the STEM revolution in education. Together, we can inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

Celebrating STEM Pioneers in Black History and the Impact of TQRP's STEM Initiatives

Rebecca M. Dorsey, Ed. S
TQRP Alumnus
Seasoned Instructional Leader, Atlanta, GA
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), CollabED Solutions, LLC