STEP Workshops for Houston Region Districts
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The Sustainable Trainer Engagement Program (STEP) provides 6-8 grade science specialists with long-term in-depth professional development as participants learn to present workshops. In 2015, STEP participants conducted 23 workshops in the Houston region, including the school districts of Aldine, Pasadena, Cypress-Fairbanks, Santa Fe, Katy, Fort Bend, and the Harris County Department of Education.
These districts have large numbers of underserved and economically disadvantaged students:
District Demographics Economically Disadvantaged
Aldine 71% Hispanic 85%
Pasadena 82% Hispanic 79%
Cypress-Fairbanks 44% Hispanic, 17% African Am. 49%
Katy 34% Hispanic, 10% African Am. 29%
Fort Bend 26% Hispanic, 29% African Am. 36%
Harris County 42% Hispanic, 20% African Am.
For more information about STEP, please go to http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/step/
STEP is led by the Lunar and Planetary Institute, funded through the NASA SMD EPOESS grant, number NNX12AC74G. http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/step2012