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Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education
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The Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE) supports the National Science Foundation's mission of providing leadership and promoting development of the infrastructure and resources needed to improve preK-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education throughout the United States.

ESIE's comprehensive and coherent, research-based program portfolio develops the nation's capacity to support high-quality STEM education. The program areas targeted are:

Centers for Learning and Teaching (CLT) - focuses on the advanced preparation and development of STEM practitioners and establishment of meaningful partnerships among education stakeholders.

Informal Science Education (ISE) - provides stimulating experiences for STEM learning outside of formal classroom environments through media, exhibits, and community-based programming.

Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) - managed under the ISE program, designed to increase the opportunities for students and teachers to learn about, experience, and use information technologies.

Instructional Materials Development (IMD) - emphasizes the development, dissemination, and implementation of instructional materials and assessments for STEM education.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) - administered on behalf of the White House, recognizes exemplary careers of K-12 math and science teachers.

Teacher Professional Continuum (TPC) - addresses critical issues and needs regarding the recruitment, preparation, enhancement, and retention of science, technology, and mathematics (STM) teachers for grades K-12. This program combines and succeeds the Teacher Enhancement (NSF 01-60) and STEM Teacher Preparation (NSF 02-130) programs.


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Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE)
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 885
Arlington, Virginia 22230, USA
[Tel: 703-292-8620][Fax: 703-292-9044]
E-Mail: ehr-esi-info@nsf.gov