With nearly 40 years of experience providing students with supplemental and enrichment education programs, Sylvan Learning and the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announce a joint partnership to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to more students across the country. Together, they will seek cooperative opportunities to develop and implement robust STEM programming, particularly for children in low-income families and underrepresented demographics in the STEM field.
Sylvan and NMSI have pledged to share teaching and learning best practices that facilitate scaling STEM activities with consistency and quality, while also advocating for conditions that support STEM education. The partners will ensure that quality standards are met, while examining methods of strengthening the pipeline of STEM-proficient students. Specifically, Sylvan and NMSI plan to identify opportunities to deliver STEM activities in priority regions, including Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, California’s Bay Area, San Diego, Central Florida, New York City, Atlanta, and areas with high levels of active military service member families.
“We are excited about the opportunity the partnership between Sylvan Learning and NMSI offers to bring STEM education to students who might not have other means of access,” said John McAuliffe, CEO of Sylvan Learning. “Students need to gain early access to STEM and to become comfortable with the subjects at a young age because these skills are becoming the foundation of many careers.”
One such career is that of NMSI CEO Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., the first African American to walk in space. During his 25 years as an astronaut at NASA, Dr. Harris conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology, and developed in-flight medical devices to extend astronaut stays in space. He later became the CEO and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm that invests in early- to mid-stage healthcare technologies and companies.
“After spending decades of my career involved in math and science education, I see the value of the education Sylvan Learning is providing to students across the United States, and I know our partnership will be a significant benefit to students,” said Dr. Harris. “NMSI has worked for 10 years to strengthen the current STEM teacher workforce, to develop more STEM teachers and to expand student achievement in STEM education across the country. I’m now looking forward to exploring additional opportunities with the Sylvan team.”
For additional information for potential educational partners, contact Tabatha Sweeney at Sylvan Learning at [email protected] and [email protected] at NMSI.