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“As an educator, this program allowed us to develop a connection between the classroom and how the scientific process works in the ‘real world’,” notes  Kate Clarisey, sixth grade science educator. “Typically, STEM concepts can be abstract and tougher to teach, but with this program, the kids were active learners and do-ers.”

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The global economy is changing. The Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) provides a new “case-based” active learning model pioneered at Harvard University, producing a career ready and experiential curriculum typically reserved for the graduate and undergraduate classroom.  PIE introduces emerging technology and professional development for educators, while also offering content-driven scalable partnerships with corporate, small business, entrepreneurial, government and community leaders.  In collaboration with students, educators, professors and informatics professionals, PIE provides new app technology that offers career pathway simulations, with new revenues generated for program partners.   Research shows PIE programs are particularly effective in urban and rural populations, with greatest efficacy among girls and minority students.

PIE = STEM Career Success:

  • PIE programs heighten technology literacy by 75 percent among students and educators.
  • PIE programs feature higher rates of academic engagement, especially among girls and minorities.
  • 100 percent of PIE programs meet or exceed State Learning Standards.
  • PIE Programs introduce 1:1 “hands on” learning in new technology and career partnerships.
  • Twenty-five percent of PIE programs introduce art and music into STEM curriculum.
  • PIE programs are the first kindergarten through 12th grade programs partnering with university, business and community leaders using a graduate school curriculum.
  • PIE programs drive attendance two percent higher in participating schools.
  • All PIE programs offer new revenue streams for School Districts.

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  • Ohio “Straight A” Grant Winner ($1.1M) with Cincinnati Public Schools and Milford Exempted Village Schools
  • Deloitte & Touche “100 Wise Women” Award (STEMGirls to PIE CEO Mary Welsh Schlueter)
  • Regional USA Chamber of Commerce:  Company “WE Watch” Award
  • Duke Energy and Cincinnati Science Museum STEM Difference Maker Award Finalist
  • “PIE Lemon Smash Day”, City-Wide Proclamation – Office of the Mayor of Cincinnati
  • National Diversity Council Leadership Excellence Award
  • Venue and LEAD Magazines’ Civic Leadership Award