Summer Scale-Up Professional Development Heats Up in July

Educators take part in STEM Scale-Up PD
More than 1,200 educators are expected to take part in STEM Scale-Up Professional Development trainings throughout Iowa next month.

As the weather heats up in July, so does the professional development trainings for the STEM Scale-Up Program. More than 1,200 Iowa educators will be taking part in these trainings to prepare for implementation of a Scale-Up Program during the coming school year. 

The Scale-Up Program is expected to impact an estimated 83,000 students in 2019-2020. Students who participate in this program continue to perform better on the Iowa Assessments. In 2017-2018, Scale-Up Program participants scored an average of two points higher in National Percentile Rank in mathematics and reading and three points higher in science. For minority students, the growth was even greater – five points in math, science and reading.

After completing a thorough review process, a menu of ten high-quality STEM programs were selected in January to “scale-up” in Iowa’s PreK-12 schools, afterschool programs and other educational settings. Iowa’s regional STEM managers, guided by their regional STEM advisory boards, selected recipients throughout the state based on need, student diversity, geographic distribution, capacity to sustain and other factors. 

Since 2012, funding from the Iowa legislature has enabled more than 500,000 PreK-12 Iowans to take part in these proven learning models. 

A complete list of 2019-2020 STEM Scale-Up Program awards and more information about the Scale-Up Program can be found at

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