STEM learning

Effort boosts access to STEM courses, individualized learning

Collaboration between Connections Learning by Pearson, National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools enhances opportunities for students to master STEM

A new collaboration will offer schools science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs for students with proven-effective online STEM tools and courses, as well as expert teachers.

Connections Learning by Pearson, a provider of targeted digital learning solutions to the K-12 education community, will collaborate with the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS) on the initiative.

“With this collaboration, cost-effective STEM instruction will now be available to students at more than 100 NCSSS schools across the country,” said Dr. Patricia Hoge, executive vice president of curriculum and instruction and chief academic officer for Connections Education. “As each of our organizations strives to provide high-quality education solutions, we look forward to joining forces to meet the individual needs of students and educators nationwide.”

“We are very pleased to be able to offer our NCSSS members this benefit,” said Todd Mann, Executive Director of NCSSS. “Working in tandem with Connections Learning further enables us to proactively address one of the major needs in education: more opportunities for learning STEM,” he added.

“Moreover,” Mann pointed out, “we have provided even greater benefit to our members by offering this programming at a price point individual schools could not obtain on their own.”

Connections Learning by Pearson offers a selection of online courses that span the full STEM spectrum. Accredited by AdvancED, the program provides rigorous, standards-based courses across all grade levels, including gifted and Advanced Placement® programs in math and science. Courses are taught by teachers specially trained in online STEM instruction using the latest digital learning tools including virtual labs, simulations and more.

NCSSS member schools now have the option to use all of Connections Learning’s online course offerings with a focus on STEM tools, including a virtual dissection lab, online clubs, and performance tracking tools.


Laura Ascione