About CEISMC

The Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) is a unit within the Office of the Provost at Georgia Tech. CEISMC serves as the primary connection point between Georgia Tech faculty and students and the preK-12 STEM education community.
 
CEISMC plays a key role in achieving the vision set forth in the Commission on Creating the Next (CNE) report by reducing the barriers between preK-12 and higher education.  By offering intensive, innovative professional development to practicing teachers, creating highly engaging STEM in-school and extracurricular STEM experiences for K-12 students, and conducting research on effective STEM education practices, we strive to improve STEM teaching and learning in Georgia and improve the pipeline of students ready to excel in STEM fields.
 
Annually, CEISMC programs impact more than 39,000 students, 1,700 teachers, 200 schools in over 75 school districts throughout the state of Georgia. CEISMC achieves this through research, intensive teacher professional development, advancements in pedagogy, school and community outreach, and sustainable partnerships. The unit works closely with public and private stakeholders to expand the reach of the Institute’s STEM education efforts in urban communities near Georgia Tech as well as those in rural school districts throughout the state of Georgia.
 
Our Mission
The Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) enhance PreK-12 and post-secondary STEM education by drawing upon the expertise and scholarly contributions of the Georgia Tech community. CEISMC advocates for and leads systemic changes to increase STEM interest and achievement for all students, especially those underrepresented in STEM. CEISMC’s research efforts allow for the identification and dissemination of evidence-based best practices in STEM education.
 
Our Vision
CEISMC will define and exemplify effective STEM education to maximize students’ readiness to excel in a rapidly changing world. We are leaders in influencing significant curricular, pedagogical, social and policy reform efforts that will shape STEM education and workforce development.
 
Our Goals
GOAL 1 - INSPIRING STEM ENRICHMENT AND OUTREACH FOR STUDENTS
Excite, engage, and accelerate PreK-12 students through high-quality academic and hands-on STEM enrichment programs. Partner with the Georgia Tech faculty and students, as well as businesses, non-profits, and education communities to expose PreK-12 students to leading-edge research and 21st Century STEM careers.

GOAL 2  - INTENSIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR STEM EDUCATORS
Empower teachers to advance student interest and learning in STEM. Offer professional learning experiences that focus on cutting-edge STEM content and model effective, active, and inquiry-based pedagogy. Utilize digital platforms, innovative tools, social media, and online communities to create professional learning experiences that erase the geographic and temporal boundaries for learning.

GOAL 3 - LOCAL AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Cultivate sustained PreK-12 school and community partnerships to develop model sites in STEM. Engage teachers and students in on-going experiences with Georgia Tech faculty and students to improve STEM teaching and learning.

GOAL 4 - INNOVATIVE STEM EDUCATION
Design and develop innovations that advance the educational frontier in STEM. Create effective curricula that incorporate inquiry and problem-based learning, culturally authentic practice, high standards, and advanced technologies that work in a broad array of educational settings.

GOAL 5 - CRUCIAL RESEARCH AND IMPACTFUL EVALUATION OF STEM EDUCATION
Advance PreK-12 STEM education through educational research and evaluation. Document the impact of innovative curricula, teacher professional learning experiences, and novel STEM programs on student learning, with an emphasis on students traditionally underrepresented in STEM.

GOAL 6 - DYNAMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR GEORGIA TECH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Create opportunities for the Georgia Tech community to engage and serve PreK-12 students and teachers and the community at large. Assist Georgia Tech faculty in developing innovative educational initiatives inspired by their novel and creative STEM research and teaching. Initiate and coordinate outreach experiences for Georgia Tech students and staff to broaden their horizons, promote community engagement, and inspire a culture of service.