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DWU partner recognized by Clinton for work in STEM education

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The Partnering Anthropology with Science and Technology Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to redesigning education in America and also a partner with Dakota Wesleyan University to offer a master’s in science, technology, engineering and math education, was recently recognized by President Bill Clinton during his opening remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative America 2014 event for its innovative and successful approach to providing STEM professional development for teachers.

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“In 2012, the PAST Foundation and its partners committed to improve STEM education in rural and American Indian reservation schools in South Dakota by equipping 450 teachers with the necessary training to implement an innovative, culturally relevant approach to teaching.

“It’s now known as the South Dakota Innovation Lab, a statewide STEM professional development program that so far has provided 8,300 students with access to quality education that meets them where they are and prepares them for the modern economy,” Clinton said.

PAST Foundation and PAST Innovation Lab provide professional development in STEM-focused transdisciplinary problem-based learning to educators.

This includes an online master’s in STEM Education program for teachers through DWU, online/in-person professional development courses and workshops for educators and programs for students.

DWU also hosted a week-long Art and STEM camp for children in June, focusing on robotics, art and Minecraft mathematics.

The South Dakota Innovation Lab is made possible through the dedication and partnership with the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative and Sanford Research.

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