Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

The Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (FCR–STEM) was created by the Florida Legislature and competitively awarded to Florida State University in 2007. It is another highly respected center operated by LSI faculty and staff.

The mission of FCR-STEM is to help the State of Florida improve STEM teaching and learning in grades K- 12 and prepare students for higher education and STEM careers in the 21st century. Through impacts on teacher knowledge and classroom practice, FCR-STEM strives to improve student achievement, narrow student achievement gaps, and increase student pursuit in STEM fields.

These broad goals are addressed primarily through high-quality research, teacher professional development, and the development of innovative resources and tools to support instruction aligned with curriculum standards.

Among FCR-STEM’s significant accomplishments are the impacts of professional development on teacher and student outcomes, the design and delivery of intensive professional development for over 40,000 teachers in Florida, and the development of CPALMS (www.cpalms.org).

Through research conducted at FCR-STEM, our staff works to answer the question, “How can we improve STEM integration and teaching and learning for all students?” Our staff advocates for a scientific approach to educational research and supports the use of open science and experimental design in our work. The work includes reports of the impact of educational interventions on student learning in mathematics and statistics through various teacher learning programs involving formative assessment, Cognitively Guided Instruction, lesson study, and statistics curriculum and professional learning opportunities.
 

CPALMS Impact

CPALMS now offers more than 13,000 high-quality educational resources developed by FSU faculty and K-12 educators. During the pandemic, LSI made all the CPALMS resources accessible to students, parents, and educators around the globe to support them in teaching and learning from home. More than 20 million students depended on CPALMS during that period. Since CPALMS started offering educational resources, more than one billion resource views/downloads have been delivered. During the last year, CPALMS had more than 70 million resources delivered to Florida’s educators and students. A unique type of resource, CPALMS includes 500+ Perspectives Videos which are standards-aligned short (~5-min.) video resources highlighting experiences and ideas from experts, teachers, professionals, and skilled enthusiasts. The CPALMS video production team ensures videos are ready for teachers and students to understand technical content, learn new approaches to teaching, and highlight the appearance of STEM concepts in practical, real-world situations

Original Student Tutorials

CPALMS also features over 1,300 Student Tutorials which are interactive online lessons for students to explore math, science, English language arts, and social studies content. The development of these tutorials is a collaboration between K-12 educators, subject specialists, instructional designers, graphic designers, narrators, and others who collectively spend 200-400 labor hours to create each tutorial. During the last year, several tutorials crossed a million views.

 

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IMPACT Driven

  • More than 1,000,000,000 resource downloads on CPALMS.org
  • Over 260,000 Florida educators have an active CPALMS account
  • Approximately 3M FLorida students actively use CPALMS
  • 13,000+ free resources
  • More than 40,000 Florida teachers have received training from CPALMS.

Recent FCR-STEM Projects

"CPALMS logo behind a woman sitting in a chair recording a video."

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING PLATFORM

CPALMS supported the Department of Education’s Civics Excellence Initiative by building an interactive online learning system featuring a 55-hour teacher professional development course. The system was created from the ground up in the CPALMS platform and was launched in just months. More than 18,000 teachers completed the online course.

"Group of Florida teachers inside the Capitol Building."

CPALMS Civics Platform and Educational Resources

Our team leads the development of educational resources for civics, including integrated resources that can be used in math, science, English language arts, computer science/coding, social studies, and fine and performing arts. Over 1,600 instructional resources were created and distributed on CPALMS for over 260,000 Florida teachers and 3M Florida K-12 students.

Illustrations being used in the assessments LSI is developing

Prek-2 Assessment

LSI is leading the creation of PreK-2 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics assessment items that will be on the Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) in which over 800,000 students participate three times per year. Based on LSI’s expertise and innovation, the team is pioneering a new interactive assessment format and system for PreK-2 learners.

"Large group photo of over 100 people sitting and standing around a sign that says Cascades"

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The CPALMS staff hosts professional development (PD) workshops in Tallahassee and around the state. The PDs cover financial literacy, civics integration, career and technical education, and coding with Scratch. Almost 700 Florida educators participated in over 20 workshops in 2023.

"Group of people standing and discussing what is written on the poster on the wall"

INITIATIVE FOR CAREER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

CPALMS has expanded its support to include Career and Technical Education (CTE). Our team is designing and migrating a complex process and a massive data set to modern, efficient, and usable tools and resources for all educators.  The resources are grounded in research-based integration and engaging pedagogy to support Florida CTE teachers.


FCR-STEM Projects

Project Funding Agency Principal Investigator Co-Principal Investigator
Examining Teacher Math Anxiety As A Malleable Factor Related To Student Outcomes U. S. Department of Education / IES Colleen Ganley, Ph.D.  
GP-IN: Bridging the Gap into Geosciences for Underrepresented Pre-college Populations through Experiential Learning Opportunities National Science Foundation Amanda Tazaz Ph.D.  
Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools Program (ARP EANS) Florida Department of Education Melissa Dyehouse  
The Successful Start: Cognitively Guided Instruction Project Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Amanda Tazaz Ph.D.  
Atlanta Problem Based Learning Time2Give.org Carrie Meyers  

GP-IN: Bridging the Gap into Geosciences for Underrepresented Pre-college Populations through Experiential Learning Opportunities

National Science Foundation Amanda Tazaz Ph.D.  
CRRSA ESSER II - Civic Literacy Excellence Initiative: Florida Civic Seal of Excellence Endorsement Modules Florida Department of Education Rabieh Razzouk, MBA  
CRRSA ESSER II - Civic Literacy Excellence Initiative - Integrated Civic Literacy Curriculum Florida Department of Education Rabieh Razzouk, MBA  
Coordinated Screening and Progress Monitoring - Pre-K through Grade 2 Mathematics Test Item Development Florida Department of Education Rabieh Razzouk, MBA  
CRSSA ESSER II - Integration of CTE Standards and Math Pathways Florida Department of Education Rabieh Razzouk, MBA  
Civic Literacy Excellence Initiative: CPALMS Content Creation Florida Department of Education Rabieh Razzouk, MBA  
HOPE Scholarship Program Survey 2021 Florida Department of Education Melissa Dyehouse  
Foundations for Success: Developing Effective Mathematics Educators Through Cognitively Guided Instruction U.S. Department of Education

Children's Board of Hillsborough County

Robert C. Schoen, Ph.D  
Improvement of Elementary Fractions Instruction: RCT of Lesson Study with Fractions Resource Kit and Local Curriculum Mills College Robert C. Schoen, Ph.D  
Examining Teacher Math Anxiety as A Malleable Factor Related to Student Outcomes U. S. Department of Education / IES Colleen Ganley, Ph.D.  
Facilitating Teacher Learning with Video Clips of Instruction in Science National Science Foundation Miray Tekkumru-Kisa, Ph.D  
Follow-up to the Replicating the CGI Experiment in Diverse Environments Study
U. S. Department of Education / IES Robert C. Schoen, Ph.D  
Florida Inclusion Network,  Administration Florida Department of Education
Jeffrey Ayala Milligan, Ph.D.
 
CPALMS and Student Tutorials Florida Department of Education Rabieh Razzouk, MBA  
Evaluation of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program Florida Department of Education Carolyn Herrington, Ph.D.  
CPALMS: Alliance for Arts Education Florida Alliance for Arts Education
Rabieh Razzouk, MBA
 

Foundations for Success: Developing Effective Mathematics Educators through Cognitively Guided Instruction (2018-2023)

U.S. Department of Education Robert C. Schoen Linda Levi and Walter G. Secada

CPALMS: A Portal for Standards-Based Instruction

National Science Foundation Rabieh Razzouk, MBA  

FCR–STEMLearn

Florida Department of Education

Rabieh Razzouk, MBA,

Robert C. Schoen, Ph.D.

 

FCR–STEMLearn: Foundations for Success in STEM

Florida Department of Education Robert C. Schoen, Ph.D.  

FCR–STEMLearn for Grades 6-12 Math and Science Teachers

Florida Department of Education Rabieh Razzouk, MBA  

Mathematics Formative Assessment System

U.S. Department of Education Laura Lang, Ph.D. Maureen Oberlin

Future Physicists of Florida

Learning Systems Institute Paul D. Cottle, Ph.D.  

Replicating the CGI Experiment in Diverse Environments

U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences Robert C. Schoen, Ph.D.  

Improvement of Elementary Fractions Instruction: Randomized Controlled Trial Using Lesson Study with a Fractions Resource Kit

U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences Robert C. Schoen, Ph.D.  

Shape of Educational Data

National Science Foundation Colleen Ganley, Ph.D.  

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program Evaluation

Florida Legislature Carolyn Herrington, Ph.D.  

Florida Inclusion Network

Florida Department of Education Jeffrey Ayala Milligan, Ph.D.  

Institute For Charter School Research

Florida Legislature Carolyn D. Herrington, Ph.D.