The Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR–STEM) is a multidisciplinary research center created by the Florida Legislature and competitively awarded to Florida State University in 2007.
The center’s mission 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 in STEM fields.
- Narrow student achievement gaps in STEM fields.
- Increase student pursuit of 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 major accomplishments are (2) research studies investigating teaching and learning in varied contexts and the impacts of professional development on teacher and student outcomes, (2) the design and delivery of intensive professional development for over 2,500 K-12 math and science teachers in Florida, and (3) the development of CPALMS (www.cpalms.org), a web-based system of over 10,000 free lessons and other instructional resources vetted by content and teacher experts — plus online tools to support teachers’ planning and instruction.
Since its inception, the center has been awarded more than $80 million in contracts and grants for research and development projects, worked with thousands of Florida’s principals and teachers, and partnered with all of Florida’s 67 school districts.