NBME Grants $604,000 to Albright College for Innovative STEMM Education Program

National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) has announced a grant of $604,000 to Albright College. The funding will support the college’s Total Experience Learning (TExpL) program, an innovative initiative designed to equip teachers with novel classroom management techniques.

The TExpL program aims to prepare educators for the forthcoming Pennsylvania Department of Education Science, Technology, Engineering, Environment, Literacy, Sustainability (STEELS) standards. By developing and implementing graduate-level courses through TExpL, Albright College is poised to deliver high-quality STEMM education that meets these rigorous new standards.

“Allison Acevedo, NBME Director of Community Collaborations and Contributions, shared the broader vision behind the grant, explaining, “By enhancing teachers’ expertise and understanding of STEMM subjects, the project aims to bring about a fundamental shift in teaching practices to empower educators and students to grow through innovative learning experiences.”

Acevedo further stressed the program’s goal to address the national shortage of STEMM teachers, particularly in urban districts. The program’s focus on teacher training and pedagogical transformation seeks to help students, especially English Language Learners, excel in research and science.

Indeed, empirical data supports the efficacy of the TExpL methodology. English Language Learners have shown significant improvement in the PA World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment test (WIDA), and students have demonstrated notable gains on the iReady Mathematics Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test.

The NBME grant will enable Albright’s TExpL program to serve 200 teachers from the Reading School District, Antietam School District, and School District of Philadelphia. The program offers comprehensive training on immersive STEMM teaching methodologies, instructional strategies, and curriculum development techniques tailored to the new STEELS standards.

Adele Schade, founder of Albright’s program and dean of pre-college and summer programming at the school, highlighted the transformative potential of the initiative. “TExpL integrates hands-on activities, real-world applications, and interdisciplinary connections to create an immersive and stimulating learning experience. It sparks students’ interest in STEMM and inspires teachers, making the profession more rewarding and fulfilling.”

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