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Linking STEM and Civics

Linking STEM and Civics


CLEVELAND – TIES, the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM Education, has been selected to partner with the Education Development Center to engage students from military-connected families in civic inquiry.

Based in Cleveland, TIES works across the globe to design meaningful hands-on learning solutions for students, business and industry, government, non-profits and others.

With a strong history of fostering collaboration and building robust partnerships, TIES will be partnering with the Education Development Center, EDC, of Waltham, Mass., which was granted a two-year award  for a pilot program to support students’ civics understandings and engagement.

EDC was one of 15 organizations to receive a share of $47 million that was awarded through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering as part of the National Defense Education Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Biotechnology and Enhanced Civics Education.

“TIES is pleased to be part of this important work with EDC and others and has a long history of work to engage military students and families,” said Jan Morrison, founder and president of TIES. “We know that the best way to ensure our country’s future is to educate its students and help them acquire deep and meaningful understandings of their civic responsibilities and opportunities.”

The work has already begun with schools and teachers being recruited to pilot the unique curriculum that blends inquiry-based civic learning, media literacy education, and exploration of public service careers to prepare students to be active citizens and thrive in the workforce.

For more information about the National Defense Education Program and the recent awards, visit

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