We help educators create high quality and culturally responsive instruction in order to truly make STEM #4Real for every single student

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About STEM4Real

STEM4Real is a professional learning nonprofit organization committed to equity, anti-racism and social justice in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. We help schools and districts create culturally responsive STEM and NGSS professional learning using Lesson Study, Observation, Collaboration, and Leadership.

What makes us different?

We combined standards-based instruction with equity and social justice for ALL students. STEM4Real is committed to providing socially just and culturally relevant STEM teaching and standards-based learning strategies through collaboration professional learning, culturally responsive instructional materials and diverse children’s literature. We focus on shifting teacher pedagogy by grounding our work with a social justice lens that makes equity paramount in our vision.

We believe that each and every single child, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion or creed should be able to see themselves in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics. It is through our diversity that we can embark on multiple perspectives in order to progress our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields.

News and Podcast Spotlights

ACSA Resource Hub


eSchool News

The Glasshammer

The Epoch Times

This Epoch Life Podcast

NGS Navigators Podcast

CDE Foundation Lunch Bites Podcast

Leading Equity Podcast

Education Week

STEM4Real is a 2022 EALA New Champion Runner-Up!

STEM4Real Can Speak On

  • Justice for Science: Making the Case for Access and Equity in Science Education
  • Dismantle or Bust: How to Lead 4 Justice in STEM Education
  • Stop Just Checking the Equity Box: How to Move from Learning to Action
  • Racism in the Classroom is Inherent: How to Recognize, Dismantle and Rebuild
  • Where are our Black, Brown and Indigenous Students in STEM? Achieving an Equitable Education for All
  • Educators as Gatekeepers: Why you can't avoid equity and justice-oriented professional development
We must create a sense of belonging and identity that celebrates the diversity in our student populations. Let’s create equitable outcomes in STEM for all, #4Real!


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Teaching STEM #4Real podcast

Teaching STEM #4Real podcast


Dr. Leena Bakshi

Dr. Leena Bakshi

Dr. Leena Bakshi

Dr. Leena Bakshi

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