CIESE was founded in 1988 to improve K-12 science and
mathematics education through the use of technology.
Drawing upon Stevens' years of experience as the first
college in the country to require students to own a computer
(1982), early CIESE programs utilized mathematics 'tool'
software for exploration of mathematical concepts.
Since 1988, CIESE programs and activities have reached
more than 20,000 educators worldwide through grants and
contracts totaling more than $22 million. CIESE has received
accolades from the White House Office of Science and
Technology Policy, the American Association for the Advancement
of Science, the National Science Teachers Association,
and others. CIESE's projects were selected as one of
only six technology demonstrations in the category "Improving
Instruction to Meet High Standards," at the 2001 National
In 1993, CIESE received one of the nation's first grants
($2.9 million from the National Science Foundation
Networking Infrastructure in Education Program )
to explore Internet use in K-12 science education. This
program reached approximately 3,000 teachers from nearly
700 schools in New Jersey with professional development
that utilized unique and compelling Internet-based curriculum
materials and provided a platform upon which CIESE has
built national and international programs.
In 1998, CIESE oversaw a $9.3 million U.S. Department
of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant ( Alliance+ )
to help teachers better understand and implement Internet-based
resources. Over 8,000 teachers in Arizona , Florida ,
and Ohio were trained during the five-year period in
a two-tiered turnkey training program. This 30-hour graduate-level
professional development program, known as Savvy
Cyber Teacher ® , assists
teachers in implementing quantitative, inquiry-based
science and mathematics curricula. More information can
be found at: www.savvycyberteacher.org.
Independent evaluations of Savvy Cyber Teacher- trained
educators by Harcourt Educational Measurement show impact
on student achievement and teacher instructional practice.
In a sample of selected Alliance + classrooms, 86% of
students showed noteworthy gains on the science and mathematics
learning objectives. Teachers reported spending less
time lecturing; being more comfortable with small group
activities; using more cooperative learning techniques;
feeling better prepared to teach for different learning
styles; being better teachers of problem-solving; and
feeling more competent at presenting complex materials
In October 2003, CIESE became the recipient of a $1.5 million
grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education's Preparing
Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) program.
This program will create both an online library of technology-based
learning objects to promote constructivist learning in community
colleges, as well as a faculty development program, the Savvy
Cyber Professor. This project extends CIESE's efforts
in integration of real time data into the undergraduate curriculum.
Building upon the success of Savvy Cyber Teacher® ,
Savvy Cyber Professor will assist higher education
faculty, using online and face-to-face training materials,
to provide instruction for the development and use of real
world data resources to improve science and mathematics achievement.
CIESE became part of the Charles V. Schaefer School of Engineering
at Stevens Institute of Technology in February 2004. Current
K-12 efforts in curriculum and professional development have
been extended to encompass higher education, especially innovation
in engineering through working more closely with Stevens'
faculty and researchers.
CIESE's enhanced mission is to catalyze and support excellence
in teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering,
mathematics (STEM) and other core subjects through innovative,
research-based instructional strategies and use of novel
CIESE collaborates with K-12 and university educators, researchers,
policymakers and educational organizations to develop curriculum
materials, conduct professional development programs, and
research new methodologies to strengthen STEM education.
Dedicated to improving K-16 STEM education through the meaningful
and effective integration of technology, CIESE fosters the
use of research-based instructional methodologies and technologies
to improve and pioneer novel technologies to explore and
better understand their impact on improved education and