The 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education is an independent, non- profit, federally tax exempt organization funded through federal, state and school district contracts to advance literacy and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by partnering with institutions of higher education, economic development entities, other non-profits and school districts. Learn more…

bullet STEM/STEAM Curriculum Design

We offer a range of STEM and STEAM related curriculum services from individual course evaluation and redesign to new school curriculum development including capstones and laboratory activities.

bullet Leadership Development

Master Teacher, Principals, STEM Supervisors.  We offer a range of services based upon research on effective principals, Turnaround Schools, adult motivation theory and classroom evaluation. Our team will assist you in analyzing root cause factors and designing customized school improvement plans.

bullet Research and Evaluation

Randomized Control Tirals, Quasi-experimental, Qualitative, Mixed-methods. We have conducted a wide-range of independent program/policy evaluations, including both efficacy and effectiveness studies, as well as design experiments that use rigorous feedback to develop an effective program.  We are experts in design and data-analysis for experimental and quasi-experimental studies, as well as collection and analysis of survey, interview, and observation data.

bullet Professional Development

Teachers, School/District Leaders, University Faculty, Out-of-School Time Educators.  We create and conduct programs focused on innovative pedagogical approaches, laboratory / project-based activities, curriculum integration / design / development, formative assessment, and data.

bullet Assessments

Formative and Summative, Proficiency-based, and College Readiness Assessments.  Our services range from evaluation and redesign to developing new frameworks to administration, data analysis to developing reporting/feedback systems.

bullet Consulting

Our focus is to inform practice and policy through research tested practices. The team at 21 PSTEM can assist you in a data analysis and assessment, curriculum and instruction, project-based learning, professional development in math and science, leadership issues, observation & post-observation conferencing and Keystone and PARCC support.

 bullet Keystone Graduation Initiative

Beginning in 2016-17, all Pennsylvania high school students will be required to be proficient in three “Keystone Exams” to graduate high school: Algebra1, Biology and Literature.*

21PSTEM has developed a four component suite of interventions in assessment, curriculum, instruction and supervision to assist districts in getting more of their students to score proficient on the Keystones

To learn more contact F. Joseph Merlino at

(*exceptions for special education students and those students who submit projects after failing the exams)

bullet 21PSTEM Leads New Urban Initiative

classroom observation 5 The New Urban STEAM Initiative is the first of its kind in the nation

bullet Three new STEM Schools to be Opened in Egypt.

5-31 cairo press release pictureAfter the successful creation of the Six October and Maadi STEM Schools, 21PSTEM will be helping create three more STEM schools in Egypt.

bullet Three students from Maadi STEM School Awarded in Global Competition.

Maadi Girls press releaseStudents From the Maadi school in Egypt (whose creation was assisted by 21PSTEM) won a global award in science.