The ECASE project is a four year (2012-2016), $25 million cooperative agreement funded by USAID and implemented in Egypt with three US STEM Partners: 21PSTEM, TIES and The Franklin Institute. World Learning is the prime with an office in Cairo. The project goal is to design five Model STEM High Schools for the Ministry of Education that will serve as models for educational transformation throughout Egypt. Currently, two STEM Schools have been established, one for boys and the other for girls. Already, many students from these two schools have received numerous international awards. Project activities include building the capacity of the Ministry of Education to use these schools as models of best practices in STEM education and to train and mentor future STEM professionals.
21PSTEM’s role in the project is the development of a new, projected-based, integrated STEM curriculum backward-designed based on Egypt’s Grand Challenges. 21PSTEM is also responsible for designing a new proficiency-based assessment system which includes newly designed multiple measures of college readiness. The PARLO approach and the Tracker software is setup for each school.
Mr. F. Joseph Merlino, 21PSTEM Project Director
Dr. John Baker, Assessment/Curriculum
Ms. Nancy Burns, Operations
Ms. Donna Cleland, Assessment/Curriculum
Dr. Gary Cooper, Leadership Development
Ms. Deanna Daugherty, PARLO Tracker
Dr. Steve Kramer, Assessment/Curriculum
Ms. Vivian Loewenstern, Assessment/Curriculum
Mr. Bates Mandel, Assessment/Curriculum
Dr. Deborah Pomeroy, Director of Curriculum
Mr. Dave Taylor, PARLO Tracker
Dr. John Weathers, Assessment
Dr. Frederic Bertley
Ms. Janice Morrison
Mr. Eric Corens
Mr. Hany Attalla
Dr. Reda Abouserie
Abouserie, R., & Merlino, F. J. (2014, April). A Revolution inside a revolution: Tales of radical educational transformation in a New Egypt, part 1. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Baker, J. Y., Mandel, K. B., & Weathers, J. M. (2014, April). Role of assessment in the development of a STEM school curriculum. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Pomeroy, D., Merlino, F. J., & Morrison, J. S. (2014, April). “Grand Challenges” as the design principle for a trans-disciplinary curriculum developed for model stem schools in Egypt. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Start Date: September 2012
Duration: 4 years
Total Award: $4,322,708
Fiscal Agent: World Learning
21PSTEM Project Director: F. Joseph Merlino
Partners: The Franklin Institute, TIES, and World Learning