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International Initiatives

Indonesia

Teachers College has joined Columbia's Center for Environment, Economy, and Society (CEES), and the Institut Pertanian Bogor in Indonesia to improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects in Indonesian high schools.  The project--School Action for Innovation in Science (SAInS)--is being funded by USAID over three years.  In spring 2013, OIA hosted the first major component of the SAInS program, a New York-based study tour for a delegation of key Indonesian educators.  The study tour prepared participants to increase their schools' capacity to offer experiential learning opportunities for students, and to build teachers' capacity to better motivate science and mathematics learners through innovative teaching methodologies. Program activities included classroom lectures presented by top experts in the field of STEM education, as well as site visits to outstanding NYC high schools and leading educational institutions dedicated to promoting science learning among the general public. In year two of the project, faculty from CEES and TC will travel to Indonesia to build on the study tour activities and facilitate local workshops.