Our Mission

The Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy supports high-quality STEM education and college readiness initiatives through programs and services that build capacity for successful teaching and student learning. We conduct research to improve teaching and learning in the STEM disciplines and provide information and insight to education policy makers.

Mission pillars and goals:

Pillar Goal
Teachers Increase the number of qualified STEM education professionals by utilizing a variety of innovative programs that educate, support, and enhance employment opportunities.
Students Prepare students for successful, fulfilling careers by providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college
Research Conduct ongoing research and collaborate with other research centers to offer evidence-based insights into potential advancements in STEM education
Policy & Leadership Play a leadership role in developing curricula and standards, advocating for STEM education policy in Louisiana.

How the pillars influence our process:

Process Description
Teachers to Students We implement teacher training in the classroom to enhance their skills and effectiveness. 
Students to Research Through research, we actively listen to and learn from students about areas that need improvement.
Research to Policy & Leadership This research informs and guides our support and implementation of necessary policy changes. 
Policy & Leadership to Teachers Additionally, we provide tailored training programs for teachers, focusing on educating them about policy changes and introducing them to new innovative practices.