Principals as STEM Leaders – Building the Evidence Base for Improved STEM Learning (PASL) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, under the Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM – Embracing the Digital Age measure of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). This project will deliver three programs of professional learning (each comprising 4-6 modules) aimed at developing the capabilities of principals for leading school-wide ongoing enhancement of STEM teaching and learning.

The PASL project responds to the need for a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skilled workforce to ensure Australia remains globally competitive. The Australian Government is committed to increasing the STEM capability of schools, and for increased enrolments in STEM related subjects in schools to ensure young Australians have the capabilities they need to live and work in a globalised world.

Principals are key to creating environments in which teachers can succeed in improving STEM learning outcomes in our schools. There is an increasing array of resources that focus on developing STEM skills for both students and teachers, but little that focus on principals. To complement and ensure these resources are effectively harnessed, the PASL project has developed a robust approach to developing the capabilities needed to lead whole-of-school efforts that  result in positive STEM learning and teaching cultures that promote enhanced student engagement and learning outcomes.



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