WASHINGTON, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Education Foundation (NEF) CyberLearning, the national nonprofit leader in K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), English, Social Studies, SAT/ACT, IT, Business and Management (+) education solutions, announces that Sidney Public Schools, NE, wins its 2016 STEM+ Leadership Merit Award.
Sidney students advanced a grade level in math and reading in 29 and 35 learning hours respectively, a phenomenal achievement.
Lehighton Schools, PA wins the 2016 STEM Leadership Grand Award for $10,000. Other STEM+ Merit Award winners are the school districts in Canton (NY), Martins Ferry (OH), Steubenville (OH) and Warren County (PA). These school districts are being recognized for their student's distinguished STEM+ achievements. The STEM+ Merit Awards carry monetary rewards from NEF.
The STEM+ Merit Awards celebrates the exemplary implementation of the NEF-State University of New York (SUNY) STEM+ Academy, which creates such student success because it includes personalized learning, teacher stipends, student rewards, and teacher & parent training.
According to Sidney's Superintendent Jay Ehler, "It is a great honor and privilege to be recognized with an award of this magnitude from such a prestigious group as NEF. We are fortunate to have such a strong partnership with NEF, and look forward to expanding our STEM+ program districtwide."
NEF Chairman Dr. Appu Kuttan stated, "NEF is concerned that the U.S. is ranked 27th out of 34 countries in math and science. Our world-class STEM+ Academies help students in disadvantaged schools across the nation improve their STEM+ skills, and better prepare them for jobs in the highly competitive 21st century global economy."
The award winners' success stands out as a clear example of how to cost-effectively improve student achievement by involving and motivating all the stakeholders—students, teachers, parents, and administrators.
In addition to these annual awards, NEF provides 80% STEM matching grants to disadvantaged school districts nationwide. Lehighton's STEM+ Academy was fully funded by the Federal QZAB (www.qzab.org) program and NEF's significant matching grant.
Through the QZAB, STEM+, and Adopt-A-School grant initiatives, NEF has created the most cost-effective and high quality STEM+ education solution in the U.S., mapped to every state's standards.
NEF has STEM+ Academies in 20 states and in several major cities. NEF's ultimate goal is to provide STEM+ education to all students in the most disadvantaged school districts in the U.S. by 2020.
For information about NEF's grant programs for students, jobseekers, teachers, or veterans, contact NEF at 703-823-9999 or visit www.cyberlearning.org.
For STEM+ Academy Grants, visit: www.cyberlearning.org/stemgrant.
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SOURCE National Education Foundation - CyberLearning