K-12 Education

In today’s world, success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know. Now more than ever, it’s important for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering and math—subjects collectively known as STEM.

STEM education is designed to build students’ rigor with complex subject matter, and produce critical thinkers and problem-solvers who can thrive in the 21st century economy.

K-12 STEM and Project-Based Learning Opportunities

New Essential Ed Website Provides Resources for Educators

Regional effort supports the transition to remote learning

In partnership with its component school districts, the Capital Region BOCES launched a new website complete with curriculum resources for K-12 educators to support them in the transition to remote learning during the school closure.

The Essential Ed website houses high-quality curriculum planning resources aligned with priority learning standards. Material on the site is optimized for educators and focuses specifically on K-8 math and ELA, middle school science and social studies, and Regents courses. The site is not intended to be used directly by students or parents but is intended to help educators plan standard-specific lessons and units for students.

The development of this website was an incredible undertaking and involved a dedicated team of professionals lead by Lauren Gemmill, Capital Region BOCES’ Deputy District Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Educators, communications and web development staff, and technology experts worked tirelessly to launch this new online resource in two weeks!

Launching this website would not have been possible without the collaboration and dedication of teacher volunteers throughout the Capital Region, who took on this work in addition to their own teaching responsibilities.

Innovative, STEM-Focused Approaches to High School


Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) are innovative high school programs led by BOCES’ throughout our region in partnership with business and industry, higher education and K-12 education. These programs are designed to help address two issues that adversely impact the regional economy—rising student loan debt and employers struggling to find qualified workers.

P-TECH in Our Region

Become a STEM Educator

STEM teachers at all levels are in high demand: it is projected that at least 10,000 more STEM teachers will be needed over the next 10 years.

Learn how you can use your passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics to inspire and educate today’s students: