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

Essential Ed Website Provides Roadmap to Standards-Based Curriculum

With Essential Ed, educators are just a click away from a full suite of online curricula and instructional resources.

It’s no secret that educators have a lot on their plate. They seldom have adequate time to work with their peers to prioritize and develop course curriculum and student outcomes based on the state’s learning standards. 

As a result, instruction may vary from class to class and building to building within a school district, increasing the chance of inequities in student learning.

The Essential Ed curriculum serves as a roadmap for educators to focus on the knowledge, skills and understanding students need within any given standard.  It also provides a framework for each educator to weave in their content for instruction. Using this approach, planning for instruction becomes standards-based instead of resource-driven.

Learn how you can subscribe to the Essential Ed website for educators.

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: