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About Change the Equation

Change the Equation (CTEq) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative that is mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States. Since its launch in September 2010, CTEq has helped its more than 100 members connect and align their philanthropic and advocacy efforts so that they add up to much more than the sum of their parts.

CTEq’s coalition of members strives to sustain a national movement to improve PreK-12 STEM learning by leveraging and expanding its work focusing on three goals: 

  • Improving PhilanthropyIncrease the impact of corporate philanthropy by emphasizing high quality, scalable programs.
  • Inspiring Youth—Capture the imagination of young people, giving them a solid foundation in STEM and insight into the unlimited postsecondary and career options.
  • Advocating Change—Promote proven state policies and research-based practices that enhance student mastery of and interest in STEM disciplines.

In its inaugural year, the CTEq coalition has: 

  • Released the powerful Vital Signs on the condition of STEM learning in every state in the nation.
  • Harnessed the best thinking and resources of the CTEq coalition in developing Design Principles and a Rubric to foster effective philanthropy.
  • Expanded select, high-quality STEM learning opportunities, thereby inspiring and Igniting Learning for tens of thousands of students nationwide.
  • Launched the STEM is Cool! campaign that showcased innovative, exciting and often unexpected STEM-related work that the CTEq coalition employees do every day.
  • Created STEMtisticSM to spotlight STEM results and guide the STEM conversation through data.

With a clear business perspective, the CTEq coalition will continue to influence and lead the STEM learning movement for improving teaching and all students’ STEM learning, both in the classroom and beyond, by:

  • Developing tools to promote more effective collaboration among STEM stakeholders,
  • Creating communication channels grounded in data, and
  • Speaking as a unified voice while respecting state and local autonomy.


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