Grant from Innovate Foundation Boosts STEM Teaching Fellows Initiative

Author: Bill Schmitt

The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education has received a $100,000 grant from Innovate Foundation in support of the center’s Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows program.


“Partnering with Innovate Foundation is such a privilege,” said Dr. Matthew Kloser, director of the center. “The gift will allow us to expand our professional development offerings with the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows and create new opportunities for engaging schools that serve the most in need in the Bay Area and beyond.”

The Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows initiative, launched last year at Notre Dame with generous gifts from the Trustey and Sweeney families, is a unique, competitive, and formative program to increase student interest and learning in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

This two-and-a-half-year, collaborative program of professional development, conducted by the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education, supports a mix of early career and veteran STEM teachers for students from a variety of backgrounds.

Based in Palo Alto, CA, Innovate Foundation is a family foundation that supports educational entrepreneurs who are improving student outcomes in low-income communities through innovative education models.

Originally published by Bill Schmitt at on November 13, 2015.