How do we address stale curriculum and make teaching exciting? Specifically, how do we change plans in STEM subjects that can often lack the excitement needed to encourage students to study further. Perhaps we need something to help our teachers reach new heights; maybe we need innovative and robust methods of teaching that incorporate technology as a means to capture the minds of a generation of tech savvy students. What do you think? (let us know on twitter #STEMtember)

University of Washington Bothell Professor Robin Angotti will tell you that technology is NOT a panacea to fix a lack of deep conceptual understanding, nor is it a fix for bad teaching. Though don’t take her passion the wrong way;  Robin stands proud as an innovator in math curriculum, looking to bridge the gap with a generation of tech savvy learners. From someone who once “didn’t quite get it” when it came to math, Robin is now amongst a generation of teachers whom we need desperately; the bold, the aware, the innovative teacher seeking to find a way to reach students who don’t connect with conventional methods of learning.

Learn what Robin is up to in our latest edition to Heroes of STEMtember:

What do you think of the work Robin is doing? Feel free to let us know on Twitter #STEMtember, in the comments below, or on Faceboook.

Are you a supporter of teachers like Robin? Check out the blog post “Supporting America’s Teachers” about the soon-to-be-released film, American Teacher. Microsoft Partners in Learning has teamed up to support this film as part of our ongoing efforts to support the teaching profession and encourage broad dialogue about the importance of having great teachers in our nation’s classrooms.

“American Teacher tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system—the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across the country. The feature-length documentary brings together educational experts, student interviews, and a year of documenting the day-to-day lives and sacrifices of public school teachers.  American Teacher raises important questions about how we value our strongest, most committed, and most effective teachers, and the ripple effect this has on how our children learn and their potential for future success.” Read the full story and see how you can be part of this effort here.

Editor’s Note: We have declared this month #STEMtember to build awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Earlier in the month we released some research into how parents and students view STEM education and we’re publishing profiles of people