STEM Education

Best Practices

We shine a light on the best schools, programs and teachers that are creating the next technologists –those who not only know how to use technology, but who understand how it works and apply it to help people overcome challenges.


From developing after-school IT programs for youth to sharing best practices in classroom IT training, we bring you the best in tech-based STEM programs, so that you can implement ideas in your own local area.


Tools to Bring More Students into Tech Classes

Technology teachers and STEM enthusiasts: Would you like to engage more student participation in your courses or afterschool tech programs? Creating IT Futures’ FREE PowerPoint presentation, This Is Where IT Is At! gives you the tools to spread the word about exciting career opportunities in the IT field and to encourage students to get involved in the world of tech.

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Exemplary Schools

Read about El Dorado High School in El Paso, Texas, where students willingly come in on Saturdays to learn more about and work with IT. Want to see the El Dorado students in action? View a video on how students get the training and certifications to graduate IT job ready – whether they are college bound or not.


GameChanger STEM Programs

Whether it’s developing after school IT programs for youth or sharing best practices in classroom-based IT training, our GameChanger video series highlights the best of tech-based STEM programs across the country. In two of our videos, learn lessons for a master teacher for attracting diverse students to IT and keeping them motivated and engaged.


CompTIA BYTE Initiative

CompTIA's BYTE initiative prepares and equips present and future tech leaders to engage with their own children and youth in their community, as well as with local teachers, schools and nonprofits to help next generations become aware of their ability to have a career in tech. The site offers a list of resources for tech leaders, businesses, parents and school officials.

Future Leaders BYTE


More STEM Resources

Throughout preparing our NextUp initiative, we’ve done our own research, but there are also other helpful tools and research available from third parties which we’re happy to share:


Curriculum Development


Youth &Technology


Girls &Technology



Pathways Magazine

Do you really know what a technology career is like? Find out in Pathways Magazine.



A Parent's Guide to The T in STEM Book Cover CAPP Authorized Academy

Many of the schools pursuing best practices in STEM are part of the CompTIA Authorized Academic Partner Program. CompTIA provides valuable tools and resources to assist schools in recruiting, training, certifying and upgrading the skills of their IT students. To join the program, fill out the online application at There is no fee to join.



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Have a suggestion on a school, program or teacher doing inspiration work in the tech part of STEM? Let us know.