Dr. Heidi Carlone (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from The Cemala Foundation for the project “STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative: Growing capacity for STEM in high-needs elementary schools.” This focus of this project is an Introductory Summer Institute for 60 teachers (20/year for three years) to support their implementation of quality science and engineering (STEM), the abstract notes. This effort is a part of the STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative (STEM TLC), a network of elementary teachers and teacher educators committed to nurturing STEM equity and empowering teacher leaders with STEM education. The funding will help grow the STEM TLC beyond the 60 teachers who have already participated in our professional development. The Summer Institute introduces teachers to an award-winning curriculum [Engineering is Elementary (EiE)], developed by the Museum of Science Boston. EiE is interdisciplinary, collaborative, hands-on, and demands 21st century skills. The long-term goal is to transform elementary STEM education in the NC Piedmont by supporting, connecting and retaining STEM-capable elementary teachers.