Programs focused on helping schools to improve instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, were big winners in the latest round of the Education Innovation and Research grants. In fact, of the 18 winners, at least 11 appear to have some sort of STEM twist. EIR, a $120 million program, is intended to help test out and scale up promising practices at the state and district levels. The STEM focus with this year's round of grantees is no surprise. In fact, Congress told the Education Department to funnel at least $50 million of EIR's funding to STEM in fiscal year 2018, which covers this round of grantees.