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Coalition Update:
The STEM Education Coalition Asks for Organizations to Join onto a Sign-On Letter
Earlier this week, the Coalition asked STEM stakeholders and interested organizations to join onto a sign-on letter that calls for state and local policymakers to prioritize STEM in their new state ESSA implementation plan. If your organization is interested in joining the sign-on letter, please email Lindsey Gardner of the Coalition at  lgardner@stemedcoalition.org with your organization's name and contact info. The deadline to sign on is Friday, November 4.
Top Article:
Obama Administration Pushes New Block Grant
Politico
The Obama administration today is urging states and school districts to use funding through a new block grant created by the Every Student Succeeds Act for a "well-rounded education." That includes funding to expand and improve technology, music, arts, social studies, civics, computer science and more. 
Read more here. 
Stay in the Know:
Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Google: Race, Gender Gaps Persist in Computer Science Education
USA Today
New research from Google shows that black students are less likely to have computer science classes in school and are less likely to use computers at home even though they are 1.5 times more interested in studying computer science than their white peers.The findings are part of a report released Tuesday by Google in partnership with Gallup that puts the spotlight on the racial and gender gap in K-12 computer science education. Google says its aim with the research, which surveyed thousands of students, parents, teachers, principals and superintendents, is to increase the numbers of women, blacks and Latinos in computer science.
Read more here.
Trends in the State of Computer Science in U.S. K-12 Schools
Gallup
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Although crucial to U.S. students' future success, access to a computer science (CS) education is still not universal. Education leaders must better understand the perceptions of CS and access to CS learning opportunities to maximize students' potential for growth in an ever-changing technological world. The findings in this report present positive growth in the area of CS with more principals reporting in Year 2 than in Year 1 that their school offers a CS class with programming or coding. Additionally, the study shows that key concepts, including computational thinking (CT), are being incorporated into classes.
Around the Community:
Honda North America Contest for STEM Students Honda North America has just started a new contest where STEM students can win a visit from Honda Robotics products including ASIMO. They are looking for robotics or engineering students to do a video, photo or essay detailing how they think the world will be affected by robotics by the year 2066.
Read more here.

U.S. Department of Education Accepting Nominations for Advisory Board

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking qualified candidates for four positions on its National Assessment Governing Board. The Governing Board sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation's Report Card.
Read more here.

STEM Magazine: October Issue
Check out this month's issue of STEM magazine and read about a variety of topics including articles about energy, math and science majors, and teaching.
 
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We appreciate your continued support and involvement. 

 

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