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Coalition Updates:
North American Association for Environmental Education Joins Leadership Council
Today we are excited to announce the addition of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) to the STEM Education Coalition's Leadership Council. For more than four decades, NAAEE  has been a leader in promoting excellence in environmental education throughout North America.

Coalition Submits Key Principles on Perkins Reauthorization
greyscale-drafting.jpgIn response to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions  beginning to review and prepare legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the STEM Education Coalition submitted a letter to Senator Michael Enzi and Senator Bob Casey regarding several important issues.
Top Article:
Will STEM Education Be The Child Left Behind?

Leaders in business, education and politics love to talk up how important Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education is for America's future. Innovations! Jobs! Progress! are all at stake, they often argue. Just last week, President Obama hosted scores of mostly young people for an evening of stargazing and fun space talk at the second-ever White House Astronomy Night.
Read more here
Stay in the Know:
Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Proposed Budget Deal Could Make ESEA Reauthorization Easier
Education Week
White House officials and congressional leaders have reached a tentative two-year budget deal that would lift the mandatory caps on spending known as sequestration, and potentially created an easier path for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to be reauthorized. The 144-page "discussion draft" was agreed to yesterday, after negotiations between leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate and officials in President Barack Obama's administration.
Education Week
After some tricky political negotiations, Rep. Paul Ryan is poised to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. So what does the Wisconsin Republican's record indicate he could do regarding education policy? There's the immediate and momentous question of how he'll deal with reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. 
Read more here 
Education Week
As states begin receiving results from assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, international education consultant and former OECD analyst Vanessa Shadoian-Gersing takes a look at the Common Core's global roots as well as their goal of promoting the 21st century skills that high-performing education systems around the world are also working to incorporate.
Read more here 
After one week, the federal government has received nearly 3,000 comments about its proposal to expand the amount of time a foreign STEM student can work in the U.S. on a student visa. Not surprisingly, most comments are supporting the changes proposed by the Obama administration.
Around the Community
National Geographic Breakthrough 
On November 1st, National Geographic Channel, in partnership with GE, will premiere Breakthrough, a revolutionary new series about scientific discoveries that will change our lives in the immediate future and beyond. Breakthrough explores lifesaving and mind-boggling innovation in brain science, longevity, water, energy, pandemics and cyborg technology. The series follows some of the world's leading scientists and captures the courage, imagination and sacrifice behind their remarkable breakthroughs.
Watch trailer here

Are They Learning?
Children go through eleven years of grade school and then many go onto college and higher education. They spend their childhood and teenage years in an educational system that prepares them to be an independent adult and a productive member of society. However, many wonder how well our current education system is working.
Read more here
More STEM Activities, or actual communication?
Wayne Carley from STEM Magazine explores talking to kids about STEM fields and having deeper conversations versus just giving them more tasks or generic STEM kits.

$1.5 million Goes to Engage Youth in Computational Inquiry in STEM
A new partnership between the UW, TAF and TAF Academy receives $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM+C program to bring together interdisciplinary, project based STEM learning.

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