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Coalition Update:
Coalition Makes Recommendations on ESSA to State Policymakers
The STEM Education Coalition sent a letter to state policymakers across the nation. The letter outlines the Coalition's recommendations for the state-level implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA, passed by a bipartisan majority in Congress, puts a broad array of key decisions affecting teaching and learning back into the hands of states and districts. The Coalition calls upon states to utilize this authority and new high-leverage funding opportunities to make STEM education a high priority at the state and district level. 
Top Article:
Congress Faces Range of Education Issues in Next Session
With President-elect Donald Trump waiting in the wings, the Republican majority in Congress will have the opportunity to tackle a host of education issues when its next session begins in 2017, from funding for disadvantaged and special education students and college access and affordability issues, to student-data privacy and career and technical education. At the same time, there will be significant turnover in some key positions: In addition to Trump's selection of school choice advocate Betsy DeVos to be education secretary, the House education committee will have a new leader, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.
Read more here.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Number of International Students Studying STEM in U.S. Jumps 10 Percent
The Journal
The number of international students studying STEM subjects in the United States grew 10.1 percent from November 2015 to November 2016, according to a recent study published by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal law enforcement agency. There are 1.23 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status studying at 8,697 schools in the United States, according to ICE's latest "SEVIS by the Numbers" data. 
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Five Toys That Will Get Kids of All Ages Interested in Technology
It's that magical time of year, when you can force your own interests on other people via the act of gifting. If you're interested in technology and want to make sure the children in your life grow up with similar knowledge (more than just how to text or use an iPad), then holiday gifts are a good way to spark that interest. There will always be Minecraft, but beyond that, there's a seemingly endless number of toys and games that help shape the minds of future tech-heads.
Read more here. 
Around the Community:
2016 Learning Zone Minecraft Oceans Competition
EUMETSAT is launching a Minecraft satellite-building competition for 6-16 year olds. The goal is for Minecrafters to build a model of the Sentinel-3 or Jason-3 ocean-monitoring satellites, or to get creative and design their own satellite and/or ocean monitoring system.
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Dare 2B Digital Innovation Challenge Winners Released Dare 2B Digital and the Downey Unified School District announced the winners of the Dare 2B Digital Innovation Challenge. In this Challenge, young innovators who attend middle schools within Downey Unified were asked to form teams (2-5 students) and develop an innovative and feasible solution in one of five categories: Space & Transportation; Environment; Health & Wellness; Cybersecurity & Law Enforcement; and Media & Entertainment.
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The New York Academy of Sciences Announces New STEM Education Certification Program  
A new framework for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education that promotes 21st-century skills development was announced by the New York Academy of Sciences. The Global STEM Alliance (GSA) STEM Education Framework is based on the latest learning science and education research. It was developed by the New York Academy of Sciences, a 200-year-old institution dedicated to advancing scientific research, education, and policy, and SRI Education, a divisio n of SRI International and an established leader in STEM education research, instructional design, implementation, and evaluation.
Read more here.
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