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Coalition Updates:
ESSA Day of Action
Mark your calendar for an important Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Day of Action on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd.  Education groups across the country will be contacting Governors and other state officials to let them know STEM should be a priority in state ESSA plans. Our partners at 100Kin10 have prepared an excellent messaging toolkit with template talking points, emails, and social content. This Day of Action is fueled by the Every Student Succeeds with STEM effort; please share your Day of Action story and let us know how you participated here.
Coalition Statement on Women in STEM Bills
The STEM Ed ucation Coalition is very pleased that President Trum p will sign a pair of bipartisan bills into law that will authorize NASA and the National Science Foundation to bolster their efforts to bring more women and girls into the critical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Our Coalition supports comprehensive efforts to expand the capacity and diversity of the STEM workforce pipeline, including targeted initiatives to promote the inclusion of underrepresented minorities, women, and other high-need populations in STEM fields.
Top Article:
Secretary DeVos Speaks at Magnet Schools of America National Policy Conference
Department of Education
"Good Afternoon: Thank you for that kind introduction Todd, and thank you for inviting me to be here with you. I want to begin by expressing my appreciation for all you do. I would like to share some thoughts on how I hope to support your important work, but first, let me just comment on something you may have seen on TV."
Read the full remarks here.
Stay in the Know:
Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Scientists Take on New Roles in K-12 Classrooms
Education Week
As schools work to implement the Next Generation Science Standards, practicing scientists are also rethinking how they work with schools to advance understanding of their field. The National Board on Science Education, part of the National Academies of Science, brought together science educators and members of professional science groups like the American Chemical Society last month to discuss guidance for developing partnerships between scientists and teachers.
A STEM Story for Early STEM Learning
The Joan Ganz Cooney Center
Watch a group of young children in a community garden. They'll dig in the soil, find and play with earthworms and insects, plant seeds in patches of sunlight, and come back to watch them sprout, grow, and bear fruit. With a little help, these kids can be doing more than simply playing in the dirt. They can be learning the beginnings of environmental science and plant biology and practicing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Around the Community:
Job Opening: Director of STEM Policy at Afterschool Alliance
This position offers an experienced professional an excellent opportunity to build on the gains made to date in advancing afterschool STEM and cement the role of afterschool programs in national and state STEM education policies and initiatives. Working with the Vice President of Policy, the STEM Policy Director will lead the STEM policy work for the Afterschool Alliance and ensure that it is well-supported by research and communications.

Grant Opportunity: Upward Bound Math and Science Program
The UB Program is a discretionary grant program that supports projects designed to provide students with the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter into, and succeed in, a program of postsecondary education. There are three types of grants under the UB Program: UB; Veterans UB; and UB Math and Science (UBMS) grants. The UBMS Program supports projects designed to prepare high school students for postsecondary education programs that lead to careers in the fields of math and science.

Dr. Orlando-Marquez C. Kittrell selected to present at the 30th Annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education
Dr. Orlando-Marquez C. Kittrell, foundi ng director of the Office of State G rants (OSG), will present "Make STEM Education Great Again: The Challenges of Creating an Intentional and Transformational Pipeline for Historically Underrepresented College Students" at the NCORE 2017 conference which will be held May 30th through June 3rd in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Kittrell's presentation will examine the reasons why now more than ever, historically underrepresented high school students in the United States are seeking to explore professions in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
STEM Magazine: February Issue
Check out this month's issue of STEM magazine and read about a variety of topics including articles about hypersonic flight and cell phone implants.

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