Please enjoy this week's STEM Ed update.


Coalition Update:
Coalition Statement on Student Success Act, Amendments

In today's economy every student needs to have a strong foundation in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects in order to land and succeed in virtually any job. Only 45 percent of U.S. high school  graduates are ready for college work in math and only 30 percent are ready in science.  This is unacceptable and should be addressed in the landmark federal K-12 education law.    


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Top Article:
White House Threatens Veto For House Bill To Revise No Child Left Behind
Huffington Post   

The White House is threatening to veto a Republican bill to fix the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law that is set for debate in the House on Wednesday, calling it "a significant step backwards. "Republicans say the bill would restore local control in schools and stop top-down education mandates. Democrats say it would allow billions in federal dollars to flow out without ensuring they will improve student learning.

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Stay in the Know:
Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Despite Hiccups, House Nearing the Finish Line In NCLB Rewrite Debate
Education Week  

The House adjourned late last evening before it was able to finalize consideration of a laundry list of amendments filed to a Republican-backed rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act.Working late into the night, lawmakers adopted more than a dozen of the 44 amendments filed to the federal K-12 overhaul, including a measure that would allow school districts to use locally designed tests in lieu of state tests.  

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Roads, Schools Common ground at National Governors Association
New Hampshire Union Leader
Republican and Democratic governors found common ground on tranmath-teacher-student.jpgsportation and education in three days of  meetings in Washington, D.C., with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan helping lead the conversation on education and workforce training for the National Governors Association.
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Arne Duncan blasts House effort to revise No Child Left Behind
The Washington Post
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is blasting House Republicans' effort to rewrite the federal No Child Left Behind law, saying that the bill - which is expected to pass easily along party lines - would be "devastating" for minority children in the nation's poorest schools and school districts.
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Lawmakers File Amendments Ahead of House Debate to Overhaul NCLB

Education Week

The U.S. House of Representatives is slated to begin debating a Republican-backed rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act on Wednesday, with final passage expected Friday afternoon. Ahead of the three-day debate, lawmakers submitted more than 100 amendments they plan to offer in hopes of altering the bill more to their liking.

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Why Chevron Is Helping Fund STEM Education
Over the last year, I've become more interested in the Maker Movement and programs that focus on STEM education - science, technology, engineering and math. Like many people, I believe the U.S. education system  needs to do more to get kids interested in math and science, as technology sits at the heart of new job creation and is impacting our lives in ways none of us could have imagined 50 years ago.
Read more here.

From Around the Community

The Next MacGyver:" Global Contest Seeks New TV Show About Female Engineers

Going The Distance

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program rewards students who have succeeded both inside and outside of the classroom-and who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance. It's a reward for what you've made of yourself and the difference you are making for others.
Career Changers: First Step to Becoming a Teacher

Changing careers to become a teacher is not always an easy step to take, but it is one that can bring rewards far beyond what you might imagine.  In this and future articles, I plan to offer you information that will ease that journey into teaching and make the end result something you enjoy as a new teacher.

Read more here. 



Policy Brief: Educational Equity: Challenges for Educator Effectiveness

With increasingly diverse student populations, educational equity is a bigger challenge than ever for public schools across the United States. While federal government, states, and school districts work to identify and address the root causes of equity gaps, efforts are often hampered by a limited body of research-based strategies and approaches that work best.

Dow and Project Lead The Way Partner to Grow STEM Skills in Key Dow Communities
To kick off national Engineers Week, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) announced a significant partnership to increase K-12 students' access to high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs. Through a $400,000 commitment, Dow will fund PLTW programs in 17 schools in Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. These 17 schools enroll more than 14,000 students, and about half of these students are minority students.

Parent's GUIDE To Helping STEM Students Build Outstanding Skills 
EngineeringCareerLauncher.com founder Don Gallagher has built a strong parental guide to help STEM students master outstanding life and career skills.
Read more here.
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In This Newsletter
Quick Links
Upcoming Events

March 4, 2015

Mastering the Most Challenging Math Standards With Rigorous Instruction  





March 14, 2015

Join Reid Temple's  Tutorial Ministry for their Spring STEM fair





March 18-21, 2015

NAAC 25th

Annual Conference





March 23-25, 2015

United States Fab Lab Network Symposium





Throughout March 2015

Microsoft & Kashmir Robotics 

DaVinci Challenge: Build a Drone





April 16-17, 2015  

STEM Conference





April 18, 2015

National Math Fair






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