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Coalition Update:
STEM Education in the FY2017 Budg et
We need your help to ensure the STEM education provisions in the recently-passed Every Student Succeeds Act are funded in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Please let us know if your organization can sign onto a letter to House and Senate leaders supporting STEM education funding in the FY2017 budget by Wednesday, March 16th.
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Top Article:
King Calls for Reauthorization of Perkins Act for Career and Technical Education
U.S. Department of Education
Acting U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. today called on Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides more than $1.1 billion for the nation's career and technical education programs in grades 7-12 and also in post-secondary institutions.
Stay in the Know:
Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Promoting Innovation and Maintaining High Standards in Teacher Education through ESSA
Brookings Institution
On January 28 th Thomas Arnett published an essay here on the Brown Center Chalkboard on changes to teacher preparation programs brought on by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The new provision authorizing states to establish Teacher Preparation Academies will, according to Arnett, "unlock innovation" and enable the field to address its enduring problems.
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White House Adds 15 Communities for 'TechHire' Initiative, Including Seattle
The White House today doubled the amount of communities participating in its "TechHire" initiative that aims to equip Americans with the skills they need to land jobs in the tech industry. Launched one year ago with 21 communities, TechHire brings together private companies with city and state governments to help prepare underemployed folks for tech-related jobs by utilizing both universities and colleges, but also non-traditional education methods like coding bootcamps which provide an accelerated path toward employment.
Read more here.
Computer Science is the Key to America's Skills Crisis
Crunch Network
The United States faces a global competitiveness crisis that, if not addressed, will put our nation at a strategic disadvantage for decades to come. In just a few years, there will be 1.8 million jobs unfilled in our nation because we don't have enough individuals trained with the necessary technical skills to fill them. President Obama's budget proposal, which includes $4 billion for computer science education, is a welcome step, but, candidly, we need a national strategy to solve the fundamental challenge. Today, only one in 10 schools across the U.S. offers programming classes. This must change.
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STEM Magazine: March Issue
Check out this month's issue of STEM magazine and read about a variety of articles including topics such as the human heart, living green, and math, music and movement.

Math and Science Grants of $10,000 and $25,000 Available for Rural School Districts
America's Farmers Grow Rural Education partners with farmers to help school districts fund math and science projects to enhance STEM curriculum in across rural America. Between now and April 1, eligible farmers can nominate an eligible public school district in their community. Nominated school districts can then submit grant applications for a $10,000 or $25,000 math and science grant through April 15, 2016.
Virtual Reality T-Shirt Turns Into Anatomy
The Virtuali-Tee is the ultimate way for kids to learn about the human body. Built with the objective of getting kids excited about STEM subjects, the t-shirt transforms into an animated model of the anatomy when viewed through our app. The t-shirt and app combination has a virtual reality mode that lets you teleport into 360 experiences inside the heart, the bloodstream and the stomach.
Fertile Ground for Learning: The Impact of Urban Farming Initiatives in Milwaukee and New York City
This NEA Foundation case study, focused on public schools in Milwaukee and New York City, gives a terrific way to remedy both of the issues of teachers struggling to engage students in STEM classes and students struggling to understand the relevance of memorizing facts without context: urban farming.

Progress Toward Quality K-12 STEM Education: Resources for Policymakers, Researchers, and Educators
The National Research Council (NRC) highlights 14 indicators of progress in the nation's STEM education, including student learning, educators' capacity, and policy and funding initiatives. Their 2013 report, Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education, argues that collecting data on these indicators can inform monitoring and improve STEM education.

Register Today for the University of Tennessee Design Matters Camp
The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design offers a summer camp for high school students from across the country.  It's all about design - design of the built environment, design thinking, design interpretation and careers in design. Students live on campus for a week and are engaged with both instruction and campus activities.  
Read more here.
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