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Coalition Update:
Coalition Publishes 2014 Annual Report
The Coalition published it's Annual Report for 2014, highlighting its activities, accomplishments, and major media coverage of its work over the past year. 
Top Article:
Senators Say They've Made Progress to Update No Child Left Behind Education Law
The Salt Lake Tribune

Two key senators said Monday that they've made significant progress on a bipartisan effort to update the No Child Left Behind law and hope it will be ready for committee action in mid-April. Congress for years has been stymied on the best way to renew the much maligned law. The announcement of progress on a bipartisan Senate deal comes after House Republican leaders abruptly canceled a vote on a GOP bill last month after conservative opposition made passage uncertain.

Read more here.   

Stay in the Know:
Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Some Parents Across the Country are Revolting Against Standardized Testing
The Washington Post
A growing number of parents are re  fusing to let their children take standardized tests this year, arguing that civil disobedience is the best way to change what they say is a destructive overemphasis on tests in the nation's public schools.
Read more here.
Jeb Bush Throws His Support Behind More Federally Funded Science Research

The Huffington Post 

In what will surely be music to the scientific community's ears, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Saturday night  pledged his support for increasing federal funding for biomedical research. Speaking at Pizza Ranch in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the very likely presidential candidate was asked by an audience member what he would do to pursue a cure for Alzheimer's.

Read more here. 

Invest in American Science
The Hill
Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), testified last week before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies. His request? Ensure that the United States remains the world's pioneer in biomedical research and discovery.
How Technology Can Help Close the Skills Gap in STEM Education
The Huffington Post
A new report from the Education Testing Servic es (ETS) group highlights a relatively silent but highly urgent problem in America: the skills gap in STEM  (science, technology, education, and math) education. What we mean by "skills gap" is the mismatch between the kinds of skills employers say they need compared to the skills our students possess.
Read more here.
Have You Heard the One About the Shrimp and the Treadmill?

Huston Chronicle  

Did you hear the one about the shrimp on the treadmill? It's a classic tale of how a government-funded study became shorthand among conservatives for wasteful spending. The researchers who studied the shrimp on a miniature treadmill were ridiculed. The little critter himself wound up on the wrong end of a political skewer, an all-you-can-eat buffet of cruel jokes by everyone from politicians to the AARP. A YouTube video of the shrimp doing its crustacean cardio has been watched more than 1.9 million times.

Read more here. 

From Around the Community


Leaders To Learn From: Michael Lin


Career Changers to Teachers: An Investment

Why would a corporation invest in losing a good employee to a teaching career? This is a question that arises whenever I talk about career changers. The answer to this question is two fold. First, it's all about the future. This country is in need of STEM teachers, teachers who have a deep knowledge of the subjects they teach.

Read more here.  


Fresh Fossil Studies Rewrite the History of Humanity's Genus Homo

West Virginia University Launches Teacher-Training
Program for STEM Teachers

West Virginia University has launched a teacher-training program for secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers.

Read more here.



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In This Newsletter
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Upcoming Events

March 14, 2015

Reid Temple's Tutorial Ministry 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





Deadline April 1, 2015

DARPA Student Video Contest on Societal Implications of Robotics 





April 16-17, 2015  

STEM Conference





April 18, 2015

National Math Fair






May 16-17, 2015

The Second Annual Stamford STEMfest





July 29-31, 2015

Summer Institute






Coming in 2015

TechOut Oakland, TechOut Houston + TechOut OC





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