Please enjoy this week's STEM Ed update.


Coalition Updates:

Coalition Statement on House's America COMPETES Act Reauthorization Act
Our Coalition is pleased with the focus on STEM education in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015, which would put in place a more robust system to coordinate and improve the extensive portfolio of STEM education programs operated by many different federal agencies. 
Read more here.
TOP Article:

Senate ESEA Push Yields Huge Victory for STEM Education

Thanks to the leadership of Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Patty Murray (D-WA), an amendment was adopted by the Committee in a vote of 12-10 to include a dedicated STEM K-12 program in the final bill, ensuring that states would continue to receive dedicated support for STEM activities from the U.S. Department of Education.

Read more here. 

Stay in the Know:
Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
New Bill Proposed to Aid STEM Programs
Big Island Now
United States Senator Brian Schatz, along with Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, introduced the Inspiring New STEM Professionals by Investigating in Renovation of Education Spaces Act of 2015 on Wednesday. The INSPIRES Act of 2015, according to Senator Schatz, would give school districts, community colleges, and other educational institutions funding for modernizing, renovating, or repairing STEM and career and technical education facilities.
Read more here.
Millennials Are Failing Because We Are Failing Them: The STEM Gap
Many of today's Millennial students lack the skills necessary to fill the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) positions of tomorrow. Furthermore, a majority of U.S. students from low-income and minority households have an even greater gap when it comes to STEM knowledge. These shortages in STEM talent have broad implications, not only for our current and future workforce, but also for the burgeoning middle class we hope to foster.
Read more here.
What Can Technology Do for Tomorrow's Children?
By Arne Duncan
Press Release
School looks different today than it did even a handful of years ago. Teaching and learning is changing-in exciting ways-because the world is changing.  We now live in a global economy with a knowledge-based marketplace, where the ultimate measure of our success is becoming less about what we know, but more about what we do with what we know, and learning new skills to fit a rapidly changing world.
Read more here.
What the future of science education should look like
The Washington Post
Science is one of those subjects that everybody agrees is of the highest importance but somehow m anages to get short shrift when it comes to policy. In t he following post, Arthur H. Camins looks at where science education has been and what it should look like. Camins is the director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.
Read more here.
7 things to know about STEM careers
CBS News
Occupations employing the largest percentages of Americans often don't pay well, and it's likely little surprise that fatter paychecks can be found in the seemingly harder-to-land jobs in science, technology engineering and math, the so-called STEM jobs.The more than 8.3 million STEM jobs counted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 201 4 represented 6.2 percent of total U.S. employment, roughly the same as those working as lesser-paid retail salespeople or cashiers. Those of all U.S. employment, at 4.6 million and 3.4 million, respectively.
Read more here.

From Around the Community

The Golden Goose Awards

J.C. Nalle Community School: A Study of a School Turnaround Effort - Executive Summary

The District of Columbia's J.C. Nalle Community School had been recommended for closure or significant turnaround efforts in 2011. By 2013, the school had achieved the highest increase in math proficiency rates on D.C.'s standardized test, among all D.C. public elementary schools. A new Child Trends report cites community partnerships, along with strong leadership and trust among staff, as key in the turnaround. It reviews specific interventions that other schools might consider.
Read more here.

Washington Facts:  STEM Edition

The TECAA proposed legislation that is now before the Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and its Chairman Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking member Patty Murray (D-WA) are responsible for the bipartisan legislation.



Teachers Rock - You Can Too!

Each year, NAAC awards three scholarships to career changers who are either still in a program or graduates in the past year. Their stories, and the stories of many other career changers, provide the reasons for alternative certification and the motivation for work of the organization does.
Read more here.



Girls Just Wanna be Engineers 

Bridging the gender gap in engineering is a tough and timely challenge. So volunteers from LA County Public Works are getting creative in their efforts to attract more girls to a profession that's only 14% female.



Robotic 'Rush' To the Finish Line

For the fourth year in a row, Detroit Public Television will showcase the ingenuity and expertise of young engineers as part of our award-winning coverage of the FIRST In Michigan Robotics State Championship.

Read more here.



STEM Career Comic Book - David, Software Engineer

A STEM comic book that excites kids about Science Technology, Engineering, and Math! Get them thinking about STEM careers early.
Read more here.

 EPICS K-12 Teacher Workshops EPICS engages teachers and students in making an impact in their own community while learning STEM content. 
Read more here.  
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In This Newsletter
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Upcoming Events

April 26, 2015   

DaVinci Challenge: Build a Drone Workshop



April 27, 2015

Why Declining Investments in Basic Research Threatens a U.S. Basic Innovation Deficit  





 April 27, 2015

2015 Forum on Science and Technology Policy   





April 28, 2015  

Capitol Hill STEM Diversity Symposium   


April 29, 2015
Reimiging Caee and College Readiness: STEM, Rigor, and Equity


May 5-7
the Humans to Mars Summit 2015

May 16-17, 2015

The Second Annual Stamford STEMfest





 June 29 and 30, 2015

EPICS K-12 Workshop





 Deadline June 30, 2015

The Golden Goose Awards





July 16-17, 2015

STEM Competition Conference





 Coming in 2015

TechOut Oakland, TechOut Houston + TechOut OC




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