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Coalition Update:
The STEM Education Coalition co-signed a letter to President Trump urging him to nominate highly-qualified individuals to serve in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Positions within the Office, including the Director role, have remained vacant since the President's inauguration. OSTP is part of the Executive Office of the President and directs federal efforts across all science agencies. Read the full text of the letter here.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Perkins Reauthorization: An Opportunity to Address Career and Technical Education Teacher Shortages 
Learning Policy Institute
On May 17, the House Education and Workforce Committee passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act in a bipartisan move that paves the way for reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins Act). The Perkins Act provides more than $1 billion annually to support high-quality career technical education (CTE) programs. Through the reauthorization, Congress has an important opportunity to strengthen CTE offerings in high schools around the country. Continue reading  here .
Next Generation Science Tests Slowly Taking Shape
Education Weekly
Around the country, science instruction is changing-students are being asked to make models, analyze data, construct arguments, and design solutions in ways that far exceed schools' previous goals.  That means science testing, of course, needs to change as well. Students "have got to show us how they know, not just what they know," said James Pellegrino, a co-director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an expert on assessment.  Read more here .
Study Finds Female Students Less Likely to Drop Engineering if Female Mentored
Phys.org
A pair of researchers with the University of Massachusetts has found evidence that suggests women are more likely to continue to pursue a degree in engineering if they have a female mentor. Nilanjana Dasgupta, an instructor, and her Ph.D. student Tara Dennehy paired first-year female engineering majors with older mentors for a year and then looked at the impact mentoring had the decision to continue pursuing their degree as they moved into their second year. They have published their findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Read more here.
National Academies Report: Building America's Skilled Technical Workforce
Skilled technical occupations-defined as occupations that require a high level of knowledge in a technical domain but do not require a bachelor's degree for entry-are a key component of the U.S. economy. In response to globalization and advances in science and technology, American firms are demanding workers with greater proficiency in literacy and numeracy, as well as strong interpersonal, technical, and problem-solving skills. However, employer surveys and industry and government reports have raised concerns that the nation may not have an adequate supply of skilled technical workers to achieve its competitiveness and economic growth objectives. Read the report here.

Around the Community:
Registration Open for ACS National Meeting Chemistry Teacher Program!
Find out more  here .
SWE Program Development Grants Committee Now Accepting Applications for FY18
Society of Women Engineers
PDG Committee will make awards totaling $90,000 during FY18 to support K-12 outreach, professional development, and program development activities lead by eligible SWE Organizations. Find out more about the grants and deadlines here
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