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How Thinking in Pictures Provides Perspective - Hear what Temple Grandin had to say at the 2011 ECS National Forum on Education Policy about what matters most to helping all kids succeed....

STEM Performance PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform identifies promising and research-based approaches for enhancing student interest and achievement in STEM disciplines, including approaches that come with a smaller state-budget price tag. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, February 2011)...

MIddle-Skill STEM State Policy Framework - The growing availability of middle-skill STEM jobs has the potential to provide good wages to American workers, including those who come from previously under-served communities. States are in a unique position to implement those reforms and link students and programs to local labor markets. Authors provide five recommendations for a middle-skill STEM state policy framework. (Ian Rosenblum and Richard Kazis, Jobs for the Future and Achieving the Dream, October 2014)...

STEM Regional Collaboratives: The Opportunity - Recognizing the large number of jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields that don't require a college degree, an initiative has turned to three community colleges to build STEM Regional Collaboratives. These are charged with bringing together colleges, state partners, employers and K-12 partners that will use highly structured STEM pathways to build efficient pipelines. (Lara K. Couturier, Jobs for the Future and Achieving the Dream, October 2014) ...

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education: Assessing the Relationship between Education and the Workforce - Both the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees and the number of jobs in STEM fields increased in recent years. The number of STEM degrees awarded grew 55 percent from 1.35 million in the 2002-2003 school year to more than 2 million in 2011-2012, while degrees awarded in non-STEM fields grew 37 percent. The number of STEM jobs increased 16 percent from 2004 to 2012 while there was little growth in non-STEM jobs. It is difficult to know if STEM graduates are aligned with workforce needs because demand fluctuates. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, May 2014)...

Engineering Emergency - Some 690,000 engineering jobs will open by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Without students of color, the United States cannot supply all the engineering talent it needs to remain at the forefront of innovation. A brief from Vital Signs, a series of reports on the condition of STEM learning in the country, details this looming issue. (Change the Equation, February 2014)...

The Condition of STEM 2013 - National - The good news is, interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) is high. Almost half of students expressed an interest and/or revealed an affinity for STEM in an interest inventory, according to this national study by ACT. A concern is the 8.5% of students with a STEM affinity but no interest in pursuing a STEM major. Math and science achievement levels were highest among those students who had both expressed an interest and showed an affinity in the interest inventory. For an interactive map to check out individual state results, go to http://www.act.org/stemcondition/13/....

Improving Young People's Engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) - In the same STEM pickle as the United States, the United Kingdom has a shortage of STEM skills in the midst of the recession. One source estimates the UK will need 82,000 engineers and technicians up to 2016 just to replace retirees. What to do? In “Improving Young People’s Engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM),” the authors suggest engaging young people at an earlier age because interest in science decreases from the end of elementary school through secondary as the perception that STEM subjects are difficult increases. The authors also recommend enrichment activities, linking STEM subjects to everyday situations, and making links between STEM subjects. Teachers need professional development focusing on practical activities and real-life examples. (Suzanne Straw and Shona McLeod, National Foundation for Educational Research, March 2013)...

What Value Does Service Learning Have on Introductory Engineering Students' Motivation and ABET Program Outcomes? - A quasi-experimental study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of using a service learning (SL) method on influencing introductory engineering students’ motivation and ABET program outcomes, compared to the effectiveness of using a conventional, non-service-learning (NSL) method. Results showed that the SL method was significantly more effective than the NSL method in terms of positively influencing students’ interests, recognition of relevance, and satisfaction in learning and their self-assessed engineering abilities in three out of 11 ABET program outcomes. Interpretation of the results, application of the results to the course redesign, and recommendations for other engineering educators are provided. (The Institute for STEM Education and Research, July 2012)...

Integrating Scientific Practices and Service-Learning: Engaging Students in STEM - This KIDS Consortium guide, a supplement to the more comprehensive publication “KIDS As Planners: A Guide to Strengthening Students, Schools and Communities through Service-Learning,” is designed to help educators integrate service-learning into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content areas and make use of Curriculum Topic Study, a means of ensuring that STEM projects are developmentally appropriate and aligned with science standards. Examples in the guide are based on the experience of more than a dozen classrooms and are intended to illustrate how to plan and structure a STEM/service-learning project and how these projects benefit students, schools and communities. (Kids Consortium, 2012)...

Science and Engineering Indicators: 2012 - This report presents information on science, mathematics, and engineering education at all levels; the scientific and engineering workforce; U.S. and international research and development performance; U.S. competitiveness in high technology; and public attitudes and understanding of science and engineering. A chapter on state-level science and engineering presents state comparisons on selected indicators. (National Science Board, Jan 2012)...

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 - This overview of the National Science Board’s Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 highlights some major developments in international and U.S. science and technology (S&T). (National Science Foundation, 2012)...

The Smart Grid for Institutions of Higher Education and the Students They Serve - To meet the twin challenges of educating an increasingly diverse pool of students and radically increasing the percentage of those students who choose STEM fields, the authors suggest creating voluntary collaborative agreements between institutions of higher learning. Smart Grid offers guidance on how to do that along with models: affiliations between two- and four-year institutions, between four-year institutions and between undergraduate and graduate programs. (Arthur L. Coleman, et al.), American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2012)...

Education Supports Racial and Ethnic Equality in STEM--Executive Summary - This report follows an analysis of labor market outcomes and gender disparities among STEM workers. The authors found that regardless of race and Hispanic origin, higher college graduation rates are associated with higher shares of workers with STEM jobs. (U.S. Department of Commerce, September 2011)...

Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation--Executive Summary - An educated STEM workforce is crucial to America's innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than a quarter of STEM jobs. Some of the possible factors contributing to the discrepancy include: a lack of role models, gender stereotyping and less family-friendly flexibility in STEM fields. (U.S. Department of Commerce, August 2011)...

University of Chicago School Mathematics Project 6-12 Curriculum - This What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) intervention report evaluates the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project curriculum--a series of yearlong courses emphasizing problem solving, real-world applications and the use of technology. The program is designed to allow schools to offer students appropriate math, regardless of grade level. The curriculum was found to have potentially positive effects on math achievement for high school students. (Institute of Education Sciences, July 2011)...

Successful K-12 Stem Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - Science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) are fundamental aspects of everyone's lives as citizens, consumers, parents, and workers. Providing all students with access to high-quality education in STEM is important to their futures and that of the U.S. (National Academies Press, 2011)...

Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas - Framework for K-12 Science Education is the first step in a process that will inform state-level decisions and provide a research-grounded basis for improving science teaching and learning across the country. The document will guide standards developers, curriculum designers, assessment developers, teacher educators, state and district science administrators, teachers, and educators who work in informal science environments. (National Academies Press, 2011)...

Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads - The authors argue that developing a strategy to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in science and engineering should play a central role in our approach to sustaining America’s research and innovation capacity because our sources for the future S&E workforce are uncertain, the demographics of our domestic population are shifting dramatically, and diversity is an asset. (National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, 2011)...


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