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February 5, 2013
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STEM News for Educators

  • Is relationship-building the key to solid STEM education?
    In this blog post, Ricky Ribeiro of EdTech magazine highlights steps some districts have taken to build successful programs in science, technology, engineering and math. For example, several Chicago schools have partnered to provide Web-development learning opportunities for area students. Ribeiro also highlights a Washington, D.C., school where educators are using creative methods and relationship-building to strengthen STEM programming. EdTech magazine/Tactical Advice blog (2/4) Email this Story
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  • Colo. school invites STEM professionals to help with career education
    Representatives from various Fort Morgan, Colo., businesses, including those in gas and oil, computer science and health care recently shared career guidance with students during Lincoln High School's Career Fair. Besides talking about their job responsibilities, the guest speakers explained the kind of education and training needed for such careers. "This is designed for the kids' futures, to get them ready," counselor Amy Prouty said. Fort Morgan Times (Colo.) (2/4) Email this Story
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  • Report provides insight into STEM education trends
    A recent report entitled, "Where are the STEM Students? What are Their Career Interests? Where are the STEM Jobs?" provides a snapshot of what's happening in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. For example, mechanical engineering is the most popular STEM career, with about 20% of STEM students pursuing that option. The report also shows that technology and engineering are gaining in popularity, while science and math interest is declining, though of the four STEM fields, science is the most popular among women. U.S. News & World Report (2/4) Email this Story
  • Study: More time in algebra class equals future success
    Students who spent twice as much time learning algebra improved not only in math but also in verbal skills, according to a study of the Chicago Public Schools' double dose algebra program enacted in 2003. The program in which students enrolled in two algebra classes at the same time was designed to serve students who scored below average on national tests in eighth grade, Maureen Downey writes. Besides academic gains, students in the program graduated high school and attended college at a higher rate than similarly situated peers not enrolled the program, researchers found. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Get Schooled blog (1/31)
  • Should AP courses be open to all students?
    Advanced Placement courses are open to all students in more than 539 school districts in the U.S. and Canada -- regardless of past achievement, according to the College Board. The approach, which is encouraged by the organization, generally has resulted in higher average exam scores. While one New Jersey high school opened enrollment with successful results, another saw a decline in achievement when poorly prepared students tried and failed the exams. The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (2/3)
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  • Climb the Hill and Tell Congress: CTE WORKS!
    Our community faces a mountain of federal policy challenges ahead. Don't let Congress forget the steps we have climbed to increase awareness about the value of career and technical education! Help new policymakers understand CTE and develop supportive CTE policies at the 2013 ACTE National Policy Seminar. Registration is now open!
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