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November 1, 2012
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STEM News for Educators

  • What's the difference between "college-ready" and "career-ready?"
    A high-school course of study that prepares a student for college may not be the same for a student on a career track, according to district officials in Riverside, Calif., where staff are reevaluating what it takes to be college- and career-ready and determining how the terms differ. For example, technical training needed for many jobs requires nonfiction-reading skills, plus math and computer education can play an important role in a successful transition to an entry-level job. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (10/30) Email this Story
  • Ohio district becomes international model for innovation
    Educators worldwide are visiting a school district in Ohio to learn more about its innovative approach to personalized instruction, college- and career-readiness as well as science, technology, engineering and math education. Among other things, the district partners with outside organizations, includes technology in classroom lessons and helps prepare students for life after high school through career academies. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (10/30)
  • Why STEM lessons should include the arts
    There is a need for the incorporation of arts education in curricula that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, education consultant Doug Haller writes in this blog post. The arts, he writes, already are part of scientific work either consciously or subconsciously, and studies are under way to further explore the connection. "Clearly, something about art brings out creativity and innovation in ways different from but complementary to the sciences," Haller notes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (10/31)
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  • Ga. school, business leaders look to coordinate career training
    Business leaders and educators in Rome, Ga., will convene for a second year to discuss work-based learning in area schools and explore what role local businesses can play in helping prepare students for careers after high school. Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy will co-host the event with Georgia Northwestern Technical College. "The College and Career Academy's community partnership with higher education, business and industry is providing exciting opportunities for young teens in our community," said Floyd County Schools superintendent Lynn Plunkett. "It is a vital part of helping our school system provide a quality education for a quality life for all graduates." Rome News-Tribune (Ga.) (10/31) Email this Story
  • Power engineering surfacing as new area for STEM job growth
    Siemens is busy training its employees in power engineering, part of the energy industry focused on the generation and distribution of electrical energy. It's a field lacking in qualified employees, and one that may offer a number of future jobs. Besides training its own workers, Siemens also is reaching out to schools and colleges to help develop the next generation of engineers and other professionals in science, technology, engineering and math. Rigzone (10/31) Email this Story
  • Report: DoD can do more to recruit qualified STEM professionals
    Like many organizations these days, the U.S. Department of Defense is trying to fill engineering, cybersecurity and other jobs related to science, technology, engineering and math. A report by the National Research Council and the National Academy of Engineering offers several suggestions to make the DoD more competitive with private industry, such as offering new hires greater opportunities to work with the latest technological breakthroughs. (10/31) Email this Story
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