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December 10, 2012
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  • Opinion: Teachers, programs keys to STEM education
    The key to getting students excited about jobs in science, technology, engineering and math is hiring talented and enthusiastic teachers to lead innovative programs, writes Shelly Simonds, a member of the Newport News School Board in Virginia. "Our school systems can't treat our STEM programs as a life-raft for a few smart kids. We need Starship Enterprise-sized programs capable of transporting all of our students into the twenty-first century economy," she writes. Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (12/8) Email this Story
  • N.J., foundation team up to attract math, science teachers
    The state of New Jersey will work with the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Foundation to help address a shortage of math and science teachers in 12 communities, including Camden, Newark, Passaic and Orange. The plan calls for high-achieving math and science students in college to be recruited as teachers in these districts. In exchange for a $30,000 stipend, the teachers will have to commit to teaching there for at least three years. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (12/8)
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  • University of Connecticut looks to attract industrial partnerships
    The University of Connecticut has plans to build a technology park that could help develop startups as well as provide research opportunities for students. "What we hope will come of it is that it will be a place that industry and manufacturers from Connecticut and others from outside the state will begin to work more closely to develop ideas, science and research projects with students and faculty," university Vice President of Economic Development Mary Holz-Clause said. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (12/7) Email this Story
  • Ky. launches program to support student innovation
    To help foster an atmosphere of entrepreneurship and innovation, Kentucky has created the Governor's School for Entrepreneurs, a summer program for high-school students. Students selected will learn about product development, operations and other aspects of a startup business. "The characteristics of a successful entrepreneur often involve talents that are not always uncovered in traditional academic pathways," said GSE Director Laurie Daugherty. (12/5) Email this Story
  • Which factors carry the most clout for college admissions?
    Students' performance in college-preparatory classes and the rigor of their curriculum still carry the most weight in college admissions decisions, according to a recent survey of college admissions officers by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Admission-test results and overall grades also were seen as "considerably important" to 59% and 52% of colleges, respectively, in 2011 -- an increase from 46% and 39%, respectively, in 1993. Meanwhile, the importance of class rank has declined over the past 20 years, the survey found. Education Week/College Bound blog (11/28)
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