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January 14, 2013
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STEM News for Educators

  • Educators weigh in on proposed science standards
    The second and final version of proposed common science standards represents a significant change from the first draft, which was criticized as trying to cover too many subjects, writes veteran education reporter Erik Robelen. In this blog post, he provides an overview of expert feedback. Generally speaking, most say it appears to be tighter and includes elements that will help make sure students understand various scientific concepts in a real-world context. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (1/11) Email this Story
  • Ky. business leaders, educators list priorities for students
    Students need to be better prepared for the workplace, learn more about college and career planning, and have a stronger background in the arts, workplace skills and fields such as science, technology, engineering and math, according to priorities set by business leaders and educators during a recent summit. They also identified mentoring opportunities and greater training in technology as high priorities for students in the years ahead. Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.) (1/13) Email this Story
  • Calif. high-school students have access to new biotech course
    As the professional field of biotechnology grows, high schools are stepping up to help prepare the next generation of scientists. For example, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education's Regional Occupation Program is offering its first-ever biotechnology class at a central location for the top science students from across the county. "I'm very interested in biology, specifically biotechnology," said senior Julius Solbes-Moran. "This class helps me decide if I want to go into this field." San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (1/11) Email this Story
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  • GM makes STEM education a major focus for company foundation
    The General Motors Foundation supports a wide range of causes, but the ones that officials say are especially important to GM are those that enhance the science, technology, engineering and math educational programs in K-12 and higher education. One initiative seeks to increase the role of GM professionals as mentors and the graduation rates in seven Detroit high schools. Detroit Free Press (1/13) Email this Story
  • Mass. college students learn about opportunities in local businesses
    Career opportunities in the technology world are growing, especially if you're coming from an elite school such as MIT. The university recently sent some of its top students to the annual "Tech Trek" to various Boston-area companies, where the students learned about the needs of local businesses. Students said they feel positive about their future abilities to find internships and permanent employment. Boston Herald (1/12) Email this Story
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm."
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French novelist and performer

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