Author Archives: The Communication, Legislative & Public Affairs (CLPA) Team

Ed News: Why Students Should Read Scientific Literature

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This week in education news, across the board teachers feel disrespected; University of Utah professors and local teachers are developing high school curriculum about opioids; Arizona State Board of Education approved revised science standards; new study finds 55 percent of university STEM classroom interactions consist mostly of conventional lecturing; Nintendo is giving elementary school students […]

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Girls in STEM

Walk into the average STEM workspace and you may find random scribbled notes, models and figures, the occasional pen missing a cap, and a variety of tools specific to STEM work. Beyond the desks, the hum of electronics, and an exorbitant amount of plaid button-downs, you’ll sense an air of excitement and passion. Looking amongst […]

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Ed News: Betsy DeVos Steers Federal Grant For Innovation To STEM Programs

This week in education news, 11 of the 18 Education Innovation and Research grant recipients have programs focused on helping schools improve STEM instruction; there are 389,000 fewer teachers in the K-12 workforce new report finds; the job of a teacher is to help students apply content in meaningful ways to their lives; teacher evaluations […]

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Ignite The Spark of Curious Minds

With hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, I found myself in the Johnson Ice Rink on the MIT campus. I was there to be a mentor for the, IBM and other companies sponsored, 2018 HackMIT event. I was looking at more than 1,000 hackers from different schools around the globe that were actively brainstorming […]

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Legislative Update: Congress Passes FY2019 Education Spending Package

Congress has passed an appropriations bill for the FY2019 Department of Education and other education and labor programs and President Trump signed the bill on September 28, averting a government shutdown that would have occurred on midnight, September 30. The bill provides funding for key domestic and military programs and will allow educators to start […]

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Ed News: Teachers Speak Out Against Proposed Science Standards

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This week in education news, finding jobs post-graduation is becoming more challenging for international STEM students; Arizona science teachers speak out against proposed state science standards; ACT to design a “creative thinking assessment” for worldwide use in 2021; 44 states have implemented at least one K-12 computer science policy; Missouri house bill aims to increase STEM […]

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Ed News: Igniting Students’ STEM Interest Begins With Education Their Teachers

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This week in education news, Missouri Senate passes STEM awareness legislation; NSF awards 5 diversity grants under its new INCLUDES initiative; U.S. Congress pledges $71.5 billion in education funding for fiscal 2019; new framework developed to help define high-quality project-based learning; Arizona program instructs teachers on how to bring more engaging STEM lessons into their […]

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Legislative Update: Can Schools Use Federal Funds for Guns and Firearms Training?

A huge controversy over whether districts and states can use funds from the new federal education law to purchase guns and pay for firearms training is still ongoing, weeks after the issue first surfaced in an article published in the New York Times.  Earlier this summer two states asked the Department of Education if it […]

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Ed News: Climate Change Is Not Up For Debate.

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This week in education news, West Virginia hasn’t externally tested whether the SAT test’s “Analysis in Science” section actually measures what students are learning in their science classrooms; New Teacher Center unveils new coaching standards; teachers face barriers to using data in the classroom, including a lack of time and training to put data to […]

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Ed News: Can STEM Camps For Girls Really Make A Difference?

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This week in education news, there’s no way of knowing whether summer STEM camps help nudge more women into STEM careers; education in STEM fields can be the road to economic empowerment for women; Missouri Governor calls on state legislators to tackle STEM education bill is special session; and teachers across the country turn to […]

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