Massachusetts Department of Higher Education STEM Pipeline Fund: www.mass.edu/forinstitutions
The Museum Institute for Teaching Science is pleased to announce Science by Connections, the new on-line hub for STEM resources, including in-school programs, field trips and professional development opportunities! For more information, visit www.sciencebyconnections.org.
Natick resident Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus, CIO, has written a book, The U.S. Technology Skills Gap: What Every Technology Executive Must Know to Save America's Future, focusing on the necessity for STEM education in this country to maintain global competitiveness. To find it on Amazon, click on: http://www.amazon.com/U-S-Technology-Skills-Gap-Technology-Executive/dp/1118477995/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360009900&sr=1-2&keywords=u.s.technology+skills+gap
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts draft revised Science and Technology/Engineering standards are now available at: http://www.doe.mass.edu/stem/review.html
Related documents presented with the draft revised STE standards include:
• Frequently Asked Questions regarding the release of the MA Draft Revised Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Standards • Crosswalk of the 2001/2006 STE Standards and Draft Revised STE Standards: o Organized by Current Standards o Organized by Draft Revised Standards • Strand Maps of Draft Revised MA Science and Technology/Engineering Standards • Matrix of the Science and Engineering Practices (from NGSS) • Matrix of Disciplinary Core Idea Progressions • The Case for an Integrated, Grade-by-Grade Approach PreK-8 • Value of Crosscutting Concepts & Nature of Science in Curriculum • Presentation: Overview of the MA Draft Revised STE Standards (PPT)
Please review the FAQ in particular. There are several considerations that schools and districts will want to attend to given that the draft revised STE standards are now public but will not be moved forward for adoption until the 2015-2016 school year. The FAQ highlights these considerations. These resources may be updated periodically and additional resources will likely be added over time.
Please email email@example.com with any comments, suggestions, or questions related to the draft revised STE standards. ESE staff will be compiling input and responding to questions while the draft revised STE standards are public.
Where STEM Education Intersects with Immigration Reform
Last summer there was a lot of talk about immigration reform. Talks have stalled since the bill was passed by the Senate but you will be happy to learn that there is a lot inside the bill that supports STEM education. Under the Senate Immigration bill which has passed, new revenues of $100-150 million would become available for STEM education, of this money:
- 70% would go towards formula-based funding to states to support STEM activities related to strengthening standards, recruiting educators, promote college completion, and improving community college and worker training programs. The provision also emphasizes computer science as an encouraged focus area. The initiative would be run through the Department of Education and administered jointly by governors and chief state school officers.
- 20% to support minority-serving institutions of higher education in pursuing STEM-related activities through the Department of Education.
- 5% for STEM-related job training administered by the Department of Labor.
- 3% to support the creation of "American Dream Accounts" by the Department of Education to support college tuition for low-income students studying in STEM fields.
- 2% for administration of STEM programs, including evaluation, by the Department of Education.
You can learn more about how the immigration bill may be used to benefit STEM education here: http://bit.ly/152SIMK.
Federal Funding Resources
STEM educators have reported a lack of funding and professional development for teachers as two major barriers to realization of the vision of 21st century classrooms, according to the 2011 National Survey on STEM Education. However, due to the growing need for quality STEM material and training, many federal funding sources and private foundations are placing STEM Education as a top priority for funding at all grade levels. To respond to this need, STEMfinity has compiled a website listing potential funders who share common STEM Education goals:
1. Attract and retain students in STEM disciplines.
- Students will have opportunities for real-life, hands-on, inquiry-based educational experiences.
- Students will engage in enrichment activities.
- Students will take responsibility for their continued learning.
2. Strengthen the STEM workforce pipeline.
- Students will be exposed to career opportunities in STEM fields.
3. Improve student performance in STEM disciplines.
- Students will demonstrate stronger math and science proficiency.
4. Attract women and minorities into STEM programs.
Click here for more information about some funding sources that fund these common STEM Education Goals.