The Secret to Success in Elementary STEM Education

Elementary teachers are great all-around educators. There just aren’t enough of them prepared to teach STEM fields. Integrating STEM into their training and support plays to their strengths. Here are some successful approaches for doing so, at all stages of their learning and development.

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Girls Flip the Script (Again) on National STEM Test

The achievement gap between girls and boys widened with the 2018 NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy test. Girls averaged five points higher than boys on the test this time. The innovative test rewards “soft” skills and content knowledge alike, an example that schools might do well to emulate.

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The Budget Request; or, Wait, Haven’t We Seen This Before?

The White House budget request kicked off another appropriations cycle that promises to look like previous ones. That is, a discarded set of funding proposals, Congress moving ahead in fits and starts on its own, a continuing resolution or two, all setting up another shutdown drama in the fall. So, nothing much to see here.

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STEM Seems Strong in the New Congress

Our read on support for STEM education in the 116th Congress is guardedly optimistic. The turnover in control from Republicans to Democrats should have little impact on the generally bipartisan favor the field has enjoyed. What comes out of the White House, on the other hand, can scramble anything. Watch the budget request for clues.

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Federal STEM Education Efforts Don't Add Up

Tax reform is just one of various forces at the federal level acting to confuse or undermine STEM education. From elementary school to graduate school, students and educators could soon pay (a lot) more to learn and teach. In response, STEM professionals and educators are starting to get more politically active.

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An Advocate for STEM Before STEM Even Existed

The rise of STEM education owes much to advocacy work done in Washington and across the country. Patti Curtis, Director of the Washington Office of the National Center for Technological Literacy, has been front and center in this effort for more than 15 years. Here's what she knows now.

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STEM Ed Bills Are Deja Vu All Over, with One Twist

STEM education bills in the new Congress look a lot like the bills from the old Congress. But the Educating Tomorrow's Engineer Act from Representative Paul Tonko could open up new ground for engineering in K-12 education. See here what makes it matter.

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35 Ways of Looking at STEM Education Policy

Members of Congress have introduced a large number of bills related to STEM education policy – about 35, providing insight into the many different ways that Congress looks at this area. They also invite a look at how the STEM education policy community works with Congress.

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