STEM-Roundtable-300x228Join us this week on SmartBlog on Education as we highlight Q&As with the panelists from our recent STEM Pathways Roundtable event. We kick off the series with LeAnn Wilson, executive director of the Association for Career and Technical Education.

Why is the issue of connecting industry and education to enhance STEM education important to you?

One of the phrases I hear often from our members and at ACTE headquarters is that STEM is CTE, which is to say that these two ideas are fundamentally connected to one another. Our economy is still recovering from the worst economic recession in recent history, and it can be a struggle for people to find work, particularly in a field that they feel passionately about and that they can earn a living in.

But what a lot of people don’t know is that there are plenty of jobs available out there right now in growing fields, many of which require strong STEM skills. (read more…)

This post is sponsored by Ohio University Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering program. 

Each year, 3.4 million people die from poor water and sanitation conditions. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries. Civil engineers at Ohio University are determined to change this equation.

According to data from, roughly 780 million people – about 10% of the world’s population – lack access to clean water. Nearly 2.5 billion live in areas with inadequate sanitation. Every year, 3.4 million people die from poor water and sanitation conditions.

When it comes to water, most of the world’s attention goes to clean drinking water. But this is only one part of the water equation, according to Guy Riefler, associate professor of Civil Engineering at Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Riefler discussed water issues in developing countries during a Sept. 16 webcast about OHIO’s Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering program. (read more…)

STEM-Roundtable-300x228Education and industry leaders recently gathered at SmartBrief headquarters in Washington D.C., for an interactive discussion on bridging the gap between associations and students’ STEM skills. The STEM Pathways Roundtable was the first in an event series exploring the real-world ways in which education and industry can work together to support STEM.

Join us this week on SmartBlog on Education as we extend the conversation with Q&As with the panelists:

  • LeAnn Wilson, Executive Director, Association for Career and Technical Education
  • Sabari Raja, CEO, Nepris
  • Kim Tobey, Executive Director, National Association of Community College Teachers Education Programs
  • Josh Thomases, Dean of Innovation, Policy and Research, Bank Street College of Education

Other STEM Pathways event coverage and resources:

Educators, associations and thought leaders recently met at SmartBrief headquarters in Washington, D.C., for a lively conversation about how education and industry can work together to support STEM.

Here’s a collection of real-time tweets from the event: (read more…)

This post is sponsored by Curriculum Associates

The Common Core State Standards have introduced a new level of rigor to math curriculum. No longer focused on rote tasks and memorization, today’s math curriculum requires students and teachers to think of numbers and mathematical functions in new terms. In this Q&A, Forsyth County School’s Mathematics Specialist Brian Lack discusses the challenges of this transition and how his district is supporting teachers in this endeavor.

The new common core and College and Career Readiness Standards are much more rigorous. How have you adjusted your curriculum and instructional models to accommodate the new standards? What challenges have you encountered and what are a few strategies you’ve used to overcome them?

The biggest hurdle we have faced has been helping teachers understand the depth and meaning of the standards accurately. Each elementary teacher is extremely constrained when it comes to time and because of this, they often rely on publishers’ interpretations of the standards. (read more…)