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If widely adopted, the Next Generation Science Standards should break the strangle hold standardized tests have had on current teaching and learning. The last decade of science education suffocated under the weight of standardized tests. Classrooms and their inhabitants stagnated as teachers taught to tests and students absorbed content without understanding the nature of and relationships between STEM disciplines.[…] Continue Reading »

This past spring a client dedicated significant resources in response to a national solicitation to fund STEM education. Two months into the proposal writing effort, sequestration forced withdrawal of the funds. As organizations lose faith in the ability of the national government to respond to STEM funding needs they increasingly turn to local corporate, foundation and government sources.[…] Continue Reading »

STEM education isn’t complex. It’s not a doctrine, a program or a product. Yet, defining and implementing STEM education continues to challenge the education community.

One study found that: “STEM Education” is defined in many ways by different groups, and this causes questions to arise as K-12 educators are told that their work is key to ensuring that the United States remains competitive in the global market.[…] Continue Reading »

As a first year teacher, a parent accused me of favoring girls over boys in my earth science course. In my defense, I explained I was working with boys and girls equally (50/50) and that perhaps this was the first time her son had experienced equity.

STEM equity continues to elude educators. Often assessed in terms of undergraduate degrees awarded to women and traditionally underrepresented populations — STEM equity (outside the life, medical and social sciences) remains a source of concern and frustration for many.[…] Continue Reading »

A new generation of education leaders aims to change what has been dubbed the “Colorado Paradox” — the inability of the education system to generate a native population of highly-skilled and educated professionals to meet the needs of local industry.

Colorado imports most of its intellectual power. Reports indicate that Colorado has one of the highest number of college graduates per capita, yet it ranks 30th nationally in graduation rates — only 1 in 5 of its ninth-graders proceed to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree.[…] Continue Reading »