Archive for STEMeducation SmartBlogs

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 »

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 »

These days I’m a STEM curriculum writer and advocate, but I’ll confess that each year when Middle Level Education Month rolls around, I feel an extra longing to be back in a science classroom with young adolescents elbowing their way through the door, eager to learn “stuff.” It’s a place where I spent 16 wonderful years of my professional life.[…] 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 »

Catching flies

One of my teaching colleagues used to say, “It’s a lot easier to catch flies with honey than vinegar.” As a result of this article, I may have to settle for fewer flies but more buzz.

Elementary education overemphasizes literacy at the expense of disciplines that lead to greater academic, professional and personal success for adults.[…] Continue Reading »