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ELA + STEM = Developing Literacy with Math and Science

As a former English teacher, the peculiarity of my position at a STEM-focused education organization isn’t lost on me. I’m much more at home with Shakespeare and Dickinson than with calculators and equations, and I’ve received much good-natured ribbing from colleagues and acquaintances about my lack of math prowess. I may not be a math or science specialist; however, I appreciate the critical need for improving STEM education in our country. I also believe that our future mathematicians, computer programmers, engineers, and scientists must be strong readers and writers, effective ...

Starting STEM Early: The Need for Vertical Alignment

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is a bit of a buzzword in the education world these days – and rightfully so! With America in the midst of a STEM crisis, the need for more students to pursue STEM careers has never been greater. Teachers must establish a strong academic foundation for students in the STEM subjects – and as important as middle and high school grade levels are in preparing students for college and the workforce, research suggests that building a STEM foundation should start as early as the ...

The Hour of Code is Here: Join the Largest Learning Event in History!

There is a widening gap in America's workforce in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Many of our current STEM professionals are nearing retirement, and fewer and fewer students are actively pursuing STEM degrees and careers, such as engineering or coding. Recognizing this immediate STEM crisis, the Computing in the Core coalition and Code.org joined forces to create the Computer Science Education Week, an annual program dedicated to raising student and societal awareness of the importance of computer science education. A centerpiece of this national event is the ...

Formative Assessment and Self-Directed Learning: Creating a Classroom for Success

With the rise of the Common Core, we are living in an age where rigorous math and science coursework are becoming the standard. However, it is important that we not overlook the importance of teaching strong writing skills. Handwriting plays a large part in helping students retain information, but the skill of writing itself plays a critical role in the learning process. With the PARCC and Smarter Balance assessments, students aren’t just being tested with multiple choice problems anymore; they are required to write essays and short answers. Recognizing ...

PISA Results Show U.S. Education Needs More Work

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported this week that American students continue to lag behind in international rankings based on performance on an international assessment. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an initiative driven by the OECD to measure 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy. PISA also includes measures of general or cross-curricular competencies, such as problem solving.  2009 was the last time this assessment was administered, and those hoping the U.S. would fare better were met with a grim picture. This year’s results ...

Boeing & NMSI: Giving Education a Boost

Original story can be found here on Boeing’s website, boeing.com. Earlier this year, we were proud to announce that the number of students at Fairborn High School who earned passing scores on their math, science, and English AP exams increased by an incredible 91% for the 2012-2013 school year. This near-double increase in the number of passing students is made possible by a generous grant from The Boeing Company, and the fruits of this school’s labors can be seen in the video below. Hear the story from current students, AP ...

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