The latest in national STEM news:
Are Better Schools Enough to Advance STEM Learning? (Ahead of the Heard)
Q&A With Ron Ottinger, Director of STEM Next, Co-Founder of the STEM Funders Network and STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative
Studies at the Noyce Foundation and others show that consistent participation in high-quality afterschool programs is linked to increased interest, engagement, and persistence in STEM subjects, and that some afterschool programs have helped close the math achievement gap. There is also new, large-scale research from The PEAR Institute at Harvard University and The Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis, and Policy at Texas Tech. These all show increased interest in STEM careers and gains in skills that are in high demand in today’s workforce as a result of participation in an afterschool STEM program. Additionally, 80 percent of students reported a positive gain in their STEM career knowledge.
More than 1,450 organizationshave signed a letter to members of Congress on a key appropriations subcommittee asking that they reject President Trump’s plan to cut federal support for after-school programs. The Afterschool Alliance shared this letter and also praised a “Dear Colleague” letter signed by 81 members of Congress that was addressed to a key appropriations subcommittee in the House. The letter cites a meta-analysis of 75 studies by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, which found that students in after-school programs performed better academically than students who did not participate in such programs.
How to Reduce Barriers to Family Engagement in Education (Getting Smart)
Schools that engage families find that their students have higher grades, show faster rates of literacy acquisition, attend school more regularly and are more likely to graduate. This article discusses key takeaways from data from the Family-School Relationships Survey, which includes responses from over 18,000 parents and guardians from diverse school communities across the country.
Picademy, the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s free educator professional development program is going to be in four US cities this summer. Join a group of 40 educators for a two-day hands-on course in digital making. Participants gain direct experience of maker-friendly technology, and discover a range of ways to use hardware such as the Raspberry Pi in the classroom.
- Irvine, CA on June 19 – 20 and June 22 – 23
- Ann Arbor, MI on July 24 – 25 and July 27 – 28
- Boise, ID on August 7 – 8 and August 10 – 11