Education

Betsy DeVos Approves Delaware's ESSA Plan, After Blowback

August 07, 2017

"My criteria for approval is clear: does the state's plan adhere to the law? Delaware demonstrated their plan does, and so I am happy to approve it," DeVos said in a statement. "I hope it will give the students, families and educators in the state a strong foundation for a great education." Upon learning that the department had approved Delaware's plan, the CCSSO's Minnich said in a statement Tuesday that he was pleased the department had "acted quickly" to give the state's plan the go-ahead.

New class leads to big gains in number of girls, minorities taking AP computer science exams

August 07, 2017

Of the 111,262 high school students who took the College Board’s Advanced Placement computer science exams in May, 27 percent were girls, a jump from 23 percent last year. Twenty percent of the test-takers were Latino or African-American, up from 15 percent in 2016. The increases are largely due to a new AP computer science class launched in 2016-17...

SciGirls Offers Real STEM Role Models for Young Girls

August 07, 2017

In each half-hour episode, middle-school-aged girls are paired with female STEM professionals, and together with cartoon mascots Izzie and Jake, they embark on a STEM mission. Every episode takes place in a different location and features new teams of students and professional scientists.

Education Technology, Personalized Learning, and Virtual Schooling: Opportunities and Dangers

August 06, 2017

The cover of the latest issue of The Economist boldly proclaims, "The Future of Learning: How Technology is Transforming Education." One article discusses how technology and teachers can revamp schools through personalized learning. Another notes that recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) permit machines to learn about the students using them by analyzing data from problem sets and practice tests.

New G.I. Bill Benefits Focus on STEM Careers

August 04, 2017

The Senate unanimously passed a $3 billion expansion to the G.I. Bill on Wednesday, paving the way for veterans to pursue STEM careers while bolstering existing benefits. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure, which the House passed last week, also in a unanimous vote. The original G.I. Bill was created after World War II, allowing returning veterans to receive an education in return for their service.

Dow and Richard Childress Racing Launch 'The Speed of STEM' Learning Modules

August 03, 2017

Sharing a common passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and education, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) unveiled today the first of a series of learning modules that bring to life the importance of STEM in the sport of racing.

Trump donated $100,000 for a science camp. What should it look like?

August 03, 2017

“We want to encourage as many children as possible to explore STEM fields, in the hope that many develop a passion for these fields,” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said at a 26 July White House press briefing where she accepted the gift. But the White House and the department released no details about the planned camp, leaving many STEM professionals uncertain about what the Trump administration has in mind.

3 Ways Game-Based Learning Can Boost Math Skills

August 02, 2017

Games can be a great tool for teaching students about complex topics like digital citizenship, politics and even science. With about 47 percent of kids aged 4 to 13 playing digital games every day, game-based learning is poised to further engage children in the classroom.

Congressional Panel Asks: What K-12 Skills Are Needed for STEM Workforce?

August 01, 2017

The STEM workforce is rapidly changing, said James Brown, the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition, a STEM education advocacy group. Mechanics and technicians--occupations that aren't always popularly associated with a need for computing skills--now require some programming ability, he said. And the jobs pay well.

NASA Releases 'INSPIRE Women Act' Report on Engaging Girls in STEM

August 01, 2017

U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and co-chairman of the STEM Education Caucus, today welcomed a report from NASA on their plans and programs to education and inspire the next generation of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

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