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Friday, April 18, 2014

What’s Wrong With STEM Education?

The Huffington Post – Vinay Trivedi

“An increasing share of jobs will require a background in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM)…One major shortcoming of tech education is the demographic achievement gap…Women and minorities are under-represented in the STEM world…Another issue we face as a society is teacher quality and quantity in STEM fields…[and] we have to adapt our curricula and standards as quickly as technology evolves.”(more)

Championing International Education Priorities

Homeroom – Rebecca Miller

“This past January, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon designated the U.S. as a Champion Country of the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI)…This is a tremendous opportunity for the U.S. to lead by example, to spur on strategic global investments in education, technology and innovation and to help implement programs that provide youths and adults with the necessary skills to be global citizens.”(more)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Allies in Addressing the Nation’s Skills Gap

The Huffington Post – Dr. Bill R. Path

“…many cynics have resorted to finger pointing when it comes to the skills gap issue…As much as we would wish it to be true, jobs are not going to inexplicably conform to job seekers; those in the job market must rather conform to the jobs that are available…So it would appear the only viable solution is to increase the technical skills of job seekers…”(more)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Number of STEM Jobs, Majors Growing in US

Education News – Rebecca Stimmler

“The number of high school graduates going into STEM related fields has grown since the start of the Great Recession…While there are several job openings with companies like Johnson & Johnson, Google, Mac, and Pfizer, many of these companies are looking outside of the United States for new talent…Why? Because the quality of American education in STEM subjects is lacking compared to that of other countries.”(more)

USA Science and Engineering Festival: Making a Difference in the Lives of Our Children

The Huffington Post – Bernard A. Harris, Jr.

“In today’s world, technology drives everything that we do! It has become apparent that America’s livelihood is greatly dependent on a skilled workforce capable of keeping up with this evolution of our civilization…The importance of STEM education has increasingly become the greatest concern in the education of our youth.”(more)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The importance of dual language immersion programs

Voxxi- John Benson

“The reason why bilingual education programs produce higher-achieving students has to do with cognitive benefits such as enhanced understanding of mathematics, creativity and selective retention.”(more)

Cooking and Learning Spanish with Kids: A Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe!

Babble – Mari Hernandez-Tuten

“Cooking with my kids gives our familia so many opportunities to connect, and for some reason, they are much more motivated to eat what they’ve made themselves! As of late, I’ve decided to take advantage of our cooking time by making it educational and adding a bilingual component to it which helps build positive and practical associations with Spanish.”(more)

Beyond the Maker Movement: How the ChangeMakers Are the Future of Education

Singularity Hub – Libby Falk

“In Silicon Valley, there’s a lot of talk about The Maker Movement. After all, over 195,000 people attended Maker Faire events around the world last year alone. Makers are tech-savvy tinkerers. They build robots, program light installations and hack everything from code to IKEA furniture. From Boston to Beirut, community-based makerspaces are popping up in libraries, schools, shipping containers and buses as part of a revolution that has people returning to their workshops and building with their hands.”(more)

Parents hold a key to kids’ success in education: Opinion

NJ.com – Larry D. Bernstein

“In many households, homework time can be a battle. A child is not interested in doing work after his school day. The parent simply wants the work done to know that the child is handling his responsibilities and learning.”(more)

Meeting the STEM challenge in K-12 education

Progress Index – Krishan M. Agrawal, Ph.D

“STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a relatively new education option; it combines the existing curriculum with current technological advances and research in science and engineering. Record shows that such a combination increases the employment opportunities available to an otherwise “average” student to the level of an “above average” student’s.”(more)