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Teachers: Should you use business tactics for happier classrooms?

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“In recent years, school leaders have debated what, if anything, schools can glean from the way businesses are run. Should schools be managed like business organizations? And to what extent? Now, three educator-researchers are sharing their findings on the topic as they wonder if classroom teachers can use successful, proven business strategies to run their classrooms better and increase both student happiness and engagement.”(more)

Schools can raise girls’ aspirations by partnering with businesses

The Guardian – Patsy Kane

“The absence of aspiration and understanding of opportunities that I see in some students from disadvantaged backgrounds – especially girls – is something I want to address directly. I believe the answer to the lack of female leaders within our society and businesses could partly lie with us in education, and we have found partnerships with the business community leads to stronger results.”(more)

4 reasons why investing in STEM is good business

Washington’s Top News – Staff Writer

“According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, over the past 10 years, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) jobs grew three times as fast as non-STEM jobs and STEM workers commanded higher wages, earning 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts. To help prepare to meet these future demands, local firms like Unanet, a Northern Virginia developer of software for Professional Services firms, have made STEM education a priority for many years. Here are four reasons why supporting STEM is important for our region and just makes good business sense.”(more)

STEM Education is Critical to a Vibrant Manufacturing Future

Industry Week – Roger Christian and Yaskawa Motoman

“Today, many students leave high school or college unprepared for career success in high-demand fields like advanced manufacturing and robotics, even while the industry faces a severe shortage of skilled workers. Despite this clear need, both schools and manufacturers often face daunting challenges in attempting to implement effective STEM education, career pathways and training programs.”(more)

“Shark Tank” in the Classroom

The Huffington Post – John M. Eger

“The formula seems simple. It’s having a class -divided into groups-brainstorm the best way, indeed all the ways, to tackle Innovations in new media including apps for the smart phone etc. Shark Tank in the classroom is the brainchild of Dr. Noah Arceneaux who has been teaching a course on “Creative Uses of Emerging Media” for a number of years but decided to have the students explore ideas for new innovations; and then, after a period on research, interviews and contemplation, have them present their business plans in writing and defend them orally where the best will be chosen.”(more)

Op-ed: Leaders need to step up STEM education

The Houston Business Journal – Rich Haut and David Holt

“According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there is a rising consensus that our nation’s future economic competitiveness depends upon strengthening our students’ skills in STEM. Unfortunately, American students rank just 27th in math and 20th in science, the National Math and Science Initiative says…A Pew Research Center report last year revealed that only 29 percent of Americans rated their country’s K-12 education in STEM as above average or the best in the world. Scientists were even more critical: A companion review of members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science found that just 16 percent labeled America’s K-12 STEM education as the best or above average.”(more)