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Friday, February 27, 2015

New Advocacy Group Pushes for Multilingualism in D.C. Schools

Ed Central – Conor Williams

“D.C.’s dynamism as a local community was on full display earlier this week at a panel event hosted by the DC Language Immersion Project. The discussion, titled “Economic and Workforce Development Impacts of Language Immersion,” was the second in a series of local events designed to build a groundswell of support for multilingualism in D.C.’s public schools…Joint National Committee for Languages and National Council for Languages and International Studies Executive Director Bill Rivers…cited recent data showing that 11 percent of American companies are actively looking for multilingual job candidates…domestic and global workforce demands are changing rapidly—most jobs being created now in the United States depend in some way on foreign trade.”(more)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Why Chevron Is Helping Fund STEM Education

Time – Tim Bajarin

“Over the last year, I’ve become more interested in the Maker Movement and programs that focus on STEM education — science, technology, engineering and math. Like many people, I believe the U.S. education system needs to do more to get kids interested in math and science, as technology sits at the heart of new job creation and is impacting our lives in ways none of us could have imagined 50 years ago. I shared my thoughts in a TIME column last May about the Maker Faire, a very interesting program that has sought to bring technology closer to kids. The Maker Movement is quite exciting, and dedicated Maker Faires are popping up in many places around the world that emphasize how people can create all types of things from scratch and learn a great deal in the process. The movement has its roots in tech hobbyists circles, where people were using things like Raspberry Pi motherboards to create various tech gadgets. However, Maker Faires now include things like knitting, bee keeping, organic gardening and just about anything that involves making things.”(more)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Addressing the Skills Gap Through After-School and Summer Programs

Education Week – Alli Lidie

“In the United States, there is a large and ever-widening gap between the skills unemployed individuals possess and those that companies need to fill vacancies…Despite high rates of unemployment, an alarming 82 percent of local manufacturers struggle to find qualified employees. These middle-skill positions, many with a STEM-focus, require workers with some post-secondary education but not a four-year college degree and have a median income of almost $77,000. These should be appealing options for youth to consider. So, what can be done to get them interested? In order to be prepared for these manufacturing positions and others, the next generation of workers needs a number of targeted supports. They need to be exposed to experiences and opportunities that spark their interest and love of learning, motivating them to pursue a 21st century career. They need chances to work with adults and peers to develop the essential skills of communication, teamwork, grit, global competence, and perseverance that will allow them to succeed in their chosen field. Lastly, they need supportive adults to encourage them along the way.”(more)

Friday, February 13, 2015

After years of growth, foreign language enrollment declines in N.C. colleges

Triangle Business Journal – Jason deBruyn

“After years of solid growth, enrollment in foreign-language courses in North Carolina has declined…Nationwide, enrollment declined 6.7 percent since 2009 after growing steadily for 20 years….In an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education, Rosemary G. Feal, the MLA’s executive director, speculated that several factors could have played a role in the decline, including rising student interest in career-oriented subjects such as business in the wake of the recession. Those studies leave less time for language classes, Feal told the Chronicle. As the business world becomes increasingly global, several surveys have found that employers value job seekers who can speak multiple languages. The growth of the Chinese economy in particular has affected interest in the language. The number of institutions reporting enrollments in Chinese, for example, has more than doubled, from 412 in 1990 to 866 in 2013, and the enrollments in Chinese have more than tripled, from 19,427 in 1990 to 61,055 in 2013, according to MLA. Likewise, while 17 percent of reporting institutions taught Chinese in 1990, 36 percent showed enrollments in Chinese in 2013.”(more)

The Next Generation of Women in STEM

Diplomatic Courier – David Chavern

“The word “engineer” is derived from two Latin terms meaning “to devise” and “cleverness.” Contrary to popular perception, successful “engineering” has always required creativity and lots of out-of-the-box thinking…STEM careers have been traditionally male-dominated, with a number of barriers—some cultural, some more overt—that have impeded the retention and advancement of women in STEM fields. But empirical evidence tells us that companies with higher levels of gender diversity perform better than their competitors…smart businesses create a corporate culture from the top down that paves the road for more women in STEM at all levels. Diversity in hiring—and thinking—has to first and foremost be championed by the board and the CEO. Then they, in turn, have to work to root out unseen and misunderstood biases throughout the organization and, very importantly, hold people accountable. Again, this isn’t just a social good or a “nice thing to do.” It is a business imperative for companies that are in a war for talent…But this is not enough; we all have to do our part to make sure unseen and misunderstood biases in the home and school are rooted out, and that all young women with an interest in and talent for STEM fields have a chance to learn and succeed. We can’t just complain. We need to buy more GoldieBlox for the young girls in our lives!”(more)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Good to see partnership of businesses, schools

Vegas INC – Glenn Christenson

“Wandering through the crowd at schools Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky’s State of the District address, I saw the business community becoming an active partner in addressing the needs of Southern Nevada’s K-12 education system. Skorkowsky made clear his appreciation of prominent business groups’ and individuals’ help in achievements made in the district’s Pledge of Achievement Program. A close working relationship between the business and education communities is crucial to prepare our children for success. This partnership has been a long time coming, and we are seeing benefits. Concepts that businesses support, such as return on investment and accountability, have become part of the dialogue, making it easier to communicate the district’s goals and strategies to the business community.”(more)

Friday, January 23, 2015

The business case for STEM education

Fortune – Michal Lev-Ram

“Silicon Valley has always looked for talent among the young (Mark Zuckerberg made his first billion at age 23). It’s only recently, though, that it has set its sights on grade school. The Valley isn’t trying to hire preteens (yet), but some of the country’s mightiest tech giants are aiming to bolster the talent pipeline by putting serious money behind kids’ math and science education, particularly for girls and minorities…in early January, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that he will dedicate $300 million to sponsor STEM education in K-12 classes and in universities, with a focus on underserved regions. The money is part of a broader effort to boost diversity among its workforce and will also fund recruiting, training, and investments in female and minority-owned startups, along with education.”(more)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Daniel Fried: More Canadians should learn a Chinese language

Ottawa Citizen – Daniel Fried

“…with the rise of China, and the corresponding rapid growth of Chinese language education around the world, it would be a mistake to continue to view this as the language of one ethnicity only: it is becoming a world language, and Canada must adapt…Almost unreported outside of China, the Chinese government has been moving swiftly to reduce the amount of emphasis given to English language education in its own schools. University departments of English are being closed, and English will be removed from the all-important college entrance exams by 2017; it seems certain that within a generation, there will be far fewer speakers of English in China than there are now. More and more, businesses and nations that wish to engage with China will need to do so in Chinese.”(more)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Global firms urged to invest in education

BBC News – Sean Coughlan

“Major international businesses are failing to spend enough on supporting education, according to a global education campaign. An analysis of 500 top global firms showed that only 13% of their philanthropic and social investment budget was targeted at education…Extra funding could help tackle global concerns such as providing places for 58 million children in developing countries without any access to primary school.”(more)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

What Young People Must Know About Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur – Miles Jennings

“Do young people view entrepreneurship as a viable career option? Not according to a recent analysis by The Wall Street Journal that showed that only 3.6 percent of households headed by adults younger than 30 owned stakes in private companies. This figure represents a 24-year-low in young entrepreneurs…What do young people actually need to hear?…With a media full of Zucks and Musks, young people might think successful businesses build only social-network, apps and rockets. The reality is all over, successful entrepreneurs have figured out how to turn dirt into gold. These stories should be shared. Entrepreneurship, above all else, solves problems. Look for problems and you’ll find answers.”(more)