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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Community Colleges: Helping the U.S. Become “First in the World”

Homeroom – Ted Mitchell

“…community colleges are often at the forefront of innovation. They also promote the dual goals of academics and career readiness…helping students and our nation skill up for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.” (more)

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Global Model for STEM Education

The Huffington Post – Vince Bertram

“The United States has long been a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. But a 2012 report…highlighted a growing problem – we are not on track to maintain this historical preeminence. The reason: our country’s workforce skills gap…At the K-12 level…We are not equipping our students with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful…” (more)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Build More Than Just A Resume: Seven Ways STEM Builds Character

The Huffington Post – Alicia Chang

“Hardly a week passes without a news story that touts the benefits of studying a STEM field. There is little doubt that majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline can lead to a cushy gig at a buzz worthy tech company with great perks…But beyond getting a high-paying tech job, what else is STEM good for? The answers might surprise you.” (more)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Future Success Can Be Taught

The Huffington Post – Lydia Dobyns

“…students participating in educational opportunities that demand critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation and problem solving skills graduate on time and thrive in four-year colleges.” (more)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Global Dimensions of Math

Education Week – Anthony Jackson

“Every curricular area has a global dimension that can be taught in the classroom, including math…math helps us understand the world—and we use the world to understand math. The world is interconnected and math shows these connections and possibilities…The global era will demand these skills of its citizens—the education system should provide students the wherewithal to be proficient in them.” (more)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Teaching Students, Not Subjects: Why We Need a Deeper Learning Approach

The Huffington Post – Sean McComb

“Everything we know about what it takes to succeed in today’s economy and society suggests that our nation needs more individuals with nimble minds capable of creative, innovative thinking, and who have the perseverance to take on — and learn from — challenges…An educational approach known as deeper learning does that.” (more)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Policymakers hail STEM education as a strong foundation, pushing innovation

The Washington Post – Wesley Robinson

“Although a recent study found that almost 75 percent of those who have science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) bachelor’s degrees have jobs in other fields, policymakers, advocates and executives continue to push STEM education as a way to close achievement gaps and produce U.S. innovation.” (more)

Friday, September 5, 2014

STEM is incredibly valuable, but if we want the best innovators we must teach the arts

The Washington Post – Justin Brady

“Science, technology, engineering and math are great things to teach and focus on, but they can’t do the job alone. In order to prepare our students to lead the world in innovation, we need to focus on the creative thought that gives individuals that innovative edge…The arts being the major brain booster and spark behind creativity is overwhelming…” (more)

In a STEM-obsessed world, let’s remember to value real inventions over test scores

The Washington Post – Dominic Basulto

“The Boston Children’s Museum…probably has the best advice for how to think about STEM: Just get kids curious about science and the rest will fall into place. Constantly find ways to stimulate that curiosity…worry more about taking your kids for a long walk in the park and getting them interested in what they see all around them. That’s when they will be able to create the innovations of tomorrow.” (more)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Policymakers hail STEM education as a strong foundation, pushing innovation

The Washington Post – Wesley Robinson

“…policymakers, advocates and executives continue to push STEM education as a way to close achievement gaps and produce U.S. innovation…the focus on STEM education is a response to global achievement trends, with an effort to develop students’ skills rather than drive them to specific careers.” (more)