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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)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Front and Center: Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and CTE Education

The White House Blog – Valerie Jarrett

“President Obama believes in the innate curiosity of every child, and our responsibility to ensure that every young woman and girl has the opportunity to achieve her dreams, regardless of what zip code she is born in. This week, as part of the President’s commitment to equal opportunity for all students, the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Education, and the Georgetown University Law Center on Poverty and Inequality highlighted programs that focus on developing the talent of girls of color and low-income girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and career technical education (CTE) careers. We heard from the educators, innovators, researchers, scientists, and marginalized girls themselves who are dedicated to increasing the participation of low-income girls and girls of color in post-secondary education and in-demand careers within high-growth industry sectors.”(more)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Young People Must Know Their Own History

The Huffington Post – Martin J. Blank

“Do our young people know about our own nation’s history, particularly how our society has responded to marginalized groups? This question has been coming up consistently for me in recent months. It emerged again as I watched the new film Selma, and wondered how much our students know about the shameful incidents at the Edmund Pettus Bridge that are at the center of the film — incidents that too many would still prefer to ignore. Understanding one’s own personal history has been consistently recognized as important in young people’s learning and development. Students are often asked to write a story about their own family’s history or about a particular individual in their family who may have contributed any particular way.”(more)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

School Vouchers Help Low-Income Minority Students Earn a College Degree

Education Next – Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson

“With school vouchers popping back on to state agendas in the wake of Republican gubernatorial and state legislative victories across the country, renewed interest in the long-term effectiveness of vouchers has quickened. But most voucher studies are able to look only at the short-term effects on parental satisfaction and student test-score performance.”(more)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Race in school discipline: Study looks at silence among educators

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“Minority students, particularly boys, tend to face far harsher punishments, even at young ages, for the same infractions that non-minority students commit. A new study examines educators’ reluctance to talk about the ways they might view students differently.”(more)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Guest: Why diversity matters in tech and engineering

The Seattle Times – Susannah Malarkey

“Diversity in our technology and engineering workforce is a hot topic, and with good reason. Washington has the highest concentration of science, tech, engineering and math (STEM)-related jobs in the country, but the lack of women and people of color in this sector is glaringly obvious.”(more)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Why Education Trumps Poverty in ‘Schools That Work’

Forbes – Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

“Of course, poverty throws up huge obstacles. And then great schools help students clear those barriers away.” (more)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Historic Milestones Present Opportunities and Challenges in Education

U.S. Dept. of Education – Meredith Bajgier

“As the school year gets into full swing, it’s worth reflecting on a couple of historic milestones that make this year unique…there are signs that change is under way, as shown in another vital statistic: the highest high school graduation rate in America’s history – 80 percent.” (more)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Building a Diverse Workforce: Minorities Studying in China

The Huffington Post – Carola McGiffert

“…my job is to increase the number of Americans who study Mandarin and study abroad in China. Why? Because the US-China relationship is the most consequential in the world. The state of global security — whether in terms of climate change or global economic stability; nuclear weapons or public health — depends on how well the US and China collaborate.” (more)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Truancy rates are higher among California’s low-income students, report says

The L.A. Times – Sara Hayden

“Across California, truancy rates for students from low-income backgrounds were disproportionately higher than for their more affluent peers during the 2013-14 school year, according to a report released Thursday.” (more)