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STEM is key to growth [Opinion]

Houston Chronicle – Dave Tredinnick

“We know STEM education helps kids develop critical thinking, supports innovation and boosts science literacy and an understanding of how the world works. Actually, it’s true for people of all ages. For college-aged students, it can also open up a tremendous world of career opportunities. And for those who are already in the workforce, it can make all the difference in evolving and building skills to keep up with industries that are rapidly changing along with advancing technology.” (more)

Program that recruits STEM majors into teaching shows positive results

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“A teacher recruitment program that has spread from one university in Texas to 4,500 universities across the country is having success at raising students’ math and science scores in middle and high school, according to research recently published in the Economics of Education Review.” (more)

In wake of shootings, schools grapple with how to handle violent threats

The Christian Science Monitor – Alexandra Villarreal

“When 12-year-old Nora Nissenbaum told a boy from her class she wasn’t interested in him anymore, he started texting her images of Adolf Hitler and insults such as “dirty Jew.” Nora’s parents contacted her suburban Philadelphia middle school and police. Soon after, word spread that the boy had supposedly threatened to take a gun to class and target 33 people, including Nora. But within a week, the boy was back in class despite facing criminal charges in juvenile court, and he and Nora were crossing paths in the hallway eight times a day.” (more)

How we developed a personalized PBL model for STEM

E-School News – Levent Sakar

“How can schools and districts prepare students for college and careers in STEM? Is it by asking them to passively read a textbook or listen to a teacher lecture? Or is it by challenging them to actively engage in projects that attempt to solve real-world problems? In Harmony Public Schools in Texas, we want students to become active learners, problem solvers, and STEM advocates. We want to increase their knowledge, skills, and interest in STEM, and balance student-centered teaching with state and national standards. To do this, we developed a personalized project based learning (PBL) model called STEM Students on the Stage (SOS)™.” (more)

What Is Mindfulness? Students Share What It Looks Like in Public Schools

Ed Surge – Jenny Abamu

“In 2016, the Austin Independent School District’s Office of Social and Emotional Learning launched a pilot to bring mindfulness practices to classrooms. Today, Butler, the new Mindfulness Specialist (yes, that’s his title) for the district, leads the practice in all 130 public schools. What is the goal of adding mindfulness in the district? Officials say they hope the practice can help students be “present,” reducing stress, anxiety and helping them cope with traumatic experiences by incorporating breathing exercises, stretching and yoga throughout the school day. Students in the district note that they have seen differences in their educational experience.” (more)

What does Texas need to do to get its students ready for the world?

The Dallas Morning News – Eva-Marie Ayala

“State officials say they want engaged families, quality teachers and better access to opportunities for all students. But how does Texas get there? The State Board of Education has kicked off work to build Texas’ next long-range plan for public schools, which officials hope will be the blueprint that drives future policy decisions and even legislation. Texans who are gathering at a series of public forums on the plan agree, but they’re adamant that they want a plan with teeth, too, to make sure kids are ready for life after high school, whether that be in college or a career.”(more)