K-12 Computer Science Framework

The Association for Computing Machinery, Code.org, Computer Science Teachers Association, Cyber Innovation Center, and National Math and Science Initiative have collaborated with states, districts, and the computer science education community to develop conceptual guidelines for computer science education. The K–12 Computer Science Framework comes at a time when education systems are adapting to a 21st century vision of students who are not just computer users but also computationally literate creators who are proficient in the concepts and practices of computer science. States, districts, and organizations can use the framework to inform the development of standards and curriculum, build capacity for teaching…

ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has released  an updated version of the Standards for Students.  These standards emphasize the skills and qualities  needed to engage and thrive in a connected, digital world.  The standards focus on transformative learning with technology with students as empowered learners, digital citizens, knowledge constructors, innovative designers, computational thinkers, creative communicators, and global collaborators.  Read more.

Congressional App Challenge

From July 18 through November 2, 2016, students in Rhode Island are invited to design an app for mobile, tablet, or personal computers on a platform of their choice and submit them via the Congressional App Challenge website.  Established in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event open to all students who have not yet graduated high school. The competition encourages students to get involved in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students are allowed to compete individually or in teams of up to four people. In addition to submitting an app for the Congressional App…

America’s Advanced Industries: New Trends

The Brookings Institution just released a new advanced industries trend report.   Focused on the progress of the nation’s R&D- and STEM-worked intensive advanced sector, the new analysis benchmarks the 50 states and some 250-metros on the nature and diversity of their “advanced industry” output and employment growth over the last two years.  The report details the state of the nation’s high-value economy.  Read more:

Increasing Students’ Access to Opportunities in STEM by Effectively Engaging Families

National PTA released a white paper that focuses on the essential role of family engagement in increasing students’ access to opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) especially among girls and underrepresented youth.  This paper is part of National PTA’s new STEM + Families initiative.  Read more.

National Grid Energy Saving School Fundraiser Program

National Grid’s Fundraiser Program enables schools to raise funds while teaching he community about energy efficiency and conservation.  Participation is easy and each school keeps 100% of the money collected through the fundraiser.  The program is targeted at grades K-8 but high schools and some youth organizations may also be eligible to participate.  For more information, contact Bonnie Devlin at 1-413-355-0079 or bonnie.a.devlin@lmco.com.  

2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection

The 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) is a survey of all public schools and school districts in the United States. The CRDC measures student access to courses, programs, instructional and other staff, and resources — as well as school climate factors, such as student discipline and bullying and harassment — that impact education equity and opportunity for students. The U.S. Department of Education will release additional data highlights on key topics later in 2016.  Read more.

Technology & Engineering Literacy (TEL)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) administered the first-ever nationally representative assessment of technology and engineering literacy in 2014.  Eighth-grade students were presented real-world scenarios involving technology and engineering challenges. Students were asked to respond to questions aimed at assessing their knowledge and skill in understanding technological principles, solving technology and engineering-related problems, and using technology to communicate and collaborate.  Read more.

Physics + Dance + Wheelchair = Art

Alice Sheppard, a celebrated disabilities dancer and choreographer recently demonstrated the connection between physics and engineering, and dance as she performed on a prototype ramp designed and built by students at Olin College of Engineering.  The idea for the ramp came from Sheppard, but the planning, modeling, and manufacturing all took place at the college.  Sheppard plans to take the prototype plan to set designers who can build a finished product that she can travel with for her performances.  Read more.

Nation’s Report Card

The U.S Department of Education released the Nation’s Report Card on April 27, 2016.  Data showed that 12th grade students’ average mathematics score in 2015 was lower than two years before and that a higher percentage of high school seniors failed to reach basic levels.  Read more.