National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Report

The report, Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations, was released at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2018 Annual Conference.  The purpose of the  report is to start the discussion about “meaningful and necessary” change in high school mathematics education.  Catalyzing Change emphasizes the need to expand professional opportunities for students and better prepare them to understand and critique the world.  Specific recommendations are given.  Read more.

STEM Education in the U.S.

ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is a leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in nearly 60 years of research. ACT’s annual Condition of STEM reports provide essential national data on student interest and achievement in STEM subjects. The latest report – STEM Education in the U.S.: Where We Are and What We Can Do – takes the data one step further by pairing the latest findings with promising practices aimed at improving STEM achievement and preparedness. These practices include examples…

Science Rising

Science Rising is a nationwide mobilization effort taking place throughout 2018 in the run-up to the midterm elections. It is not a one-day march—it is a series of local activities, events, and actions organized by many different groups.  Many activities are local events; others are online.  All activities are group-oriented, open to the public, and should have a way for participants to get involved in the issue being discussed. Fundraising may be a secondary aspect of an event but not the primary focus.  The shared goal is to ensure that science is front-and-center in the decision-making processes that affect us all—and…

New STEM Stamps

On April 6, 2018, four first-class stamps that pay tribute to the study of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) were released by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Each stamp features a collage of faces, symbols, drawings, and numbers that represent the complexity and interconnectedness of the STEM disciplines.  Baltimore artist Davide Plunkert worked with art director Antonio Alcala to create these stamps.  Read more.

Wavemaker Fellowship Application

Every year, talented graduates are faced with the decision of where to start their careers. The Wavemaker Fellowship provides a financial incentive for graduates pursuing a career or starting a business in Rhode Island in technology, engineering, design and other key sectors, by defraying student loan payments for up to four years. The program offers qualifying individuals a refundable Tax Credit Certificate worth the value of their annual student loan burden for up to four years. In addition to the financial benefit, Fellows are invited to participate in various personal and professional development programs, social and professional networking opportunities, community-based…

Perceptions of Science in America

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences has released Perceptions of Science in America: A Report from the Public Face of Science Initiative, the first in a three-year series that will examine the relationship between scientists and the public.   It compiles data from public opinion surveys on general attitudes about science such as confidence and trust in science and scientists. The goal of this report is to increase awareness among science communicators, advocates, and researchers so they can better understand their audiences when developing outreach programs, messaging strategies, and educational materials. By identifying gaps in the current understanding, this report…

The Roots of STEM Success

The Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum has released the report, The Roots of STEM Success: Changing Early Learning Experiences to Build Lifelong Thinking Skills, which finds that children are capable of remarkable problem solving from the earliest of years.  Based on the review of more than 150 empirical studies from cognitive and developmental psychology and education, they found: 1) STEM thinking begins in infancy; 2) To become strong STEM thinkers, children need more play; 3) STEM amplifies language development; language enables STEM thinking: 4) Active, self-directed learning builds STEM skills and interest; 5) Mindset matters to STEM…

Policy Companion Statement to Science and Engineering Indicators 2018

The National Science Board released its policy companion statement to Science and Engineering Indicators 2018.  The statement underscores the Board’s view that growing the nation’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is critical for our economy and global competitiveness. It offers recommendations for strengthening a diverse STEM-capable U.S. workforce inclusive of all levels of education.  Read more.

National Mentoring Month

January is designated as National Mentoring Month.  Go to http://www.risteamcenter.org/million-women-mentors/national-mentoring-month/

Digitalization and the American Workforce

A new report, Digitalization and the American Workforce, has recently been released by the Brookings Institutions Metropolitan Policy Program.  Designed to track the spread of digital adoption, the report provides a detailed analysis of changes in the digital content of 545 occupations covering 90% of the workforce in all industries since 2001.  They found that 1) digitalization is vastly expanding the potential of the American economy, and generating opportunities and 2) digitalization won’t happen by itself but will require significant improvements in digital education and training. Read more.