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Congress Set to Support ESEA

Capitol dome under constructionCongress could deliver an early holiday gift to educators before school lets out this December: A rewrite of the federal education law that established today’s testing and accountability mandates. It’s not a done deal, but House and Senate education leaders announced they have “a path forward” and hope to have the long-stalled reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act approved before Congress recesses for the year.

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Einstein Fellowships for STEM Teachers

Einstein Fellows 2014/5Ever wonder who sets STEM education policy – or yearn to influence it? Apply to become an Einstein Fellow and spend a year at the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, NASA, NOAA, or a congressional office.

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NAE Connects Educators with Experts

LinkEngineeringAs a teacher, you’re supposed to have all the answers–but you know that sometimes, you just don’t. What if you always had an engineering expert to provide inspiration and advice? The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) recently announced the launch of LinkEngineering, a new website that connects preK-12 teachers with engineering experts, fellow educators, lesson plans, tips, and tools.

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Stipends for STEM Advisers

White House Science Fair 2015Science competitions can pave the path toward STEM degrees and careers. But low-income students often face barriers to participation.The nonprofit Society for Science & the Public, which runs the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, is launching a pilot program to recruit and pay teachers and counselors to coach students through the process.

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High School STEM Gap

diverse STEM students with blackboardSilicon Valley’s high-tech upper echelon isn’t the only place with a gender gap. A National Center for Education Statistics study of 20,000 students who were high school freshmen in 2009 reveals that while boys and girls earn math and science credits at similar rates, young men are far more likely to take engineering and technology classes and to consider pursuing STEM majors in college.

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Report: Improving STEM Education

Kids doing STEM activityWant to improve the quality of STEM education? AdvancED devotes its entire Spring 2015 issue to the subject. Articles range from narrowing the STEM achievement gap to 3-D virtual learning to explicitly teaching engineering.

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eGFI Makes List of Top STEM Sites

eGFI futuristic cover illustrationWant to get kids excited about STEM? Check out Engineering, Go For It (eGFI), one of eight websites on Information Week’s list of free, fun activities and other resources designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.

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Computer Science Education Week 2014

computer programming termsCelebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 8 to 14, 2014, with a host of classroom activities and events designed to inspire the next generation of inventors and programmers. Want to get more girls interested? kicks off the week with a tutorial featuring Anna and Elsa from the Disney hit Frozen.

Kick off the week by organizing an Hour of Code. Join 1.5 million people from around the world in creating fun, hands-on sessions that ignite interest and open opportunities in the wonderful world of computing.

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Find Your Green Career Path

green jobs leafAmerica’s “green economy” is growing, and that means new jobs in sustainability, construction, engineering and many other areas. To help students discover their interests and career pathways, Green360 offers self-assessment inventories, career coaching, and other free online curricular resources.

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