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Detroit week in review
August 25, 2017
Week in review: Vittis take center stage as they encourage parents to help improve Detroit schools
Schools chief starts the process of setting a new strategy for Detroit schools
In the dark
August 18, 2017
With solar eclipse looming, shuttered school planetarium represents ‘missed opportunity’ for Memphis students
Craigmont High School's planetarium is a significant teaching tool that’s tailor-made for the rare atmospheric event, but it sits idle and in need of a makeover.
July 20, 2017
Meet the new leader of one of the most popular public schools in Memphis
In a Chalkbeat Q&A, Andy Demster offers his vision for Maxine Smith STEAM Academy — and why he thinks he’s up to the task.
haters gonna hate
June 29, 2017
Bronx borough president to high school grads: ‘Start breaking the mold of what the face of techies look like’
The tech industry in New York City has a diversity problem. The Bronx Academy for Software Engineering was launched to help solve it.
April 20, 2017
I’m a teacher, not an activist. Here’s why I’m joining the March for Science this weekend
Marching for science is distinct from the kind of political statements Ohio teacher Sarah Rivera avoids in her classroom. Here's why.
STEM in Colorado
February 24, 2017
Colorado lawmakers are stepping in to help prepare students for the state’s booming tech sector
Three bills could increase access to STEM courses for the state's black, Latino and rural students.
February 24, 2017
To convert historic East High into T-STEM school, Hopson taps proven STEM principal
Shelby County Schools turns to one of its veteran educators — and an East High graduate — to transform one of its most iconic schools.
And the winners are ...
December 1, 2016
Here are Tennessee schools winning TVA funding for STEM projects
Eighteen schools win $60,000 in grants in a competition held by the state STEM Innovation Network and funded by TVA.
watch me naep naep
October 27, 2016
New York students show small gains in science skills on ‘nation’s report card’
New York fourth-graders saw their scores increase by 2 points on average, while eighth-graders’ scores rose by 1 point.
October 25, 2016
Memphis school leaders press ahead with T-STEM redesign of historic East High
Plans to transform East High into an optional school are advancing, despite pushback from the community and the denial of a federal grant for the program.
At a crossroads
October 18, 2016
Idea to turn East High into all-optional “T-STEM” school met with community resistance
Memphis school leaders cast their vision of what a revitalized East High could look like during a community meeting at the historic Midtown school.
How I teach - STEM edition
September 8, 2016
How an award-winning teacher uses an app and camera phone to reinforce good math skills
"I love when kids ask questions."
STEM in Colorado
September 8, 2016
What the heck is STEM? (And eight other questions you might be too embarrassed to ask.)
For starters, it's not your father's science class.
How I teach - STEM edition
September 7, 2016
In this teacher’s classroom, science leads students to more questions
Her classroom is organized chaos.
First Person - STEM edition
September 7, 2016
Why is a STEM education important? Because it’s going to help me build a better water system for Ethiopia.
I can achieve this goal only if I learn as much as possible in my science, math, engineering and technology classes.
STEM in Colorado
September 7, 2016
Few Colorado kids have access to STEM experiences, Chalkbeat analysis finds
Many schools that offer STEM courses have student populations that are as diverse or more than the district's overall population.
August 9, 2016
What one Colorado teacher learned at space camp
"I have the awesome blue flight suit. I’ll probably wear it — not the first day of school but early on."
July 5, 2016
Materials Science 101: How teachers can bring science to life
Science teacher Beth Eddy, who coached about 40 Memphis-area teachers during a recent science camp, talks about how to improve science literacy.
under the sea
June 27, 2016
From Legos to underwater robotics: How Coney Island teachers are creating a marine science “pipeline” for students
A group of teachers in Coney Island wants to build a marine science pipeline all the way from the first day of elementary school through college or into a career.
March 21, 2016
More Indy students will solve challenges, mysteries as project-based STEM courses expand
Indianapolis Public Schools wins $250k grant to dramatically expand Project Lead the Way program.
November 30, 2015
For seventh-graders with a ‘spark’ in math, the road to STEM careers starts at camp
A growing nonprofit shepherds promising students from low-income New York City middle schools into careers in science, mathematics, engineering and computer science.
July 29, 2015
New Woodrow Wilson fellows hope to propel students toward science careers
Nearly 50 new fellows will start teaching in public schools across Indiana this fall.
July 23, 2015
Report: Many NYC high schools don’t offer advanced math and science courses
A new report finds that nearly 4 in 10 city high schools do not offer algebra II and both physics and chemistry.
focus on stem
July 9, 2015
Robots, Legos, and a famous chef at city’s new summer STEM training
The program, which was attended by over 400 teachers, continues the city’s effort to expand and improve teaching in math, science, engineering, and technology.
June 18, 2015
Purdue plans high-tech Indianapolis charter high school
Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School would serve as a direct pipeline delivering more well-qualified IPS students to the West Lafayette university.
June 17, 2015
Low-income students stand to lose more with summer learning loss
"Summer slide" is real, but many programs that combat summer learning loss face an uncertain future in Shelby County.
June 3, 2015
Partnership merges high school AP courses, applied science
CollegeBoard and Project Lead The Way team up to blend courses for college or careers.
May 12, 2015
Kenyan private schools inspire $100,000 idea for Indianapolis
The teams will spend the next year or two years developing ideas and could eventually operate an IPS school.
focus on stem
May 7, 2015
City offers new STEM summer program to hundreds of students
The city is offering 1,200 students a new opportunity to participate in free summer programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and math.
April 10, 2015
After-school programs seek recognition as more than an after-thought
Advocates for after-school programs say their programs are vital resources, but they are often thought of as an after-thought to the traditional school day.
college then career
March 23, 2015
With a focus on the college-bound, career and technical education to expand in 10 schools
A new city program will help 10 schools either launch or expand career and technical education programs this fall.
January 28, 2015
Educators worry legislature's effort to cut red tape could go too far
When are state rules for schools "distractions" or "red tape" and when do they matter to protecting kids or helping them learn?
December 16, 2014
Report: STEM here to stay
The education question of 2015 might well be: Which reforms funded by Tennessee’s dwindling Race to the Top money are sustainable? A new report from the…
November 19, 2014
When robots face off, kids learn science, math and more
The city-wide competition was put on for the third time Sunday by Mayor Greg Ballard’s office, with 126 high school, middle school and elementary school teams competing. Speedway High School took highest honors, which aren't based on the tournament results. The idea for the competition was born when Ballard witnessed a robotics competition and saw how engaged the students were with their work, pushing adults away and problem-solving on their own.
Call to action
August 27, 2014
STEM push called vital to state’s economic future
Lack of a “statewide vision” and strategy for STEM education “is impeding Colorado’s ability to develop a strong local talent pipeline needed for an innovation economy,” according to a new Colorado STEM Education Roadmap.
July 11, 2014
Denver youth build video games at Denver’s IdeaLAB
Most people haven’t heard of 3D modeling, and they probably have never created a video game from scratch, either, but a group of Denver…
June 17, 2014
Teachers find space to teach creativity, teamwork under new standards
Denver area teachers met last week to discuss ways to work Common Core and Colorado Academic Standards around their lesson plans, rather than having to completely revamp curricula to meet the new standards.
May 28, 2014
With science mentoring competition win, Indy hopes to inspire
Indianapolis' proposal beat out plans from 45 other cities to earn the city a share of $1 million in privately raised dollars through the US2020 City Competition. It was one of just seven cities picked to earn financial, consulting and staff support to launch its plan.
May 6, 2014
State launches STEM scholarship for SUNY, CUNY-bound grads
The state is ready to pay some students’ tuition to CUNY or SUNY, if they commit to studying science, technology, engineering, or math, Gov.
December 24, 2013
Sloan Foundation honors seven city math and science teachers
For the fifth straight year, the Fund for the City of New York and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation gave city teachers awards for excellence in teaching science and mathematics. The honorees were nominated by students, parents, colleagues, and administrators and then selected by a committee made up of representatives from local science museums and universities, based on their students’ achievement, their involvement in extracurricular activities, and their efforts to promote math and science inside and outside the classroom. Schools with winning teachers each received $2,500 to support their math and science programs, and the teachers took home $5,000. Here are this year’s recipients, along with a highlight about each that we pulled from longer biographies compiled by the Sloan Awards. (Here are last year’s winners, and 2011’s.) Teacher: Eloise Thompson Subject: College Algebra/Pre-Calculus, AP Statistics School: DeWitt Clinton High School, Bedford Park, Bronx Why her school thinks she’s great: Thompson, the youngest of 14 children, attended Bronx schools herself and now has developed a reputation at a struggling school for connecting personally with her students.
August 26, 2013
Quinn: Girls should have their own tech schools
Mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants to open at least five new all-girls middle schools, one in each borough, dedicated to science and math. "The point of the schools, and in particular that it’s girls only, is in part to send a message to girls, ‘This is a field for you,’" Quinn said at a press conference at Brooklyn Bridge Park today. Quinn herself attended an all-girls Catholic high school and has said she would expand single-sex schooling if she is elected. (Single-sex education has strong advocates, but researchers say there’s no evidence that it improves learning and could actually diminish students’ self-esteem.)
May 31, 2013
To teach teachers how to code, UFT launches training course
An organization founded to tackle one shortage area in computer science education is teaming up with the teachers union to address another. Girls Who Code, whose founder Reshma Saujani is running for citywide office this year, launched last year to address stark gender inequities that exist in computer science, one of the many job markets in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) where women are underrepresented. The organization's eight-week curriculum began last summer with 20 girls and will expand to 160 this summer, with new programs in Detroit and San Francisco as well. The organization will also be lending its curriculum out to help train a small group of 20 teachers, the United Federation of Teachers announced this week. The union is trying to keep pace with the evolving demands in career and technical education and union chief Michael Mulgrew said one challenge is retaining young math and science teachers, who leave "because we don't give them something engaging to do." "We're going to make the difference by doing it where it really counts, which is training the teachers so they can bring it inside of the classroom because that's where the students are," Mulgrew said this week at an event announcing the pilot, called "Teachers Who Code".
November 17, 2011
Ask an Expert: What is a STEM school?
With open enrollment season upon us, you might consider checking out a STEM focus school if your child has a tendency to love computer gaming or wants to know how everything works, this school choice expert says.
November 16, 2011
Ask an Expert: When girls think they stink at math.
A boy told this parent's daughter that "girls can't do math." Despite numerous studies and programs, girls are still getting this message. Here are some ways to counteract the stereotype.
November 11, 2011
DOE, local groups approved for more federal innovation funding
The Department of Education's Innovation Zone is poised to bring home millions of dollars in federal innovation funding for the second year in a row. The Obama administration yesterday released a list of 23 Investing in Innovation grant applicants that it wants to fund. The groups, culled from nearly 600 applicants, will share a $150 million pool of funding. The groups have until next month to line up matching funds from other sources to secure their grants. The DOE's InnovateNYC program landed high on the list of applicants aiming to bolster science and technology education, putting it in line to receive $3 million in federal funding. The department will use the funding to connect its Office of Innovation with private partners and other school districts as it designs technologies for schools, according to Chancellor Dennis Walcott. "There is so much potential for technology as a tool that helps students get on track for college and careers — but right now, engineers and developers need a better understanding of the challenges facing New York City and other urban school districts," he said in a statement. Last year, when the Obama administration made $650 million available, another city Innovation Zone program, School of One, won $5 million to develop its computerized math teaching program. (School of One is part of InnovateNYC.) But the city's request for innovation funding for other purposes, such as to open new small schools, was turned down.
September 30, 2011
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
$1 billion on the line for education in Colorado - U.S. News releases best science and math high school rankings - "21st century learning" has even little ones going high-tech - Montbello attacks math problem through fellowships - Boulder Valley school board supports later school start - More than half of Denver schools meeting/exceeding standards
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