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[From Patti Curtis, Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow]
Happy Belated New Year
I hope this finds you all well and good. This edition of the STEM Fellow Update marks my one-year anniversary serving as the Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education. I am so grateful to the STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development (OPEPD) team here at the Department for this position. We are in the process of formalizing this email update into an official ED STEM Newsletter and the monthly STEM briefing series is becoming more and more popular. See more on that below. Wishing you all the best in 2020!
New ED Grant Opportunities
The Department is actively preparing for a robust Fiscal Year 2020 competitive grant season. The Department has already issued two competitive/discretionary grant opportunities with a STEM competitive preference priority. Click on the links below to find out more about the requirements and deadlines. Over the coming months, please stay tuned to this newsletter and the STEM landing page for more details.
FY20 Education Budget Recap
On December 20, 2019 the President signed two minibus appropriations bills to fund the Federal Government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020, which runs through September 30, 2020. For the Department of Education, the bill provides a total of $72.8 billion in discretionary appropriations, including the following of interest to the STEM community:
- 4% increase to Supporting Effective Instruction (Title IIA) – $2.1 billion;
- 3% increase to Student Support and Academic Enhancement grants (Title IVA) – $1.22 billion;
- 2% increase to the newly renamed Nita A. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Title IVB) – $1.2 billion;
- 2% increase to Career & Technical Education (CTE) State grants – $1.3 billion;
- 46% increase to Education Innovation & Research (EIR) – $190 million;
- 4% increase to Ready to Learn programming – $29 million;
- 6% increase to the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program to include social emotional learning (SEL) professional development – $80 million;
- 16% increase for the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) – $50.1 million;
- 8% increase to Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) – $65 million; and,
- 6% increase to the Minority Serving & Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) – $12.6 million.
The ED budget also included level funding or marginal increases for the following:
- Teacher & School Leader Incentive grants – $200 million;
- Magnet Schools Assistance – $107 million;
- Arts in Education – $30 million;
- Javitz Gifted & Talented – $13 million
- Statewide Family Engagement Centers – $10 million; and
- Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) – $23 million.
In FY2019, the Department invested $540 million to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, including computer science, through discretionary and research grants in Fiscal Year 2019, in accordance with President Trump’s directive to foster expanded opportunities in these in-demand career fields.
These funds deliver on the Administration’s promise to support STEM education, as well as on the overall goals of the five-year federal STEM education strategic plan entitled Charting A Course For Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education. The Department continued to support the Plan’s vision for a future where all Americans will have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the United States will be the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment. To read more, go here.
Last Chance: Presidential Cybersecurity K-12 Teacher Award
The inaugural Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award nomination period will close on January 31, 2020. Anyone may nominate an educator for this honor; self-nominations are permitted as well. For example, a computer science teacher who teaches a unit on cybersecurity may qualify. To nominate or apply, visit here.
IES Blog: Stop the Spread of Math Anxiety: Messaging Strategies for Elementary School Teachers
The Institute of Educational Sciences Northeast Regional Educational Lab reports that math anxiety exhibited by adults are unintentionally transmitted to young people in their lives. This means teachers who have math anxiety can pass it on to their students, which can impact students’ math performance. That is why educators need to be especially mindful about math-related messages they convey to youth. Read the blog by Karyn Lewis is a senior researcher at Education Northwest, and watch the video about three messaging strategies to avoid the spread of math anxiety here.
- Family Engagement in STEM In case you missed the December STEM briefing on Family Engagement in STEM, you can watch the archive here. And you can find more resources via the ED funded Family Engagement Centers. Research out and inquire about their STEM efforts.
- January 22 – STEAM: Arts Supporting STEM Join us and learn how the arts are supporting STEM education around the country. If you cannot join us in person, tune in Wednesday, January 22 at 11am ET to hear about the latest developments in STEAM education at the federal, state & local levels.
- Archived STEM Briefings
Other STEM Agency Budgets
- The National Science Foundation budget increased 3% overall to $8.38 billion, including:
- Education & Human Resources Directorate up 3% to $940 million;
- Advanced Technology Education increased 14% to $75 million minimum;
- Hispanic Serving Institutions program received a 13% increase to $45 million; and,
- Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships up 4% to $67 million.
- Education & Human Resources Directorate up 3% to $940 million;
- NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement increased by 9% to $120 million, with level funding for the STEM Education & Accountability Projects (SEAP), and the Education & Public Outreach function increased by just 1% to $46 million minimum.
- The Department of Energy’s (DoE) Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists grew 24% to $28 million and the Einstein Fellows Program and the Science Bowl received level funding at $1.2 million and $2.9 million, respectively.
- The Department of Defense (DoD) National Defense Education Program (NDEP) increased 6% to $144 million and the HBCU & Minority Institutions Program increased 30% to $53 million.
- NOAA’s Office of Education increased overall by 6% to $30 million supporting the Bay-Watershed Education and Training program and the Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program.
GAO to Study Teacher Shortage
The FY20 budget agreement requests the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provide a report to the Congress on trends and factors contributing to school districts’ challenges with teacher recruitment and retention, including a review and analysis of challenges recruiting and retaining special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and teacher aides; the extent to which licensure requirements are waived or modified to address shortages; and geographic and demographic characteristics of districts facing the greatest challenges or shortages, including rural and urban areas. The report shall examine ways to improve the effectiveness of current Federal policy in preventing and responding to teacher shortages as well as make recommendations on potential Federal interventions to improve teacher recruitment and retention.
President Trump Selects Next NSF Director
The President announced in late December that he intends to nominate Arizona State University chief innovation officer Sethuraman Panchanathan as the next director of the National Science Foundation. The six-year term of current NSF Director France Córdova ends in March.
For all things science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-related, including computer science, visit the Department’s updated STEM landing page and currently open ED Grants page to apply.
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Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow
Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development
U.S. Department of Education
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