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[From Patti Curtis, Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow]
ED Issues Updated College Score Card
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently delivered on her promise to provide students more information than ever before as they make decisions about their postsecondary education options. The Department of Education released a new and improved College Scorecard, where students and families can now find customized, accessible, and relevant data on potential debt and earnings based on fields of study (including for 2-year programs, 4-year degrees, certificate programs, and some graduate programs), graduation rates, and even apprenticeships. This total Scorecard “rethink,” as Secretary DeVos says, builds on President Trump’s Executive Order on Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities and will truly help students find the right fit for them.
Students can now have access information on median earnings and median debt of a school’s graduates, based on their field of study. For example, a prospective engineering student can now compare outcomes, such as first-year earnings and student loan debt, among engineering programs within an institution and among other schools. Students can see if a career and technical education program at a two-year institution might generate a higher return on investment than a more traditional program at a four-year institution.
Visit the College Scorecard or click on the College Scorecard link in the myStudentAid mobile app. In addition, the College Scorecard continues to make over 2,000 data elements available to developers, researchers, and others through an application program interface (API).
Accelerating Gains in K-12 Engineering Education
A new report by the Education Commission of the States (ECS) examines results from the 2014 and 2018 NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy assessments. These national tests gauge a sample of eighth graders’ ability to “design … objects, processes and systems to meet human needs and wants.” Accompanying questionnaires ask schools, teachers and test takers about students’ exposure to technology and engineering, both in and out of school. And there is a lot good news to report yet gaps persist by race, ethnicity, income and gender (hint: the girls are still doing better). For more details, visit here.
STEM Teacher Leadership Network has been funded by NSF!
To support Presidential Awardees and other teacher leaders in STEM education, NSF has launched a new online portal. Join STEMTLnet.org for updates & events that will begin this Fall. In the meantime, visit the beta site to view and post resources, and connect with STEM Teacher Leaders. If you are a researcher or educator interested in STEM teacher leadership, we hope that you will take part!
Help Wanted ASAP: NOAA Seeks Environmental Literacy Program Grant Reviewers
NOAA’s Office of Education is seeking reviewers for applications for Priority 1 of the 2020 Environmental Literacy Program grants competition titled, “Environmental Literacy Grants: Supporting the education of K-12 students and the public for community resilience”. The Office seeks reviewers with a broad range of expertise related to K-12 science education, informal science education, engaging underserved audiences, civic engagement, citizen science, evaluation, community resilience, and/or public policy. Pre-applications review period is Dec. 16 to Jan. 13. Full application review period is approximately April 6-May 8. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please complete the following form ASAP. If you are unable to upload your resume on the form, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or comments, email the NOAA Environmental Literacy Program grants team at email@example.com.
November STEM Briefing Recap
As the STEM Fellow, I have been organizing monthly briefings on current STEM topics. These events are typically live-streamed and archived on the edstream.ed.gov video library and http://www.ed.gov/STEM. In November, we heard from the National Science & Math Initiative (NMSI) and their STEM Opportunity Index project, which gathers STEM education data from various public sources and aggregates them to the state, district and sometimes the school level. To find out what is happening in your state, visit here.
On December 5, we will discuss Family Engagement in STEM at 2p.m. You can watch live online or after the fact here.
Rethink Outside Webinar, December 6, 3pm ET
Rethink Outside is a call to action to challenge and transform prevailing notions around time spent in nature and lift up the benefits of time spent outdoors. Coordinated by Blue Sky Funders Forum, Rethink Outside mobilizes and equips the funding and practitioner communities to tell a new story, connecting people with the outdoors. All interested parties are welcome to participate.
After & Summer School Grant Opportunity
The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its Aim High local grant program to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide. There are three grant categories:
· $100,000 – 8 grants of $50,000 per year over the span of two years will go to OST programs with annual program budgets of $250,000 or more and annual organizational budgets of $500,000 or more.
· $50,000 – 8 grants of $25,000 per year over the span of two years will go to OST programs with annual organizational budgets of $250,000 or more.
· $15,000 – 10 awards of $15,000 over one year will go to OST programs with annual organizational budgets of $150,000 or more with a focus on addressing opioid and other substance misuse in their community.
Read the full application and eligibility requirements, and join their webinar on December 5 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more about this opportunity. The RFP homepage can be accessed here. Applications are due January 24, 2020.
Save the Dates
January 9, 2020
The 7th Annual ED Games Expo will occur on Thursday, January 9, 2020, from 5PM to 8PM, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The Expo features 150+ educational learning games and technologies developed through programs at the Department of Education and across government. The Expo provides a rich experience for students of any age 3 and above to demo dozens of games and technologies while asking the developers how it was made! Watch trailer from last year here. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.
January 10, 2020
The ED Games Expo is offering Office Hours, an open session where members of the public can visit exhibits featuring government agencies and national organizations in the field of education. Learn about educational programs led by these organizations. Office Hours is free to attend, RSVP here. More details to follow for those who register.
January 22, 2020
The January STEM Briefing at the Department at 10AM will look at the movement from STEM to STEAM. What is it? Where is it happening? Is it working? Stay tuned for details coming soon.
Check out Ed.gov/STEM for the latest news from ED, including a round-up of 2019 STEM grant funding.
Nominations Open for Inaugural Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award – Due January 31, 2020
The Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award will be presented to two educators, one elementary and one secondary, who instill in their students the skills, knowledge and passion for cybersecurity and related subjects. Award recipients will embody the expertise and dedication of educators who are critical to strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity workforce. Recipients of this honor will receive acknowledgement by the President of the United States and Secretary DeVos, public recognition as a leader in the field of cybersecurity education, as well as professional development opportunities.
Educators from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, and tribal areas are eligible. Anyone may nominate an educator for this honor; self-nominations are permitted as well. To learn more, visit the links to the press release, application process, and this Secretary DeVos video .
Nominate an Excellent STEM Teacher or Mentor Today
The National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is seeking applications for the 2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) – due January 15, 2020 and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) – due May 1, 2020. Click the links to apply or nominate a great STEM mentor or teacher today.
Please Note: The STEM Fellow Update will be transitioning to an official US Department of Education newsletter and delivered via GovDelivery on or around January 9, 2020. This will allow us to better build and manage our distribution list. If you prefer that your address be removed before this transition, please let me know.
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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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