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Greetings STEM Friends
Today is National STEM Day! I have a lot exciting news to share so please scroll to end so you don’t miss a thing.
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U.S. Department of Education Advances Trump Administration’s STEM Investment Priorities
Funding Will Prepare Students for Success in High-Demand Career Fields
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it 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.
“This Administration continues to make strategic investments in STEM education and is working to ensure that all Americans access to high-quality STEM education no matter where they are in their life-long learning journeys,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “I’m thankful to the President for his leadership on this issue and his commitment to the success of all of America’s students.”
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.
Of the overall investment, almost $345 million supported continuing the work of current grants that support STEM activities that have demonstrated that they meet all applicable grant requirements, including making substantial progress towards fulfilling the aims of their project proposals. These funds will be used to prepare the STEM teacher corps, provide graduate student fellowships in areas of national need, increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education, and support state efforts to expand and improve the transition of high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students to postsecondary education and employment through apprenticeships, among other areas.
In addition to the millions that went to continue past investments, the Department had the following programs (discretionary and research) in Fiscal Year 2019 that supported roughly $200 million in new awards that include STEM activities:
Alaska Native Education Equity Program – $1.7 Million
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) – $4.7 Million
Comprehensive Centers Program – $5 Million
Education Innovation and Research (EIR) – $78 million
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (State Grants) (GEAR-UP) – $30.3 Million
Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) – $2.8 Million
Education Research Grants Program – $5 Million
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program – $5 Million
Perkins Innovation & Modernization Grant Program – $1.5 Million
Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) – $8.4 Million
Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) – $24 Million
TRIO – $19 Million (Of the eight TRIO programs, these funds are for Talent Search, Upward Bound Math-Science, and Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement.)
Finally, the Department’s investments in 2019 also included almost $100 million in funds to support projects with a focus on Computer Science.
In addition to the Department’s discretionary grants portfolio, the Department supports STEM via its formula and federal student aid support. To learn more about the Department’s STEM work, including information on allowable uses and resources, visit ED.gov/STEM. Find release here.
It’s National STEM Day
To learn more about how the Department is celebrating #NationalSTEMDay, take a look at the Secretary’s and the Department’s Twitter accounts here and here. And use #NationalSTEMDay #STEMday to toot your own horn.
The STEM Opportunity Index ED briefing – Nov. 21
The next STEM briefing on November 21, 2pm-3pm, at the Department will feature the interactive STEM Opportunity Index produced by the National Math-Science Initiative. The Index is based on the STEM Framework for Success which is a collection of 10 conditions, practices and outcomes that education and research experts agree help indicate how well a state, school system or school is performing in the delivery of STEM education. Each element of the Framework is measured by publicly available data, and visually reported through the STEM Opportunity Index map. To join in person, RSVP Patti.Curtis@ed.gov or watch online here. See attached for more details.
The Census and STEM
The U.S. census created a new high school activity – Where to Next? – that provides census statistics to determine which career students would like to pursue. They will consider factors such as the type of post-secondary-school education they might need, which cities or states have the best job opportunities for people in their chosen profession, and the average salaries and median age and sex in the profession while using the QuickFacts data access tool. Learn more here. U.S. Census has also created new tools to help teachers with the 2020 census to make sure all students are counted.
Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Webinar – Nov. 14
This ‘Exemplary Practices using ‘Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA’ Free Resources’ webinar will explore the free NASA resources and best practices. NASA’s Universe of Learning provides resources and experiences that enable youth, families, and lifelong learners to explore fundamental questions in science, experience how science is done, and discover the universe for themselves. The goal is to strengthen science learning and literacy, and to enable inquisitive learners to discover the universe for themselves in innovative, interactive ways that meet today’s 21st century needs. Register here.
ED Games Expo – Jan. 6-10, 2020
The is the Department of Education’s annual public showcase and celebration of educational learning games as well as innovative forms of learning technologies for children and students in education and special education. Attendees can test more than 140 learning games and technologies, while meeting the developers at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, DC. The game themes include early learning, science, engineering, making, math, reading, social studies, English learning, social skills and to support students with or at risk for disabilities. The Expo features an array of cutting-edge technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, maker tools, and automated tutors and role-playing and simulations for groups to try together.
All of the learning games were developed with the support from either the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, National Institutes for Health, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, or other federal agencies. The Expo is free and open to the public but attendees must RSVP online to gain entry.
NAEP Reading & Math Scores Offer Mixed Results, Troubling Trends
The National Assessment Governing Board held a public release event in Washington, D.C. on October 30, regarding the latest NAEP Reading and Math assessments scores. See release here. To read Secretary DeVos’ statement on the 2019 NAEP results, go here.
The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM
The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) issued a new report, The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM. It explores the importance of mentorship, the science of mentoring relationships, mentorship of underrepresented students in STEMM, mentorship structures and behaviors, and institutional cultures that support mentorship. This report and its complementary interactive guide present insights on effective programs and practices that can be adopted and adapted by institutions, departments, and individual faculty members. Read more here.
First National Database of Academic Performance Launches
New online tool from the Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University explores and compares student test scores and achievement gaps by race, poverty level, and gender using NAEP data. The tool explores 1) Average Test Scores which are influenced by classroom and out of school experiences, 2) Learning Rates which measure how much students’ scores improve each year while they are in school, and 3) Trends in Test Scores which over time shows growth or decline in educational opportunities. I would love your opinion on this tool and how you might use it. Explore more here.
White House STEM Strategic Plan Progress Report
In conjunction with the Presidential STEM Awards celebration the White House released a progress report on the federal implementation of the STEM education strategic plan. Full report here.
Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award Applications/Nominations Due Jan. 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, view the press release and application process.
NSF INCLUDES Planning Grants Solicitation (NSF 19-600)
The NSF INCLUDES Planning Grants (NSF 19-600) first proposal submission deadline is December 3! Check out this NSF pre-recorded webinar for details and information about this opportunity.
Applications Now Open!
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 – it might be you!
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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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