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Developing STEM Policy Leaders in Pennsylvania

The STEM Ambassador Program is a 10-month leadership training opportunity and a strategic way to advance state STEM/workforce policy goals through education, targeting relationships with policymakers, and building a coalition of local and regional support.

STEM Ambassadors are leaders within their organizations, interested and committed to sharing their experiences and content knowledge with influential stakeholders. They also serve as role models to inspire and encourage youth to pursue opportunities for STEM exploration in both formal and informal learning environments.

Ambassadors will have the opportunity to learn from recognized advocacy experts and STEM professionals about STEM policy, media outreach, relationship building, and leadership development.

Application deadline: Friday, January 24, 2020


On June 25, 2019, the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus and Afterschool Alliance convened a briefing to discuss the newest iteration of Perkins that went into effect on July 1, 2019: Perkins V. This new legislation aims to increase learner access to high-quality CTE programs by focusing on systems alignment and program improvement.


More than 1,700 students from 36 high schools in the Philadelphia region went to the Forrest Theatre as part of the show’s educational program. They had a special opportunity to see a matinée performance of Hamilton and to interact with cast members.


Study: Summer School for EL Students Could Boost 4-Year Graduation Rates

A summer school program for high school English learners (EL) who have lived in the U.S. for less than three years increased the number of core courses those students took that are required for graduation. But the program had little impact on four- and five-year graduation rates, according to a study in the American Educational Research Journal.


As a nation, if we want to maintain our role as a global leader in technology and innovation, we need a bold vision to develop and support a diverse and robust computing workforce. K-12 students need computer science education as a critical foundation for participating in the workforce of the future. But computer science education is only one stage of the computing pipeline; we need a coherent system to align K-12 and postsecondary education, multiple pathways to enter careers in tech, and to hold tech companies accountable for recruiting, hiring and retaining a diverse workforce.


From Risk to Opportunity: Afterschool Programs Keep Kids Safe

This new report from more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors spotlights research showing the impact of afterschool programs on improving public safety, increasing student academic performance, and saving taxpayer dollars, among other outcomes.


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