Month: November 2019

pennsylvania statewide after school youth development network

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.

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.

In October, dozens of female high school students gathered at Maxar Technologies for an event to encourage them to further their interests and capabilities in STEM. The keynote speaker at the American Heart Association’s “Bring STEM to Life” event was 18-year-old Sherya Nallapati, a STEM student who is working on a technology that scans social media profiles for potential mass shooting threats.

Recently the National Math and Science Initiative has begun exploring a new avenue for reaching students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM. It is called CRT or Culturally Responsive Teaching, which posits that students learn best when teachers make some intentional connection to their background or lived experience.

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