Coalition Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition James Brown delivered a speech at the Second Arkansas STEM Summit about STEM learning pathways in line with the summit’s theme of “Spotlighting STEM.” The event was co-sponsored by the Arkansas STEM Coalition, AdvancED Arkansas, and the Arkansas Out-of-School Network. The conference focused on the world of STEM education, from the practical aspects of implementing and leading a STEM program to fostering a deeper ideology of a STEM-oriented environment and adopting a new schoolwide focus that engages all stakeholders.
The U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a report titled Expanding Opportunities through Middle-Skills Education. The study explores "middle-skills" jobs, those that require more than a high school diploma and less than a bachelor's degree. According to the report, programs that prepare young adults for middle-skill jobs must carefully balance industry-specific skills to more general ones to better equip students for a changing workplace.
This week, the House Education and Workforce Committee will mark up the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, a comprehensive bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition James Brown made this statement on the bill.
Yesterday, the STEM Education Coalition Policy Forum co-hosted a briefing with Student Veterans of America. The Policy Forum was pleased to welcome the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Phil Roe. Chairman Roe talked about the importance of the new STEM scholarship program in the Forever GI Bill and the need to get information about innovative learning programs to veterans through social media and the internet. The panel was co-sponsored by Got Your 6, Hands on Science Partnership, American Chemical Society, American Society for Engineering Education, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Society of Women Engineers. Click on the link to read more.
STEM Legislation Tracker
Recently, the STEM Education Coalition Policy Team introduced an online federal legislation tracker. This tracker lists information about legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that pertains to STEM education. Check to see if your congressman has introduced STEM legislation!