On Wednesday, the STEM Education Coalition’s Leadership Council sent feedback to the U.S. Department of Education on the implementation of STEM-related provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act. The guidance recommends that the Dept. of Education:
- strongly recommends states and districts to use Title II funds on professional development activities for STEM educators. These professional development programs should have effective features including a content focus, active teacher participation, and sufficient duration to allow repeated practice.
- define a “high-quality course” broadly enough to include either traditional in-classroom learning or less-traditional, project-based, activities.
- incorporate real-world challenges, as a precursor or complement to education, as part educational activities.
- encourage states to use state afterschool and STEM networks as resources as they implement these provisions.
Read the rest of the STEM Ed Coalition’s guidance here.