The Policy Forum is a 501(c) non-profit entity created by the STEM Education Coalition to bring a deeper focus to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education policy issues through public events, partnerships with state and local education stakeholders, policy roundtables, and other activities designed to improve our understanding of key STEM issues.
Recent Events and Updates
On Wednesday, August 27, the United State Senate passed the CHIPS+ Act of 2022, containing multiple provisions supporting STEM education and federal science and research programs. James Brown, Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition released the following statement on behalf of the Coalition and its members. “Our Coalition applauds the Senate’s passage of landmark bipartisan legislation that will bolster U.S. competitiveness through new investments in science and technology on an unprecedented scale. This bill will expand our national capacity to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education by significantly expanding the role of the National Science Foundation in supporting the STEM fields. Our future prosperity depends on our ability to lead the world in technology development, job creation in high demand technical fields, and our ability to train more Americans for the best, highest paying jobs in the global economy. We are delighted that so many members of both parties in the U.S. Senate have come together behind this goal and hope swift bipartisan action in the House will soon follow.” Earlier this year, the Coalition provided Congress with recommendations for a final piece of legislation, many of which were adopted.
In July the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issued the report Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future. In the report – funded by the Carnegie Corporation – leading scientists, educators and other key stakeholders identify effective science education practices, call on federal agencies and state and local governments to make science education a core national priority, and outline clear steps policymakers can take to create a coherent K-16 science and STEM education for all students. In this session, members of the committee and contributors to the study will share their perspectives on why and how we need to improve K-12 science and STEM education and speak to the core actions and recommendations for Congress and federal policymakers. Panelists: Heidi Schweingruber, Director, Board on Science Education, The National Academies; Jim Short, Program Director for Leadership and Teaching to Advance Learning, Carnegie Corporation; Nancy Hopkins-Evans, Senior Director of State Partnerships, Instruction Partners, PA; Pam Buffington, Director of Rural STEM Initiatives, Education Development Center; and James Brown, Executive Director, STEM Education Coalition (moderator) View the webinar below. https://youtu.be/ohgqL06VpaM
On Wednesday, May 12, the STEM Education Coalition Policy Forum, in conjunction with Education Development Center, hosted a webinar to discuss underserved populations—each of which intersects significantly with race—that typically experience exclusion from high quality STEM experiences as well as from significant opportunities to contribute to the enterprise. Panelists underscored that active engagement and contribution to STEM by all underserved populations is essential to achieving equity and excellence as a nation, to growing STEM international leadership and to reversing income inequality. Speakers: Pam Buffington – Director of Rural STEM Initiatives, EDCShelley Gretlein, Vice President of Portfolio Business Software Strategy, National InstrumentsDr. Roberta Rincon, Associate Director of Research, Society of Women Engineers Dr. Calvin Mackie, President and Founder, STEM NOLADr. Eden Badertscher- Principal Research Scientist & NSF INCLUDES STEM-OPS PI, EDCJames Brown, Executive Director, STEM Education Coalition View the full webinar below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd03XFMkCFI&t=22s
On Wednesday, March 17, the STEM Education Coalition Policy Forum co-hosted a webinar in conjunction with STEMx to discuss how educators are thinking about the lost learning time in STEM subjects and how local and state leaders are leveraging federal resources that have been directed to that end. Over the past year, as schools and communities have grappled with the COVID pandemic, learning in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects has been impacted in a number of acute and critically concerning ways. The loss of hands-on and experiential learning, together with a generalized narrowing of the curriculum has presented a myriad of challenges to STEM educators at every level across the country. Speakers: Vince Stewart – Executive Director, California STEM NetworkAlisa Cooper de Uribe – 2021 New Mexico Teacher of the YearDr. Anthony Jackson – Superintendent, Vance County (NC) School SystemDr. Penny Schwinn – Tennessee Education CommissionerDr. Tracey Brown, Director of Guidance, Counseling, & College Readiness, Irving (TX) Independent School DistrictJames Brown, Executive Director, STEM Education Coalition Watch the live stream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-cMI7I7Cd8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-cMI7I7Cd8
On Friday, May 12, the STEM Education Coalition sent a letter to the White House outlining a myriad of opportunities where the President Biden and Vice President Harris can utilize the enormous power of their offices to further send the signal that STEM learning is critically important to our nation as we begin in earnest down the long road to American recovery. Amongst the signatories on this letter are multi-national companies, teacher organizations, science and engineering societies, universities, afterschool programs, museums, trade schools, and a myriad of similar state and local organizations devoted to advancing STEM education. Read the letter here. http://www.stemedcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Letter-to-President-Biden-on-White-House-STEM-Public-Leadership-Final.pdf
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