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, 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
On Wednesday, February 3rd, the STEM Education Coalition hosted a webinar on “STEM Education 101: Major Policy Issues for the 117th Congress.” The webinar highlighted K-12, higher education, CTE, informal and afterschool, diversity and workforce issues that have implications for STEM education – and the work of the 117th Congress. Speakers:● James Brown, Executive Director, STEM Education Coalition (Moderator)● Kevin Anderson, President, Council of State Science Supervisors● David Stroupe, Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Science Education, Michigan State University● Kathleen Martinez, Senior Director, Global Education and Employability, BP● Shanda Hinton, Global Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Executive, Raytheon Technologies● Laveta Willis-Hale, Executive Director, Arkansas Afterschool Network Watch the recording below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewycex5Lzmg
Today, Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) announced the introduction of their bipartisan STEM Restoring Employment Skills through Targeted Assistance, Re-entry, and Training (RESTART) Act, aimed at providing funding to small and medium-sized STEM businesses to offer robust, paid, mid-career internships, known as “returnships” for mid-career workers seeking to return or transition into the STEM workforce. More details on the bill, including a supporting statement from the Coalition can be found here.
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