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
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.
On Wednesday, July 29, the STEM Education Coalition hosted a webinar to discuss STEM education in the return to school, in a variety of environments, during COVID-19. Panelists included: Kevin Anderson, PhD, NBCT, Science Ed Consultant, WI Dept of Public Instruction; President, Council of State Science Supervisors Heidi Schweingruber, Director, Board on Science Education, National Academies K. Renae Pullen, Elementary Science Curriculum-Instructional Specialist, Caddo Parrish Schools, Shreveport, Louisiana Kirsten Ellenbogen, President and CEO of the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, OH. Mackenzie Varga, General Manager, Education, ThermoFisher Scientific A recording of the webinar is available here. Password: 7AUj4B*8
On Wednesday, April 8, James Brown, Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition, participated in virtual round table discussion hosted by the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS) to outline impacts on STEM educators in the $2 trillion CARES Act, the third relief package passed by Congress to provide relief funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To view the presentation and discussion click here.
The STEM Education Coalition this week released its 2020 federal policy goals to shape the coalition’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and among the executive branch agencies for the year. The policy goals capture five broad themes, including how Congress must prioritize STEM funding, that higher education reforms must bolster STEM talent pathways, that competitiveness legislation must include a strong focus on the STEM workforce, that the White House and administration maintain a strong focus on STEM education and STEM jobs, and that infrastructure plans must include resources to support STEM education. The goals are the centered around the coalition’s core principles: STEM education must be elevated as a national priority as reflected through education reforms, policies to drive innovation, and federal and state spending priorities. STEM education is closely linked with our nation’s economic prosperity in the modern global economy and strong STEM skills are a central element of a well-rounded education. Our nation must expand the capacity and diversity of STEM workforce pathways to prepare more Americans – especially those from populations that are underrepresented in STEM fields – for the best jobs of the future that will keep the U.S. innovative, secure and competitive. Policymakers at every level must be informed about policy issues related to STEM education and their implications for the economy, national security, and continued American leadership in science and technology. Effective policies to promote STEM education as a national priority should be bipartisan and evidence-based and must be backed up by a strong and united community of stakeholders and advocates in the business, professional, research, and education communities. The full policy goals document can be found below: STEM-Education-Coalition-Policy-Goals-2020Download
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