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, 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.
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.
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