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ERIC Number: EJ929894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
Helping STEM Take Root
Schachter, Ron
District Administration, v47 n4 p42-44, 46-48 Apr 2011
STEM--the catchy shorthand for "science, technology, engineering and mathematics"--has been part of the school improvement discussion for more than a decade, as educational leaders and policy makers have underscored the importance of these areas in preparing students for an internationally competitive, 21st-century economy. But while the acronym may roll off the tongue, building and implementing programs that emphasize STEM subjects has proved easier said than done, as districts have faced challenges from financing STEM initiatives, to finding and training good science teachers, to simply making more room in the school day to offer more science. Over the past two years, though, the STEM movement has shown signs of taking root, as district leaders say they are finding public and private funding to develop STEM-related curricula, ramping up professional development, and even launching dedicated STEM academies from San Antonio to Baltimore. Earlier this year, the STEM movement received an added boost during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, in which he placed STEM high on the list of the nation's educational priorities. Recent national developments--including Obama's endorsement, the importance placed on STEM in awarding states federal Race to the Top funds, and the looming reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind law--have all given proponents hope that STEM programs will become more common.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Pennsylvania; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Race to the Top