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ERIC Number: EJ940740
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5284
NSF GK-12 Program Must Be Saved: What You Can Do to Help
Raju, P. K.; Clayson, Ashley
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v12 n3-4 p6-8 Apr-Jun 2011
According to reports earlier this year, the National Science Foundation is cutting the Graduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fellows in K-12 Education Program, more commonly known as the GK-12 Program, or simply GK-12. GK-12 places graduate students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields directly into K-12 schools to bring their research to elementary, middle, and high school students. The program is designed to address multiple factors at once: STEM graduate students' lackluster communication skills, K-12 teachers' lack of confidence in their subject-matter knowledge, and recruitment and retention of K-12 students into STEM fields. The GK-12 program is essential to improving many of the current areas of concern in STEM education. Science Magazine reports that much of the STEM community is "outraged" at the GK-12 cut: "No other program, they say, puts graduate students into the classroom and creates a unique learning opportunity for students, their teachers, and the fellows themselves" (Mervis, 2011). It is this unique combination of stakeholders (teachers, students, and fellows) that makes the GK-12 program absolutely vital to the future of STEM in this country. The authors believe that because of the unique combination of benefits of GK-12, it is imperative that the program continues to grow and develop--instead of getting the axe. They sincerely hope GK-12 can be saved. They urge everyone to take any action to help save the GK-12 program. They encourage those who use social media to seek out the "Save GK-12" community on Facebook, or to send a brief email or letter to senators or representatives encouraging them to support the GK-12 program.
Institute for STEM Education and Research. P.O. Box 4001, Auburn, AL 36831. Tel: 334-844-3360; Web site: http://www.jstem.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A