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STEMtistic on Display: Algebra II Doubles the Odds

May 19, 2016

If you're interested in increasing college readiness for all students, one way is to guarantee access to Algebra II courses during highschool. According to the National Math & Science Initiative, taking Algebra II in highschool makes students 50 percent more likely to finish college and earn four-year degrees.

Tags: math, STEMtistics, K-12, higher education

Games Like Minecraft Strengthen our Future Workforce

May 18, 2016

Throughout the U.S., STEM education advocates work tirelessly to expand quality coding initiatives, provide students with effective STEM mentors, and teach engineering and critical thinking skills. Markus Persson managed to create a video game that does all three as well as teach civic literacy by his 30th birthday! 

Tags: technology, engineering, jobs & workforce

The Bad News and Good News About Technology and Engineering Literacy

May 17, 2016

Some bad education news hit the airwaves today: millions of young people in the United States are not literate in engineering and technology, and that unsettling fact has real implications for the future of our nation. But there’s good news, too: the very fact that we can measure people’s tech and engineering literacy bodes well for the future of testing, and maybe even for the future of teaching.

Tags: technology, engineering, minorities, women & girls

Linda Rosen: From the Other Side of the Classroom

May 6, 2016

Let me turn the tables on Teacher Appreciation week for a moment to express appreciation to my students who challenged, delighted, inspired and ultimately helped me become a better high school math teacher. I remain humbled by my students who made me realize that I still had much to learn despite my degrees and accumulated experience.

Tags: teachers

Passion R Cheek: Pushing Beyond Your Possible

May 5, 2016

When I sat down to think about great teachers who impacted my life, one instantly came to mind. And maybe it’s because I never told her how much she impacted me when I still could.

Tags: teachers

Deborah Vandergrift: An Important Teacher

May 4, 2016

When I was in school, math was not my favorite subject.  While I stayed in the math honors track, I often struggled when learning concepts and sometimes dreaded math class.

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Buffy D Watts: Tribute to Sue P. Edwards

May 3, 2016

I want to send a special “Thank you” to Mrs. Sue P.  Edwards.  Mrs. Edwards was the high school teacher who inspired me most.   I met her niece, another student at the school, in one of my other classes.  Mrs. Edwards had sent her niece on a recruitment mission to find students interested in joining the school forensics (public speaking) team that she coached.  I think Mrs.

Tags: teachers

Claus von Zastrow: Remembering Mr. Bedor

May 2, 2016

For me, Teacher Appreciation Week always brings an embarrassment of riches. I had so many great teachers as a kid in Michigan that I can’t possibly do justice to them all. There was Mrs. Katzenstein, who would not rest, or let us rest, until every last one of us had mastered fractions; Ms.

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New Federal Data Show Declines in High School Computer Science

April 29, 2016

We’ve seen the state of computer science education in America’s high schools, and it’s not pretty. New data from the U.S. Education Department confirm that few high schoolers are taking computer science in school. In fact, most don’t even have the opportunity.

Tags: computer science

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