**ICW released a 2010 report on afterschool and extended learning programs. **GlaxoSmithKline’s Science in the Summer program in North Carolina and Philadelphia is an excellent example of how business can take initiative in this area.
**Advocate for and support smart investments in K-16 mathematics and science achievement for a vital state, city, or regional economy and map assets in science and math. --Change The Equation is a new organization working towards these goals, particularly by taking a “snapshot” of current STEM private sector investments. Find out how you can help at www.changetheequation.org
--This effort is already underway through the Common Core States Standards Initiative, a voluntary national movement sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. www.corestandards.org --Most states have adopted Common Core, but achieving full implementation will be a long struggle – business community must apply consistent pressure. **The business community can also ask Congress to provide incentives for states to implement Common Core when it reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). **Science standards need to be made a priority in ESEA. --$330 million was awarded under the Race to the Top program to develop common assessments to 2 consortia of states. A total of 45 states are involved in one or both of the consortia.
--IBM’s Transition to Teaching program offers their employees the support they need to pursue a second career in the classroom. **States must open up alternative certification pathways to allow qualified professionals to enter teaching. Additionally, schools of education must look to provide training programs for adult professionals to become teachers. --Business can help by building out systems that enable teachers to use and contribute to a common knowledge base of curricular materials and pedagogical techniques ** www.curriki.org is one such free source, however, these submissions are not research based, nor are they vetted for efficacy. **The Department of Education’s “ What Works Clearinghouse ” is another great source for teachers that doesn’t suffer from the problems of Curriki but doesn’t provide quite as usable information – most of the stuff on that webpage are reports. --Business can develop professional development programs that engage teachers in collaborating with industry professionals and provide learning opportunities that enable teachers to experience real-world science and math and apply to instructional improvements . *Houston’s A-Plus teacher externship program and Northrup Grumman’s “ Weightless Flights of Discovery ” are two excellent examples.
--Programs like Teach for America and The New Teacher Project do an excellent job in getting good teachers into high-poverty areas. **Exploring the creation of a program like those specifically for STEM education may be a necessary and worthwhile initiative --Tying student performance to teacher evaluation can help ensure that every student receives a high quality teacher.
Sample STEM PowerPoint by The Institute for a Competitive Workforce
Higher levels of mathematics and science learning for all American students <ul><li>Mobilize the nation for excellence and equity in mathematics and science education. </li></ul>
Higher levels of mathematics and science learning for all American students <ul><li>Increase the science and math content in out-of-school time programming through project-based, real-world activities. </li></ul>
Higher levels of mathematics and science learning for all American students <ul><li>Place mathematics and science at the center of education innovation, improvement, and accountability. </li></ul>
Common standards in math and science that are fewer, clearer, and higher, coupled with aligned assessments <ul><li>Establish common standards that are fewer, clearer, and higher. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop sophisticated assessments and accountability mechanisms that stimulate instructional improvement and innovation in mathematics and science. </li></ul>
Improved teaching and professional learning, supported by better school and system management <ul><li>Increase the supply of math and science teachers at all grade levels by improving teacher preparation and recruitment. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve professional learning for all teachers, with an eye toward revolutionizing math and science teaching. </li></ul>
Improved teaching and professional learning, supported by better school and system management <ul><li>Upgrade human capital management throughout U.S. schools and school systems toward ensuring an effective teacher for every student, regardless of socio-economic background. </li></ul>
Other STEM Recommendations <ul><li>The full spectrum of STEM careers often goes overlooked by young students. Help defeat misconceptions of what it’s like to have a STEM career by providing career guidance, offering internships, or job shadowing opportunities. </li></ul>
Other STEM Recommendations <ul><li>Emphasize the importance of STEM education for all employees – not just your STEM focused ones. A good STEM education helps build critical thinking and problem solving skills needed by all employees! </li></ul>
More Resources on STEM education <ul><li>The Opportunity Equation by the Carnegie Corporation of New York </li></ul><ul><li>Change the Equation </li></ul><ul><li>Common Core State Standards Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Tapping America’s Potential </li></ul><ul><li>The Ohio STEM Learning Network by the Battelle Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>National Math + Science Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>National Lab Day </li></ul>