Imagine a STEM education for all students, regardless of neighborhood, race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status or disability, in preschool through high school and beyond—lifelong learning. Imagine high schools housed inside national tech companies; imagine games, simulations, and cognitive tutoring systems; and students learning through activities that invite play, risk, and even failure. In this blog post, Courtney Tanenbaum shares the vision of a diverse group of experts about what STEM should look like in ten years.
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25 Apr 2016
What is summer STEM? Hands-on programs that teach science, technology, engineering, and math in ways that engage young people and fight the summer learning loss that especially affects the nation’s most vulnerable children and youth. In this blog post, Elizabeth Devaney and Courtney Tanenbaum share what we’re learning about successful summer STEM programs.
5 Apr 2016
Computational skills are in high demand in many disciplines and careers, yet computer science (CS) education remains elusive, accessible to and accessed by only a select few. In this blog post, Courtney Tanenbaum and Melissa Rasberry call for increased computer science opportunities, especially for underserved populations.
20 Jul 2015
Turning around our nation’s low-performing schools became a national priority—and central focus of education policy at all levels—in 2001 with No Child Left Behind. Then Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants redoubled the nation’s emphasis on school turnaround, giving states more resources to advance improvement efforts within federal requirements. But, ask Courtney Tanenbaum and Cheryl Graczewski, are states ready for the challenge? If so, how are states building the capacity needed to do the job?
13 Mar 2014
A recent ACT report offers new perspectives on the achievement gap between White and Asian students and their African-American, Hispanic, and Native American peers. In this blog post, Courtney Tanenbaum discusses how to address the fact that the academic achievement gap that exists in general for ethnically diverse students is even more pronounced among those interested in the STEM fields, and the importance of having a science identity.