Niagara University: STEM career preparation for children prioritized

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When the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., was invested as Niagara University’s 26th president, he stated in his inaugural address the Catholic and Vincentian institution would become an even greater regional partner by forging a “distinctive role in STEM education, computer science, logistics and other fields that support the advancement of industry in our region.” Opening the B. Thomas Golisano … Read More

Go girls go!!!!! In D.C., Girls Get a Crash Course in Coding

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Working alongside tech giants like AT&T and AOL Charitable Foundation, Girls Who Code just launched a summer immersion program in 11 cities, targeting girls in grades 11 and 12. The newest program is in Washington, D.C. “Girls Who Code is about bringing about change,” said CEO and founder Reshma Saujani. “What better way to do that than being in our … Read More

Donors sought for new Central Park STEM playground

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The Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF) is granting $50,000 toward a creative playground project for the newCentral Park STEM Elementary School, which is scheduled to open at the start of the 2017-18 school year. In addition to the $50,000 grant, MACF is providing a two to one match for donations from community members, up to $100,000 total. Read more here

DISD, SMU to benefit from Dallas-based Texas Instruments’ $5M STEM funding

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“Our focus is on collaborative strategies to improve teaching effectiveness and student success in STEM education,” said Andy Smith, executive director of the TI Foundation and TI director of corporate philanthropy. “We seek out effective partners who share our goals, make strategic investments and develop long-term relationships with educators and their organizations to support proven, successful programs that can be … Read More

Gates Foundation to ‘stay the course’ as it seeks to help shape state education policies

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CHICAGO — Melinda Gates said she and her husband, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, learned an important lesson from the fierce pushback against the Common Core State Standards in recent years. Not that they made the wrong bet when they poured hundreds of millions of dollars into supporting the education standards, but that such a massive initiative will not be successful … Read More

20 Years After Groundbreaking Report on Teaching, a New Report Asks: What Now?

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“What Matters Now: A Call to Action,” released at a forum in the nation’s capital today, offers several policy and practice recommendations to support and improve teaching and learning, while also serving as a retrospective of the teaching profession following the 1996 report, “What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future.” Read more here

Weber School District votes unanimously to increase taxes

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WASHINGTON TERRACE — The Weber School District Board of Education voted to increase taxes by 6.78 percent Wednesday night. The board voted 8-0 in favor of the increase, which will feed revenue into the district to pay for buses, textbooks and instructional resources, as well as maintenance projects such as roofs, boilers and parking lots. Read more here

Utah school board, UEA near agreement to end teacher discipline lawsuit

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Education » Suit claimed new licensing rules were unfair. A lawsuit accusing the Utah Board of Education of violating teachers’ rights could be put to rest this week. The board is scheduled to discuss a settlement agreement during its Friday meeting. If approved, the agreement would settle challenges raised by the Utah Education Association over the way teachers are judged … Read More