• Charting the path from teacher to STEM education leader

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    Sandy Watkins, the road to STEM education started with the conviction there wasn’t enough time in her classroom to cover all the content her students needed. We spoke to Sandy about how she has directed her passion for improving the educational experiences of her students to improve STEM learning for students across Tennessee. She founded an award-winning STEM school in Tennessee and is now a consultant with Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and Purdue University. Our interview with Sandy reveals how she is using the lessons learned from her classroom to change education policy and practice: Q: Tell us about your background in education, and, specifically, in STEM education. A: My career in teaching started in a self-contained elementary classroom where… Read More

  • Program takes teachers inside Army labs for extensive training

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    Conducting research in a real lab with professional mentoring, then taking knowledge gained back to the classroom. Is that the dream of many STEM educators? The year-old RESET program aims to make that dream a reality. RESET, or Research Experiences for STEM Educators and Teachers, offers 60 hours of online summer learning to a select… Read More

  • Webinar: Fund STEM instruction through DonorsChoose.org

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    ** Date change to Thursday, April 20 ** April 20, 2017: 4-5 pm EST Register DonorsChoose.org strives to make it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education. Teachers in 75% of the… Read More

  • Teacher interview: Funding science with DonorsChoose.org

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    For teachers, finding cash to buy classroom “extras” can be difficult. A school’s parent organization can help, but so can generous strangers. That’s the aim of DonorsChoose.org, a web site where teachers at public schools can submit proposals for things their classrooms need, and then individuals, companies and foundations can pledge funding to support that… Read More

  • Tools to get your message heard

    Just a few weeks ago, we unveiled a major re-design to the STEMx website, including a major expansion to our list of STEMx-endorsed resources. We invested in these upgrades (and devoted a full section of the resources to communications) having getting your messages heard matters. It takes serious time, practice, and energy to be heard.… Read More

  • Secretary DeVos, school choice, and Perkins in President Trump’s first 50 days

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    With Donald Trump in the White House, what changes might be in store for education in the United States? When a new administration led by a different political party takes office in Washington, action on important issues is often difficult to predict. We asked Thomas Phillips, a congressional affairs specialist for Battelle, what the first… Read More

  • STEMxchange: David’s message for leaders

    In our continuing series of essays reflecting on our annual gathering, STEMxchange, here’s an essay from Battelle’s David Burns that reflects on his messages for leaders of state STEM organizations at STEMxchange 2016. by David Burns, Director of Battelle STEM Innovation Networks At Battelle, we don’t just partner with folks because it feels good. I… Read More

  • Webinar: Tools to build STEM schools

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    March 15, 2017: 4-5 pm EST Register STEM schools can be engines of academic achievement and innovation. But how do you build them well? And build them to last. In our next webinar, we’ll be joined by Dorothy Earle, Wes Hall, and Denise Devora. Each represent a state who’s published tools for building great STEM schools.… Read More

  • Opening up the STEMx archives

    by Michael Feder, Director of STEMx Today, we’re rolling out a major upgrade to the STEMx website, which includes a cleaner look and the launch of the STEMx endorsed resources. It’s my great pleasure to recognize the work of STEMx members who have created the tools that received the STEMx “seal of approval.” Each month,… Read More

  • STEMxchange: The Six E’s of Engagement

    When STEMx was launched, we chose three words to sum up the goals of the organization: Educate. Engage. Exchange. As STEM learning professionals, we do the first every day. At STEMxchange 2016, we exchanged ideas from across the country. But how do we engage with the broader community? And how do we engage effectively? In Dallas, Anthony… Read More