• Sad news

    Update: Here’s the website set up by Margaret’s family: http://www.forevermissed.com/margaret-ashida/ Over the weekend, Margaret Ashida, Executive Director of STEMx, passed away. The education community has lost a leading advocate. Her work includes an impressive list of leadership positions in organizations across the country, and credentials from elite universities. Her industry expertise and commitment to excellent STEM education opportunities for all students will be sorely missed. As anyone who had the pleasure of working alongside Margaret knows, she was a tireless advocate for equity and access, and a persistent, diligent team member. Our team, along with countless others, will miss her knowledge and skill—but what we will miss most is her kindness and cheerful smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family… Read More

  • To Congress: Reauthorize the Perkins Act

    Today we joined over 200 businesses and other organizations in writing to Congress to urge reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). Together, we recommended that the reauthorization include alignment of career tech programs to labor market needs; support collaboration between secondary and postsecondary institutions and employers; increase student participation in… Read More

  • Try out the STEMx Sustainability Compass

    By Margaret Ashida Today we announced the STEMx™ Sustainability Compass at a national Change the Equation summit in Washington, D.C. Co-developed with Education First and Battelle, this online tool is designed to help state STEM networks understand if they are on a path to sustainability. A compass is an essential tool in wilderness survival. And… Read More

  • The Idea of Integrated STEM

    by Margaret Ashida, director of the STEMx network If you ask five people to define STEM education, you’ll probably get five different answers.  The reality is there is no single definition!  The STEMx network thinks about it this way: STEM 1.0 = the acronym for the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – each… Read More

  • Quick thoughts for Code.org

    by Margaret Ashida, director of the STEMx network Today, I’ll be on a call with some of the great folks leading Code.org. So, it’s a great reason to post a quick walkthrough of what the STEMx network does and why we do it. Mission: connect state networks and education stakeholders to accelerate the growth of policies,… Read More

  • Report calls promise of STEM “tantalizing”

    by Margaret Ashida, director of the STEMx network The National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council has released findings on STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research.  Based upon a two-year study by an NAE/NRC Committee, the report provides a descriptive framework, explores design implications and implementation context suggested… Read More

  • Pharmaceutical industry issues call to action on STEM

    PhRMA, the organization that represents American pharmaceutical companies, has released a new report on how strengthening America’s standing in STEM is “critical to continued scientific and technological innovation.” The report is well worth reading and anyone interested in STEM should head over to PhRMA.org to download a copy. (Full disclosure: the report was authored by Battelle’s Technology Practice… Read More

  • STEMmobile school tour stops in state capital

    Policy-makers in Nashville will get a chance to see STEM education up close today as the STEMmobile, a mobile STEM laboratory of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, is on exhibit at Nashville’s legislative plaza. On a brief break from its tour of schools across 20 counties in rural Tennessee, the STEMmobile will be in Nashville… Read More

  • Quality STEM Programs: How Do We Know When We See One?

    by Margaret Ashida, director of the STEMxTM network One of the primary goals of the Kentucky STEMx™ Network is to define and support the characteristics of highly effective STEM initiatives. To this end, a network team embarked upon a study of other STEMx states’ design and school rubrics en route to creating a draft Kentucky STEM… Read More

  • Symposium on science standards draws 30 states!

    by Margaret Ashida, director of the STEMxTM network Last week I joined more than 250 leaders in science, education and assessment at a national Invitational Research Symposium on Science Assessment.  Over 30 states brought teams to our nation’s capital to engage with academia, industry and government on the goal of improved student assessment and achievement, pertaining… Read More