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STEM For All

by Laura Devaney

eSchool News

Article excerpt

Here’s how to leverage federal funds for STEM education

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance around leveraging federal funds for STEM education in an attempt to close the equity and opportunity gaps that persist for historically underserved students. A letter directed to states, school districts and schools offers examples of how federal funds can serve to support the development, implementation and expansion of STEM education and learning experiences to improve student achievement.

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Steering STEM in the Right Direction

Funding can be used to effectively support STEM initiatives but, too often, the funding received isn’t leveraged as well as it might be, particularly for students in rural or disadvantaged school systems. Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education has been shared in an effort to both improve student access and support educators’ efforts. What additional opportunities do you have to boost STEM knowledge among your students?

The DOE’s recommendations fall into three categories: increase students’ equitable access, support educators’ knowledge and expertise and increase student access to needed materials and equipment. Components of President Obama’s Every Student Succeeds Act are also referenced. Identifying which of these elements may be missing from your current plan can provide a starting point for discussion and strategy development.