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National Convocation Highlights Best Practices for Improving STEM Education

By U.S. National Science Foundation

October 3, 2011

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Advances in science and engineering will be largely responsible for future economic growth and job creation, according to a new report issued by the U.S. National Research Council.

The study offers best practices for improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and provides recommendations for school districts and policymakers. About 300 educators, policymakers, and business professionals recently gathered at Drexel University to launch a national effort to put the report's ideas into action.

"The 21st century is the century of science and technology--not just for people who are in the STEM enterprise, but for the average citizens of the world," says U.S. National Science Foundation director Subra Suresh. "They have to be science savvy, they have to be engineering savvy, they have to be technology savvy, just to survive in the global competitive landscape."

The recommendations will be key to improving STEM learning and teaching in classrooms. The report will be shared with practitioners, state and local STEM education leaders, and others, and its findings will guide future research on STEM education.

From U.S. National Science Foundation
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