Wednesday, April 27, 2011

STEM Vital Signs - Reports by state

The push for higher standards in K-12 education has been underway for the better part of two decades. But even as some states have created clearer and more rigorous academic standards, many have lowered the bar on their state tests. The result? Too many states are lulling parents and their children into a false sense of security at a time when all students need a much stronger foundation in math and science to thrive in a global economy.

This must change. Change the Equation created “Vital Signs” reports on the condition of STEM learning in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to help measure state performance—and dig deeper into the nation’s education challenges. We aim to arm both business leaders and state leaders with the information they need to make the case for truly high expectations for our nation’s students.

View the reports here.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Empowering the Nation Through Discovery and Innovation - NSF Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2011-2016

Empowering the Nation Through Discovery and Innovation - NSF Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2011-2016

NSF 2012 Budget

For 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has played a central role in innovation by catalyzing the development of fundamental ideas in science and engineering and supporting the people who generate them. As the only federal agency dedicated to the support of basic research and education across all fields of science and engineering, and in a time when economic and environmental challenges are becoming increasingly pressing, NSF is positioned to strategically stimulate innovative research that connects the science and engineering enterprise with potential economic, societal, and educational benefit. NSF's high-risk, potentially transformative investments will continue to lead the way for the important discoveries and cutting-edge technologies that will help keep our Nation globally competitive, prosperous, and secure.
NSF's FY 2012 Budget Request is $7.767 billion, an increase of $894.49 million (13 percent) over the 2010 Enacted level. In addition, NSF will receive $1.0 billion over five years for research on improving access to wireless broadband through the Wireless Innovation (WIN) Fund proposed under the Administration's Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative (WI3).
NSF's comprehensive and flexible support of meritorious projects with broad societal impacts enables the Foundation to identify and foster both fundamental and transformative discoveries within and among fields of inquiry. NSF has the latitude to support emerging fields, high-risk ideas, interdisciplinary collaborations, and research that pushes--and even transforms--the very frontiers of knowledge. In these ways, NSF's discoveries inspire the American public--and the world.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Recent Publications from the National Academies


Studies and programs related to engineering and technology cut across the many operational units of the National Academies, including those of the NAE, NAS, IOM, and NRC. The results of these activities are published as reports and proceedings that add to the growing body of knowledge on engineering and technology practice and policy.
You can order these publications or read them online at the website of the National Academies Press, the publishing arm of the National Academies.
 [Print Publication]
  • This volume includes 15 papers from the National Academy of Engineering's 2010 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium held in September 2010. USFOE meetings bring together 100 outstanding engineers (ages 30 to 45) to exchange information about leading-edge technologies in a range of ... Read More
    Author: National Academy of Engineering
  • [Print Publication]
    During a three-hour forum, part of the annual meeting of the National Academy of Engineering on October 4, 2010, a panel of seven experts from a variety of disciplinary and sectoral backgrounds explored the effects, complexities, and risks associated with the global spread of technology and ... Read More
    Author: National Academy of Engineering
  • [Print Publication]
    Nation needs sustained commitment to investment in innovation Read More
    Author: Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine
  • [Print Publication]
    Exposure to noise at home, at work, while traveling, and during leisure activities is a fact of life for all Americans. At times noise can be loud enough to damage hearing, and at lower levels it can disrupt normal living, affect sleep patterns, affect our ability to concentrate at work, interfere ... Read More
    Author: National Academy of Engineering
  • [Print Publication]
    The overall conclusion of this report is that the public image of engineering and engineers must appeal to the optimism and aspirations of students and must be all inclusive. In the past, the image of engineers has been focused mostly on white males and messages have emphasized the preparation ... Read More
    Author: National Academy of Engineering
  • [Print Publication]
    Technological innovation will be essential for addressing the difficult challenges that lie ahead, such as feeding a growing population, meeting the demand for energy without destroying the environment, and countering chronic and emerging infectious diseases. At a public forum at the 2009 Annual ... Read More
    Author: National Academy of Engineering

Why so few? AAUW

In an era when women are increasingly prominent in medicine, law and business, why are there so few women scientists and engineers? A new research report by AAUW presents compelling evidence that can help to explain this puzzle. Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics presents in-depth yet accessible profiles of eight key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers – including stereotypes, gender bias and the climate of science and engineering departments in colleges and universities – that continue to block women’s participation and progress in science, technology, engineering, and math. The report also includes up to date statistics on girls' and women's achievement and participation in these areas and offers new ideas for what each of us can do to more fully open scientific and engineering fields to girls and women.

PowerPoint Presentations
Share findings from Why So Few? at meetings, conferences, and other events.

  • Long version - This hour-long presentation can be broken down into shorter segments and customized for your use.
  • Short version - This version of the hour-long presentation can be given in approximately 25 minutes.
Capitol Hill Briefing
Nobel Laureate Carol Greider spoke at a Capitol Hill briefing on May 4 with report co-author Christianne Corbett.

National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) Webcast
Did you miss the April presentation? View
webcast materials and the video recording on the NGCP website.
Gender-Science IAT
Take the test described in Why So Few? Select Demo, go to Demo, select the
Gender-Science IAT.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sens. Franken’s Floor Statement in Support of Investing in STEM Education

 Sens. Franken’s Floor Statement in Support of Investing in STEM Education

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) spoke on the Senate floor about the need to invest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in order to prepare students to compete in a 21st century economy.

“With the planned reform and reauthorization of No Child Left Behind this year, we have a rare and ideal opportunity to implement real change in K through 12 STEM education in this country,” said Sen. Franken.  “So let’s act now – before it’s too late, before the storm has fully gathered, and before that rapidly-approaching category 5 hurricane destroys the competitive technological edge and prosperity that our country has worked so hard to build and maintain.”

Sen. Franken recently introduce the STEM Master Teacher Corps Act that would boost STEM teacher pay and help improve career advancement opportunities. The legislation is aimed at keeping the best STEM teachers in the field to help ensure that students have the skill set they need to fill the fastest growing jobs in the marketplace and to maintain and improve the country's competitive technological edge.

The legislation has already earned the endorsement of a diverse group of more than 60 Minnesota and national organizations, among them 3M, Medtronic, Education Minnesota, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the College Board, LifeScience Alley, and the National Rural Education Association. For a full list of endorsing organizations, click

For a one-page summary of the bill, click

Monday, April 11, 2011

Jobs for the Future


Our published works are widely referenced because they are grounded in the communities we serve. Each year, JFF publishes more than 40 research reports, case studies, newsletters, and policy briefs that offer insight on local, state, and national practice and policy in education and youth development, workforce development, and economic opportunity.

(sample of Publications)

Education Publications