Washington D.C. - According to Brian Witte in the TIMES, "Historians may one day look back on the 21st century as a scientific revolution of sorts. Like the Industrial Revolution that occurred in the 1700 and 1800s, a scientific revolution would transform many aspects of the world around us, including our own selves. The United States may one day play a central role in opening the door to a scientific revolution, but to do so would require a sophisticated method of educating our students about science."
Trenton, NJ - According to Catherine Gewertz, "You've followed the assessment soap opera as dozens of states signed up for PARCC and Smarter Balanced, and then, one by one, about half dropped out. Now a new story line is emerging: States are throwing over PARCC or Smarter Balanced to use the SAT or ACT for their high school accountability tests. How far this trend will go is an open question at the moment. But yesterday delivered the latest news of its direction, when Connecticut announced that it would use the SAT instead of the Smarter Balanced assessment for its 11th graders."
Newark, NJ - ManufactureNJ, The New Jersey Advanced Manufacturing (M-NJ) Talent Network, is hosting its first-ever Young Manufacturers Summer Academy (YMSA) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), during the week of August 10-15, to help combat the current skills gap in the manufacturing industry.
Washington D.C. - According o Matthew Dembicki, "The White House is hoping community college leaders, students and their supporting communities will help get the word out about the president’s proposal for free community college for qualifying students. At the annual retreat of the American Association of Community Colleges(AACC) board of directors this week in Washington, D.C., White House officials noted that there’s currently an opportunity to get the ear of lawmakers about the importance of higher education and the critical role of community colleges."
Trenton, NJ - Officials with Verizon Wireless and the Verizon Foundation recently presented a $65,000 HopeLine grant to the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation® at Emerson Middle School in Union City. The grant will be used to support the Foundation’s educational initiative, Margaret’s Place, at Emerson Middle School – in addition to other locations throughout the region. Margaret’s Place offers students a “safe room” in schools to talk with each other and a professional counselor about violence-related issues.
Trenton, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan and Assembly colleagues to create a task force charged with recommending how to incorporate engineering into the K-12 science curriculum received final legislative approval last month and now heads to the governor's desk.
Washington D.C. - According to Sophie Quinton of Pew Charitable Trust, "New College of Florida doesn’t offer pre-professional degrees, like nursing or engineering. Students choose the public liberal arts college because they want an intellectual experience. Many take a year off after graduation to pursue research or community service. Yet last fall, New College opened a flashy new career center on its Sarasota campus. It needed to prove to the state that it was helping students find jobs and graduate on time, or risk losing $1.1 million in state aid. “That’s a big deal for us,” David Gulliver, media relations coordinator for New College, said of the money.
Galloway Township, NJ – Stockton University offers rising high school seniors interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from 15 high schools and Stockton University faculty from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics the opportunity to partner. The Science Enrichment Academy at Stockton (SEAS) program introduces students to STEM topics through a wide variety of coursework, data collection, data analysis, problem solving and hands-on experiences in a wide variety of subjects not typically found in the high school setting. At the end of the two weeks, students will present their final projects.
Ridgewood, NJ - According to Darius Amos, "Thanks in part to a large donation, learning at the Ridgewood middle school level is about to step into the future. The Ridgewood Education Foundation (REF) has awarded an $85,000 leadership grant to the Board of Education to "kick off the renovation of science classrooms" at George Washington and Benjamin Franklin middle schools, according to REF Board of Trustees President Jennie Smith Wilson."
Galloway, NJ - More than 200 girls in grades 9-11 and 30 educators from high schools throughout New Jersey will attend AAUW NJ teentech 2015, a day of hands-on workshops designed to engage girls in the broad opportunities available in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields.
Trenton, NJ - In his opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Governor Christie outlined his five point economic plan for the nation. Titled "My Plan to Raise Growth and Incomes," he included the importance of innovation and R&D to spur economic growth.
Newark, NJ - According to Verizon New Jersey Community Update, "Students at Dr. E. Alma Flagg and George Washington Carver schools in Newark are exploring the exciting world of STEM education with support from Verizon. Each has been awarded a $20,000 Verizon Innovate Learning Grant. They are two of 80 public schools across the country to receive a grant this year as part of Verizon’s investment to help provide teachers with the resources they need to use technology more innovatively and effectively to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math."
Pittsburgh, PA - ASSET STEM Education announced a third round of its STEM Scholarship Program. The program, launched in August 2014 in honor of ASSET’s 20th anniversary, provides hands-on STEM classroom materials and educator professional development to underfunded schools and educational organizations to advance student success and workforce readiness.
According to the center’s director, Anthony P. Carnevale, “Our research also finds that key job growth has occurred in careers demanding high skilled workers in offices, hospitals and schools. Manufacturing jobs and other blue-collar jobs are declining and college-educated workers now produce more than half of the nation’s annual economic value. In 1967, college graduates accounted for 13 percent of workers and more than 20 percent of wages, but now account for 34 percent of workers and 53 percent of wages."
This increase of wealth has shifted consumer demand from mass produced goods to mass customization of goods and services. American’s spend less on clothing and food: food and clothing dropped 27 percent since 1947. This trend allows U.S. citizens more discretionary funds to spend.
For the complete report: https://cew.georgetown.edu/report/economygoestocollege/
Trenton, NJ - Last week, Karin Price Mueller of NJ.com posted an article titled " The High Cost of Jersey: Why We Stay." New Jersey is one of the most expensive states in which to live. While many say they can't wait to leave, many more say they wouldn't go, even if they could. What makes the Garden State such a bad financial deal for families? And why do some choose to stay despite it all?
It is due to New Jersey's high quality life. The state is a leader in education, health care, entertainment and great for raising a family. For the full article: http://www.nj.com/inside-jersey/index.ssf/2015/03/the_high_cost_of_jersey_why_we_stay.html
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