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New hope for School and District Leaders in Search of Truly Effective Programs

September 27, 2016

School superintendents and principals get swamped by pitches from people selling curriculum, technology, professional development programs, and any number of other solutions to their schools’ challenges. Many don’t have the background to separate the wheat from the chaff. After all, they’re not education researchers. Often, educators have to go for the best-looking brochure, and so their students don’t really benefit from the growing body of research about what is mostly likely to work in schools.

Tags: STEMworks

The Moment We've All Been Waiting For

September 21, 2016

Four years of anticipation swept the nation’s capital and culminates this weekend at the unveiling of the National Mall’s newest addition. The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opens to the public officially this Saturday September 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm.  And if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, Grand Opening activities begin on Friday with the Freedom Sounds festival and continue through Sunday.

Can virtual reality transform US high schools?

September 15, 2016

Ten high schools have just received $10 million each in an ambitious project to reinvent high school. One of those schools, a public charter school in Washington, DC, aims to create technologies that transform how students experience science. If this approach works, it will address a glaring need in US schools.

Tags: science, technology

Dinner with a Side of Data

September 13, 2016

Even in the earliest days of communication people saw pictorials as a useful means of telling stories and relaying important information at a glance.  Here at Change the Equation we’re no different. There’s nothing like a well-planned chart, graph, or infographic to make you hungry and help you plan ahead!

Tags: math

Supporting STEM Education Will Help Bring More Diversity to Financial Services

September 9, 2016

MIchael Bodson, President & CEO at DTCCSummer is unofficially over and kids are back in school. This time of year always gets me thinking about the past and my own children preparing to start the new semester.

Tags: guest blog, diversity

Apply Now for New STEM Scale-Up Grants in Iowa

September 1, 2016

If you run a STEM program that could benefit children and youth in the great state of Iowa, then be sure to throw your hat in the ring for the sixth annual Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council Scale-Up Program! For the third year running, the Council is using CTEq's STEMworks to vet programs for state funding.

Tags: STEMworks

New Data: High Schoolers Lack Access to Statistics Courses

August 31, 2016

As recently as 2011, “big data” was not very big news. Fast forward five years, and it consistently ranks among business leaders’ top priorities.

Tags: math, jobs & workforce

Maryland, My Maryland

August 26, 2016

Katie Ledecky & Michael PhelpsMany of us were captivated by the athleticism and accomplishments on display in Rio as competitors appeared to defy gravity and human limits. We sat in awe as record after record was broken and, with no small amount of pride, cheered as the medal counts appeared on the screen.  Those of us from Maryland felt special glee about the medal totals: had Maryland participated as a country, it would have earned more gold than all but five nations.

Idaho Uses STEMworks to Fund STEM Professional Development

August 23, 2016

Does your program offer professional development for STEM teachers? Are you ready to help teachers in Idaho? If so, the Idaho STEM Action Center might have a grant for you.

The Idaho STEM Action Center is the latest partner in our efforts to help states identify and expand the nation's best STEM education programs. It will join leading STEM organizations in states like Colorado, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan in using CTEq's rigorous STEMworks review process to find programs that are most likely to make a difference for America's youth.

Tags: STEMworks, teachers

The Hidden Gold in the Olympics? Big Data

August 19, 2016

Helen Maroulis gets emotional over gold medalThere’s nothing like a two-week binge on the Rio Olympics to experience, vicariously, “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” in the words of the late sportscaster Jim McKay.

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