The Push to Improve STEM Education (edWeek)

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A live-chat invite from our friends at Education Week magazine:

The Push to Improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education
When: Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 2 p.m. Eastern time
Submit questions in advance.

Please join us for this chat to discuss the push to improve precollegiate education in the STEM fields, the topic of Education Week‘s newly released annual report Technology Counts 2008.

Calls for improving young people’s mastery of the skills and knowledge undergirding the United States’ technological strength have been amplified in recent years by concerns about economic competition from well-educated but lower-paid foreign workers and the perceived precariousness of U.S. prosperity.

What are the federal government, states, districts, and schools doing to bolster U.S. students’ proficiency in STEM fields, and what else needs to be done? Should U.S. schools take a more interdisciplinary approach to science, technology, engineering, and math? What role do graduation requirements, teacher qualifications, teacher-training practices, and even student contests play in advancing student achievement in STEM? Discuss these questions and more with our expert guests.

About the guests:

Sean Cavanagh is an assistant editor of Education Week and a senior writer for Technology Counts 2008.

Shirley M. Malcom is the head of education and human resources for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Charles Toulmin is a senior policy analyst at the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices.

Submit questions in advance.

No special equipment other than Internet access is needed to participate in this text-based chat. A transcript will be posted shortly after the completion of the chat.

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