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Yesterday, the White House hosted its first-ever summit dedicated to raising awareness for next generation high schools, a day-long event to examine the strategies at work to redesign high schools to prepare students for both college and careers, particularly with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The Obama Administration has been a longtime supporter of next generation high school strategies, including a reference in the president’s State of the Union address and a $125 million competitive grant program under his FY16 budget request to award districts partnering with postsecondary institutions to implement high school redesign strategies. The program, however, has yet to be included in either chamber of Congress’ FY16 spending bills, leaving the administration to seek alternative vehicles for its efforts.
During the event, as reported here by Education Week, more than $375 million was raised to implement high school redesign strategies aligned to the principles of the Administration’s next generation high school efforts. Highlights include $200 million from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to build support for competency-based education in New England; an additional $20 million for the administration’s i3 grant program to support high school redesign for low-income serving institutions, and a commitment from 13 companies affiliated with Change the Equation to serve more than 100,000 volunteer hours to promote STEM education.
The White House released a fact sheet with additional details on its efforts and the event, which can be accessed here. Tell us about innovative strategies that you’ve found successful in delivering STEM curriculum in the comments!
Posted by Sean Lynch on 11/11/2015 at 05:13 PM in Career Readiness, Executive Branch, In the News, STEM | Permalink
In the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, AZ, we have a nearly 90% poverty level. We have implemented wall to wall college and career academies in our two comprehensive high schools. One of our academies, iSTEM, has a CTE manufacturing program named to the Manufacturing Institute "M List," which emphasizes nationally-recognized certifications from NIMS, SolidWorks, Mastercam and others, plus dual college credit, embedded high school Math credit, industry partnerships, paid internships and scholarships. Our CTE programs are central to the design of our academies and the included rigorous programs of study. The Next Generation High Schools Summit should prove to be valuable to launch more programs with these components.
Kathy Prather, CTE Directir |
11/12/2015 at 11:37 AM
Thanks for sharing, Kathy! That sounds like a great program.
Sean Lynch |
11/12/2015 at 03:21 PM
In Washington State, Highline Public Schools (76% poverty) developed Waskowitz Environmental Leadership & Service (WELS) 15 years ago. WELS is a recuperative program for 10th -12th grade students that have experienced multiple indicators of educational failures identified by the HPS On-Track tool or want a safe and nurturing school environment for academic success. Counselors and family members recommend students for inclusion in the program. Students complete an application and interview to insure students have the attitude and aptitude to be a leader in our 6th grade residential outdoor environmental education program (ROEE) at Waskowitz. We are a Career and Technical Education (CTE) rich program providing multiple 21st century skills learning opportunities and skills for jobs in the outdoor recreation, teaching, natural resources, and marine tech fields.
Academics and CTE is the perfect combination; engaging students as scholars and leaders in service to community and their future.
Roberta McFarland |
11/18/2015 at 12:24 PM
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