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Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

NEA Leads the Way with STEM Education

If the United States is to hold a competitive edge in a rapidly changing global workforce, bolstering the nation’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is essential.

The nation needs to connect students to jobs of the future by reengaging them in these important fields, says NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, and we must have the teachers to help get them there.

Watch the official announcement here:

STEM Resources, ideas and articles:

Survey: U.S. Students Better at Science Than Public Realizes

NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle Joins Tech Leaders at Politico Panel on STEM Challenges

SMILE Website Offers 1,000s of Searchable Science & Math Lessons

Science Superhero Michelle Shearer

Gender Gap in STEM Fields Persist

Building 21st Century Skills

The 21st-century learner is here–is your classroom ready?

STEM Resources for your School: 

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Resources for preK-12

Provides interactives, web features, activities, programs, and events for K-12. Saturday and Summer professional development workshops are available through the Teacher Institute.

 NASA – Educators
Lesson plans, teacher guides, classroom activities, video clips, games, posters, and more for teachers and students in grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12, and higher education.

National STEM Video Game Challenge
Middle school (5-8), high school students (9-12), and educators are invited to design games that incorporate STEM content or STEM themes in innovative and engaging ways. Home schoolers are eligible to enter as well. Sign up to be notified about the 2013 competition.

Master Tools
Eight interactive math and science tools and simulations for students in grades 6-12. All simulations and curriculum materials meet the new National Science Education Standards and National Math Education Standards.

Find more here.

Professional Development Resources:

STEM Education Resource Center
Provides nearly 4,000 science, technology, engineering and math resources for PreK-5, 6-12 as well as free, self-paced modules for teachers teaching global climate change to middle school and high school students.

 NASA ePDN - Electronic Professional Development Network
NASA offers free online professional development certificate programs for K-12 teachers in robotics, statistics, project-based inquiry learning, and technology integration and self-directed courses in astrobiology, microgravity, and outer space environment.

Stories of Collaboration, Connectedness and Empowerment

Harnessing the Potential of Innovative STEM Education Programs.


Letter to Senate on STEM Education Amendments to S.744

"NEA members appreciate the “Gang of 8” including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) provisions, as part of S. 744, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) bill. NEA believes that if the U.S. is to hold a competitive edge in a rapidly changing global economy, bolstering the nation’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is essential."

STEM Educator Named National Teacher of the Year

Jeff Charbonneau was singled out for his passionate dedication to transforming science education into an interactive and accessible learning experience for all his students.

NEA awards first STEM challenge grant to Colorado initiative

The National Education Association awarded its first STEM challenge grant to Colorado’s STEM training initiative. The teaching grant will help prepare more Colorado students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

NEA Unveils Plans to Prepare More Stem Teachers, Erik Robelen for EdWeek,

“Both the math and science programs aren't just about preparing teachers. They aim to bring a different approach to STEM instruction.”

National Education Association leaders say they’re stepping up to help train new teachers for in-demand fields, following through on their president’s pledge for the union to play a larger role in developing educators.  By Dave Murray. 

Leading the STEM Challenge, Dennis Van Roekel for The Huffington Post,

We know the things that work -- quality early childhood education, smaller class sizes, greater emphasis on reading, math, science, art and technology, up-to-date textbooks and computers and highly qualified teachers.

New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning

National Education Association Grant Will Allow CTL to Expand Number of Physics Teachers.


 NEA Priority Schools - NJ Progressive Science Initiative