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Parents play vital role in molding future scientists, research shows

Parents and family make all the difference in creating the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians, according to new research by George Mason University.

"We were surprised to learn that the family is more important than we ever thought in terms of igniting the passion of future scientists," says Lance Liotta, a study author and co-director of George Mason's Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine.

New Study Offers First Look at Local Control Funding in California School Districts

Education officials from school districts and county offices of education across the state are enthusiastic about California’s new Local Control Funding Formula. But they are concerned about the future of the effort and challenged by a lack of time, information, skills, funding and other resources needed for its full and effective implementation, according to a new study released on October 28 by a team of researchers from across California.

Read further at EDBrief.

CAN Policy Committee – Quarterly Policy Update

On November 25, 2014 the CAN Policy Committee convened for a live update on relevant federal, state, local, and administrative policies impacting expanded learning. CAN Policy Committee Co-chairs provided updates on relevant California policy including election results, ballot propositions, state budget, Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), as well as recently passed legislation. The update also featured information on federal elections, budget, and policies impacting expanded learning.

Outlier: STEM School Study (S3)

Outlier is excited to release the first round of findings from the STEM School Study (S3). These findings include the 8 Elements of inclusive STEM high schools, an interactive Roadmap of the path to STEM school success, and an updated Infographic that explores how STEM schools enact the 8 Elements on a daily basis.

Read further at University of Chicago’s Outlier

Next-Generation Accountability Systems: An Overview of Current State Policies and Practices

Over the past six years, there has been a significant shift in education. States recognized that students were not being taught at levels that adequately prepared them for college and careers and stepped up to develop and implement more rigorous standards. As part of this transition, states have also committed to better supports for educators to adapt to the new standards, better assessments to measure student learning, and better accountability systems to understand where schools are struggling and how to help them improve.


New Policy Brief Outlines Comprehensive Plan to Strengthen Future Computer Science Workforce

A recent report released by the California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) indicates that there is a gap between demand for employees from leading technology companies and the number of properly trained workers. With the growing trend of increasing jobs in the computer science workforce, it is critical to adequately prepare and engage students, especially women and underrepresented minorities, in STEM education to accommodate the demand in the industry. This CSLNet policy brief identifies key problems that pose limitations to California’s next generation of computer science employees.

30 Years Ago, Plenty Of Women Were In Computer Science. All That Changed In 1984.

30 Years Ago, Plenty Of Women Were In Computer Science. All That Changed In 1984. Listen to this NPR segment & read the transcript here.

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State Legislature Approves California High School Advanced Computer Science Bill – SB 1200

State Legislature Approves California SB 1200 by Calif. State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) won final legislative approval after a unanimous bipartisan vote of the State Senate today. The bill calls on the UC and CSU to provide guidelines for high school computer science courses that would satisfy an advanced math subject matter requirement for purposes of undergraduate admissions. Currently schools must submit a proposed course curriculum to the UC and CSU for consideration.