Federal Update on STEM

Dear Superintendents,

On November 8, National STEM/STEAM Day, the United States Department of Education (ESED) announced a  $540 million in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education investment including computer science, through discretionary and research grants in Fiscal Year 2019, in accordance with the President’s directive to foster expanded opportunities in these in-demand career fields.   

These funds deliver on a commitment to support STEM education, as well as on the overall goals of the five-year federal STEM education strategic plan. A new progress report offers an update on federal activities related to the plan.  

The funds — about $200 million for new awards and almost $345 million for continuation awards — will be used to prepare the STEM teacher corps, provide graduate student fellowships in areas of national need, increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education, and support state initiatives to expand and improve the transition of high school career and technical education (CTE) students to postsecondary education and employment through apprenticeships, among other areas.

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This group of 4th graders is one of the very first classes to tour the newly renovated Wyoming Capitol.

Memos to be released on Monday, November 25:

  • 2019-139:   CTE Transportation Sector Connector December 10
  • 2019-140:   2019-20 Girls Go CyberStart Challenge
  • 2019-141:   WDE Policy for Isolation and Maintenance Reimbursement
  • 2019-142:   2018-19 Student-Level Graduation Data Verification Process

 

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