What will it take to improve STEM education in the US?
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, PCAST, released “Prepare and Inspire: K12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for America’s Future.” The group is comprised of experts in curriculum development and implementation, school administration, teacher preparation and professional development, effective teaching, out-of-school activities, and educational technology. The report was strengthened by additional input from STEM education experts, STEM practitioners, publishers, private companies, educators, and Federal, state, and local education officials.
The report makes several key recommendations including:
- Standards: support the current state-led movement for shared standards in math and science.
- Teachers: recruit and train 100,000 great STEM teachers over the next decade who are able to prepare and inspire students.
- Teachers: recognize and reward the tip 5 percent of the nation’s STEM teachers, by creating a STEM Master Teacher’s Corps.
- Educational Technology: use technology to drive innovation, by creating an advanced research projects agency for education.
- Students: create opportunities for inspiration through individual and group experiences outside the classroom.
- Schools: create 1,000 new STEM-focused schools over the next decade.
- Ensure strong and strategic national leadership.
The full report details the steps PCAST recommends to create a nation with robust STEM education.