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Bridging the STEM gender gap

Bridging the STEM gender gap

March 16, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Today, although to a lesser degree than in the past, women remain underrepresented in the STEM workforce, with the greatest disparities occurring in engineering, computer science and the physical sciences. According to a 2016 report by the National Science Foundation, female students’ achievement and participation in science and math in grades K-12 was on par […]

The road to school is paved with learning opportunities

June 30, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Learning can happen anywhere and everywhere – at home, in the grocery store, at the library or on a walk through the neighborhood. Take advantage of summer months to reinforce basic skills before your early learner heads to kindergarten this fall – or to brush up on skills with your elementary student. Encourage reading Help […]

Learning opportunities are around every corner

May 14, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

The question sounded like the lead-in to a bad punchline. “What do you call it when a starfish loses its leg and it grows back?” asked our 17-year-old, who was sitting in the back seat of the car with her two siblings. We had taken a wrong turn that would get us to our destination […]

Learning code introduces students to ‘new way of thinking’

November 12, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Students of all ages are acquiring a language that will serve them well in the future: They’re learning computer code. Educators say learning code exposes students to more than technical skills; they’re gaining critical thinking and problem solving skills that will serve them well in any future job. “Learning to program opens up a new […]

Why does the math look different?

October 29, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

One of the biggest roadblocks to a better understanding of Common Core mathematics standards is the aversion so many people have to math. Ask around, and more adults recall their old math class with disdain or outright revulsion than those who have warm and fuzzy memories. Those same people, when asked to help their son […]

More kids prefer broccoli to math; why we should learn to love STEM skills

More kids prefer broccoli to math; why we should learn to love STEM skills

March 28, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Who likes to clean their bathroom? Survey says: More people than like to solve math problems! These results from a study by Change the Equation, a nonprofit initiative to further math and science learning, raise concern about the state of STEM-related education in our schools. Massachusetts policy maker JD Chesloff argues that STEM skills should […]

There are a number of ways to have fun with math in summer months

July 31, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Finding ways to work math activities into summer fun might require a calculated effort, but taking a vacation from numbers can have a detrimental effect on academic success. According to the National Summer Learning Association, students can lose two months of grade-level math skills, on average, if they don’t practice during the summer. It’s known […]

Preschool math made fun

February 14, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Whether it’s counting forks for the dinner table or measuring the length of the kitchen counter with Matchbox cars, there are plenty of opportunities to make learning math concepts fun for your preschool child. Learning beginning math concepts such as sorting, patterning, ordering, counting and number recognition can help your child navigate the world of […]

Discovering the world of math and science

December 16, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Even if you don’t consider yourself math/science-minded, there are plenty of fun and easy ways for you and your children to discover the exciting world of math and science right at home. Here are some ideas: Learn something new together. So your 4-year-old wants to know why pteranodons don’t fly the skies anymore. Often we […]

Embrace your role as teacher

December 6, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

You’ve taught your daughter how to spell her name, tie her shoes and say “please” and “thank you” at the appropriate times. As she heads off to school, you may think it’s time to relinquish your job as “teacher” for that of “coach” – ensuring that she does her homework and gets to school on […]