[NHDOE-ETNews] The Every Student Succeeds Act - Joint Web Seminar: National Science Education Leadership Association/NSTA Webinar May 18 on ESSA

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Mon May 16 09:23:29 EDT 2016


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ITEM:  The Every Student Succeeds Act - Joint Web Seminar: National Science Education Leadership Association/NSTA Webinar May 18 on ESSA

Info on the May 18 webinar:
Join NSELA and NSTA for a joint webinar<http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NSTA/webseminar55.aspx> on the new federal education law--The Every Student Succeeds Act, Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
No Child Left Behind is gone and the new federal education legislation-the Every Student Succeeds Act or ESSA-is coming, and soon.
District leaders and teachers will need to know how, and if, ESSA will change the way science and STEM is taught in your school or district.
At this webinar we will examine the new law with a focus on science/STEM education and teachers. Learn about the key changes from NCLB, get answers to your questions, and find out where (and how) you can find and access federal dollars for science and STEM programs. Classroom science teachers, district and school science leaders, administrators, and other science education stakeholders are encouraged to attend.
Date: Wednesday May 18, Time: 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT / 4:30 p.m. MT / 3:30 p.m. PT
Register at http://learningcenter.nsta.org/webseminars.

(email sent to NSTA Board of Directors and NSELA leadership, ESSA guidance)
Dear colleagues,

The Department of Education (ED) provides non-regulatory guidance to assist States, districts and other grantees in understanding and implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, the new federal education law. Non-regulatory guidance is not binding and does not impose any new requirements beyond those in the law and regulations; rather, it is intended to help the public understand the law, how ED is interpreting the law, and to provide clarification and examples of best practices.

ED is seeking thoughts, comments, and suggestions from the education community on areas or specific new requirements of the ESSA that would benefit from such guidance.

Jodi Peterson, in collaboration with the STEM Education Coalition, is collecting input from the STEM education community to help inform the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as it relates to support state and local STEM education related activities.

Providing this information to the Department of Education is an important step toward ensuring that districts and states have reliable and comprehensive guidance implementing the STEM and STEM related programs under the new law.
Please review the provisions below and provide BRIEF insights and feedback you may have.  Each major STEM provision is annotated below with questions and comments to foster further input.
Your response should be returned to Jodi (jpeterson at nsta.org<mailto:jpeterson at nsta.org>) not later than May 23.
Assessments:

PART B-STATE ASSESSMENT GRANTS
''(G) At the discretion of the State, refining science assessments required under section 1111(b)(2) in order to integrate engineering design skills and practices into such assessments.


Q:  Is there any need for further clarification of the highlighted areas?  If so, please provide brief definitions or criteria which would clarify these terms or provide links to organizations or research that would better define these terms.

STEM Master Teacher Corps:

''SEC. 2245. STEM MASTER TEACHER CORPS.
''(a) IN GENERAL.-From the funds reserved under section 2241(4) for a fiscal year, the Secretary may award grants to- 1) State educational agencies to enable such agencies to support the development of a State-wide STEM master teacher corps; or ''(2) State educational agencies, or nonprofit organizations in partnership with State educational agencies, to support the implementation, replication, or expansion of effective science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professional development in programs in schools across the State through collaboration with school administrators, principals, and STEM educators.
''(b) STEM MASTER TEACHER CORPS.-In this section, the term 'STEM master teacher corps' means a State-led effort to elevate the status of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching profession by recognizing, rewarding, attracting, and retaining outstanding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers, particularly in high-need and rural schools, by-
''(1) selecting candidates to be master teachers in the corps on the basis of-
''(A) content knowledge based on a screening examination; and
''(B) pedagogical knowledge of and success in teaching;
''(2) offering such teachers opportunities to-
''(A) work with one another in scholarly communities; and
''(B) participate in and lead high-quality professional development; and
''(3) providing such teachers with additional appropriate and substantial compensation for the work described in paragraph (2) and in the master teacher community.
Q:  Is there any need for further clarification of the highlighted definitions?  If so, please provide brief definitions or criteria which would clarify these terms or provide links to organizations (NBPTS) or research that would better define these terms.




State-wide Efforts to Expand High-Quality STEM Courses:



``SEC. 4104. STATE USE OF FUNDS.


``(i) increasing student access to and improving

            student engagement and achievement in--



                    ``(I) high-quality courses in science, technology,

                engineering, and mathematics, including computer

                science;


Q:  Does the Department need to establish criteria for how a "high-quality course" is definition for a STEM subject?  Is there some existing criteria or research we might point them to on this point?


Local (LEA/District) Activities to Support STEM Education


Title IV``SEC. 4107. ACTIVITIES TO SUPPORT WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATIONAL

OPPORTUNITIES.

``(C) programming and activities to improve instruction and
        student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and
        mathematics, including computer science, (referred to in this
        section as `STEM subjects') such as-

                ``(i) increasing access for students through grade 12
            who are members of groups underrepresented in such subject
            fields, such as female students, minority students, English
            learners, children with disabilities, and economically
            disadvantaged students, to high-quality courses;

                ``(ii) supporting the participation of low-income
            students in nonprofit competitions related to STEM subjects
            (such as robotics, science research, invention,
            mathematics, computer science, and technology
            competitions);

                ``(iii) providing hands-on learning and exposure to
            science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and
            supporting the use of field-based or service learning to
            enhance the students' understanding of the STEM subjects;

                ``(iv) supporting the creation and enhancement of STEM-
            focused specialty schools;

                ``(v) facilitating collaboration among school, after-
            school program, and informal program personnel to improve
            the integration of programming and instruction in the
            identified subjects; and

                ``(vi) integrating other academic subjects, including
            the arts, into STEM subject programs to increase
            participation in STEM subjects, improve attainment of
            skills related to STEM subjects, and promote well-rounded
            education;

Q:  Do any of the specific terms used here require further clarification/description?

Q:  Does your organization have any guidance on best practices within in any of these areas?  If so, please share.



Educational Technology to Support STEM Learning



``SEC. 4109. ACTIVITIES TO SUPPORT THE EFFECTIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY.


``(5) providing professional development in the use of

    technology (which may be provided through partnerships with outside

    organizations) to enable teachers and instructional leaders to

    increase student achievement in the areas of science, technology,

    engineering, and mathematics, including computer science; and

Q:  Do you have any example of projects/partnerships/activities that would meet the criteria of this section?

Q:  Does the Department need to clarify professional development or what would qualify as increasing "student achievement?"


STEM-Focused Specialty School Definition

``SEC. 4102. DEFINITIONS.

``(8) Stem-focused specialty school.--The term `STEM-focused
    specialty school' means a school, or dedicated program within a
    school, that engages students in rigorous, relevant, and integrated
    learning experiences focused on science, technology, engineering,
    and mathematics, including computer science, which include
    authentic schoolwide research.


Q:  Is there any need for further clarification of this definition?

Q:  Do you have examples of specific schools that meet this definition?


David L. Evans, Ph.D.
Executive Director
National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 312-9254
devans at nsta.org<mailto:devans at nsta.org>


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