ISSUE DATE: October 8, 2019

STEM Leadership Alliance on the politics of Integrated STEM -

The STEM Leadership Alliance together with the Executive Directors of the STEM Associates NCTM, ISTE, ITEEA, and ASEE, along with STEM Happens Network, PSEG and CCSSO met with Director Droegemeir, Director of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the White House last week.  Together they discussed the White House 5 year STEM Education Strategic Plan which serves as a road map for future federal investments in STEM education and focuses on increasing diversity and equity in STEM education, building strong foundations for every American to become STEM literate and preparing all Americans for future STEM careers.

Last December, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released "Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education" with three primary goals:
  1. Build Strong Foundations for STEM Literacy
  2. Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM and provide all Americans with lifelong access to high-quality STEM education, especially those historically underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields and employment
  3. Prepare the STEM Workforce for the Future (both college-educated STEM practitioners and those trades that do not require a four-year degree)
In order to achieve those goals, five pathways have been identified:
  1. Strategic partnerships that include informal and formal learning environments
  2. Engage students by encouraging trans-disciplinary learning
  3. Build computational literacy
  4. Operate with transparency and accountability
  5. Expand diversity
So there is a common language around integrated STEM, the three principles of integrated STEM were discussed and suggested for the OSTP to adopt:

Principle 1:      Integrated STEM education should advance the learning of each individual STEM discipline.
Principle 2:      Integrated STEM education should provide logical and authentic connections between and across the individual STEM disciplines.
Principle 3:      Integrated STEM education should serve as a bridge to STEM careers.

Through collaboration we can change STEM from just an acronym to true integration across all content areas that inspire and engage ALL our students.
White House Strategy for STEM Education (pdf)
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