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Educators, Policymakers Say Problem Solving is Important, Not Emphasized in School

Nearly all educators and policymakers say that it's important for students to learn creative problem-solving skills in school, but approximately two-thirds say that current curricula do not emphasize creative problem solving enough, according to a new report out this week.

$1 Million DoD Grant to Improve Math Achievement, STEM Career Readiness

Much of the funding will go toward professional development, interventionists and counselors, to help students look ahead toward their careers, as well as summer STEM programs.

New Service Uses Speech Recognition, Auto-Scoring for Early Reader Assessment

Non-profit NWEA is launching a new oral reading fluency assessment for K-3 that uses speech recognition, automatic scoring and computer adaptive technology rather than human judgment and individual administration.

SAM Labs Introduces 3 New STEAM Kits for Classroom Use

SAM Labs is launching three new STEAM kits designed to encourage student interest in coding and computer science.

Learning Reform Is a State Issue Now

In a nod to the power that state-level people now wield for pushing education reform, an education reform advocate has issued a report to guide them on how to achieve broad-scale personalized and competency-based learning.

Training Cuts Phishing Success

A new study by a security training company has found that even a few months of security awareness instruction can have a big impact on how well recipients respond to phishing attempts. In the education segment, specifically, KnowBe4 found that 27.16 percent of staff were "phishing-prone" — likely to open e-mails or click on files containing malware. After three months of training, the same people were 30 percent less likely to open such e-mail; and after a year, they were 88 percent less likely to do so.

Google Adds Security Features to G Suite for Education, Launches Enterprise EDU Edition

Google today took the wraps off new security features for its education productivity suite, G Suite for Education, which includes Google Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Slides and a range of other tools.

2018 to See More Emergency Hiring to Cover STEM Teacher Gap

According to 100Kin10, the "highest-leverage root causes" for the current STEM teacher shortage are linked to school culture and, in particular, to the culture of professional development, collaboration and accountability. According to a teacher survey, 69 percent of respondents said their principals give "little to no time for them to collaborate and learn from other STEM teachers in their school or district."

After-School STEM Program Gets $3.9 Million Boost

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley has won a five-year $3.9 million grant from the United States Department of Education for a city-wide after-school STEM initiative, dubbed BoSTEM.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of Jan. 22, 2018)

New grant listings include up to $4 million from the Gates Foundation and special grants for STEM education for rural schools. Deadlines for T.A.F. and N.E.A. teacher grants are coming up soon. Upcoming events include the T.C.E.A. Convention in Austin and the CUE 2018 National Conference in Palm Springs, California.

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