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Alabama school officials mull $3 million career tech expansion

A multimillion-dollar expansion of the Limestone County Career Technical Center could be considered by the county school board. The expansion would create about 22,000 square feet of instructional space and could be completed by October 2015.

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California schools chief releases blueprint to improve STEM teaching

For California to maintain its leadership in high-tech innovation, the state must emphasize helping students become literate in STEM, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said as part of his STEM Task Force-issued Blueprint for STEM report. The report offered recommendations in seven general areas, including public awareness, access and framework.

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Several Wis. districts to receive state grants for enhanced STEM courses

Four school districts in the Madison area have been awarded state grants to enhance STEM course offerings. The area districts are four of 15 districts in Wisconsin sharing $250,000 in STEM funding for the 2014-2015 school year. Approved projects will include collaboration with institutes of higher learning, business, industry or community-based organizations that serve youth.

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Mass. foundation partners with district on tech integration

Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence is partnering with Winchester Public Schools on a new campaig called "powerED Up, Transforming Classrooms." It designed to ensure the seamless integration of technology into each school. The foundation is kicking off the campaign with a $100,000 gift to address inadequate network infrastructure in Winchester schools. The three-year private fundraising goal is $850,000.

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Kansas districts rewarded for increasing tech ed participation

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback presented districts with checks for increasing participation in the state’s Career and Technical Education program, which covers tuition for students taking technical courses and rewards school districts with $1,000 for every student that obtains an industry certification. More than 8,000 students participated statewide.

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High schoolers are increasingly pursuing STEM studies in college

In high schools around the country, more departing seniors are electing to study computer science, mathematics, engineering and science in college than are graduates of just a few years ago. The increase also reflects the emphasis that school and business leaders have been placing on better preparing students for a future in which virtually every occupation has embraced technology.

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Maximizing PLC time to improve classes

Many schools have professional learning communities and time is set aside for groups of teachers to collaborate, to work on district initiatives and be agents of change in the schools. Simply giving teachers support and time to create shared video resources for their students could be a key to facilitating significant improvement in our schools.

Common Core test tools aid students with special needs

Common Core assessments are making testing easier for students with special needs. The computer-based exams include tools such as on-screen calculators, read-aloud instructions and descriptive videos to enhance accessibility for students with disabilities while keeping them in the classroom with their peers.

Louisiana teachers union says schools lack technology skills for Common Core test

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers surveyed over 1,000 educators statewide online and found that 87 percent of them said their schools did not have the technological resources to administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test online. The teachers responded that many of their students lacked the computer skills as well.

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N.C. county to grow career tech offerings with Richmond Community College

Scotland County's board approved a remodeling of Scotland High School’s career and technical education program and signed an agreement for Richmond Community College to take over instruction for most vocational and technical classes. In the upcoming school year, the program will grow from one on-campus, college credit-bearing course to 25, in fields including IT and mechanical and electronics engineering.

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