Judy Zimny

Success in STEM is not just about providing access to resources or programs; it is about providing access to high-quality learning opportunities that deepen students’ understanding. Administrators can follow a framework of questions to expedite STEM decisions with confidence and consistency. Read more>>

Sponsored by National Institute for STEM Education

What is STEM? What isn't STEM? Gain insight into 19 topics that define STEM instruction and STEM schools, and compare your teaching practices and learning community. Read more>>

Abby Spegman

With materials increasingly offered online, schools are transforming their libraries into active, STEAM-focused places for students to work together and get creative, with staff who do much more than manage books. Read more>>

The Topeka Capitol-Journal

As our economy demands more workers with STEM training, our education system needs to adapt—and this applies to everything from a greater emphasis on technical skills in high school to early childhood education. While we often think of cultivating interest and aptitude in STEM at the secondary level, elementary and early childhood education are often overlooked. Read more>>


President Donald Trump directed the Education Department to invest a minimum of $200 million in grant funding each year to expand STEM and computer science education in schools. The private sector followed with an accompanying pledge of over $300 million for computer science programs. Read more>>

Longview News-Journal

A five-year, $14.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help Longview ISD expand its STEAM initiatives. The grant will help establish five magnet schools, an effort that would be the next step in desegregating the district while also systemically reforming it. Read more>>

District Administration Leadership Institute

Lawson Early Childhood School in Texas began with very little money and space by tinkering with everyday items with students in their classrooms, then a "playker" space followed and, finally, weekly sessions in a new STEAM lab for the school's nearly 50 classes. STEAM has transformed the McKinney ISD's early childhood center as teachers incorporate STEAM into journal time, math center time and more. Read more>>

Daily Southtown

Students in Simmons Middle School’s new Smart Lab partner up for projects that enrich their tech and design skills. They have engineered a wind turbine, designed a house, and created a gym shoe and developed a marketing plan for it. Read more>>

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