The Future of STEM Education Policy: National Perspectives and Minnesota Impact

Thursday, May 1
8:00 – 10:30 a.m., registration & breakfast at 7:15
Meridian Ballroom, The Commons Hotel
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CEHD’s policy breakfast series brings a research focus to the conversation about closing Minnesota’s achievement gap. Five policy breakfast events will examine the role of school leadership, early childhood education, reading and literacy, STEM education, and teacher preparation. Each event discusses the ways CEHD research can inform Minnesota’s education policy.

As the US moves toward implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Minnesota reviews them, how can we embrace these developments and help inform policy decisions? What are the implications of the recent national reports such as A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards, and STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research for improving science education? What sort of policy support can help move them into widespread use?

Join CEHD and UMN President Eric Kaler for a discussion of NGSS, STEM integration, and Minnesota’s assessment policy. Dr. Heidi Schweingruber, Deputy Director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council, will deliver a keynote address followed by a response from a local panel.

Panelists include:

A continental breakfast will be served free of charge, and parking in the Washington Avenue Ramp will be validated.

Mounds View Kids Envision Future of TCAAP

Chippewa Middle School, a part of the Moundsview School District has been partnering with the redevelopment team of the old Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) on a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) project. The event held at the school on February 19th and 20th put the entire seventh grade student body in touch with the team. Professionals from Ramsey County Public Works, Property Management, Parks and Recreation and the County Manager’s Office; the City of Arden Hills; the environmental engineers; and master planning consultants acted as mentors to the students in a project that let the kids try their hand at designing systems on a redeveloped TCAAP of the future.

Groups explored the buildings and roads as well as environmental issues, including recycling, parks, trees and watersheds. Each team of two classes had to design their own part of the project while interacting with other groups. The student’s collective vision for the future was very interesting to witness, and everyone had fun learning and dreaming.

Although a virtual tour was used to show off the site this winter, redevelopment officials have set aside an onsite trailer as a classroom for the program to continue this fall. The school would like to make this a multi-year effort as it lends its self to the STEAM model and TCAAP is located in the center of the Mounds View School District.