Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) January 15, 2013
The National Education Foundation in its efforts to provide STEM Academies has found that many school districts’ budget does not afford the opportunity to implement adequate STEM educational resources. NEF has created an innovative program, CyberLearning platform that addresses the financial concerns of school districts.
Annually NEF provides grants to school district for the development of STEM Academies. This program is in conjunction with is in conjunction with its ADOPT-A-SCHOOL PROGRAM. This particular program is a great way to bridge the gap between businesses and non-profits. This private-public partnership creates a working relationship that can bring about a social change, specifically provide STEM education resources to disadvantaged schools. The vision of the program is to train a million employees in job skills below the market fee, and use the funds to provide world-class STEM education to a million students of schools adopted or chosen by the businesses/employers
NEF’s program provides a great solution for Superintendents in addressing the No Child Left Behind technology integration mandate. With schools having smaller budgets, many school districts have had to significantly scale back the programs and opportunities offered to their students. One such program is access to technology integration for students. This ultimately affects their ability to explore science and mathematics as well as teacher STEM training. STEM skills are at the forefront of the discussion in America’s halls of education. The need for STEM skills is elevated in today’s global economy. Innovations in technology has heightened the demand for a STEM capable workforce; despite this high demand the US is following short in producing an ample supply of workers to meet demand. "According to the U.S. Labor Department, US alone has 13 million people looking for jobs. At the same time, US has 3 million jobs looking for qualified skilled people,” states Dr. Kuttan.
Businesses save on annual training costs, and receive enormous CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and PR credits, effect social change in America’s classrooms. Schools get world-class STEM+ academies, and the students receive world-class individualized STEM + education, capable of advancing a student in a subject like math in 20-30 learning hours.
This public-private partnership provides schools world-class STEM+ Academies at no cost to the schools! The program has been lauded by the US Congress and the US Department of Education as an innovative approach to bridging the 21st century academic and job skills gaps.
NEF's (http://www.cyberlearning.org) overriding objective is to set up world-class K-12 CyberLearning academies in the nation’s schools, especially the disadvantaged. These academies provide 21st century skills for disadvantaged students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), as well as English, Social Studies, SAT/ACT, Digital Literacy, IT, Business and Management
For more information, visit http://www.cyberlearning.org, or call NEF at 703-823-9999.
The National Education Foundation (NEF) is the national non-profit leader in bridging the academic and job skills divides by providing world-class education STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), English, test prep, digital literacy, IT, business and management, education to millions of disadvantaged students and adults. See http://www.cyberlearning.org.