(PRWEB) August 21, 2013
The 2013-2014 school year will see the opening of Salida Union School District and Garvey School District NEF-Cyberlearning STEM Academies. The National Education Foundation (NEF), the national non-profit leader in STEM+ education, announced this week that it is partnering with the State University of New York, TEKSystems, Pearson Education and Skillsoft to advance STEM+ education in 14 school districts during the 2013-14 school year.
Along with the selected school districts in California STEM academies will also be in: Wendell (ID), Merrillville (IN), Kansas City (KS), Fort Meade (MD), Center Line and Mesick (MI), Canton (NY), Tri-Valley (PA), Williamsburg (SC), Dallas and Laredo (TX), and Seattle (WA). All these school districts are in high poverty areas and are classified as disadvantaged by the US Education Department.
The goal of this initiative is to close the STEM+ (science, technology, engineering, math, English, social studies, SAT/ACT, IT and business) skills gap in the United States. By creating an effective school-nonprofit-university-business partnership, NEF can more effectively provide 21st century STEM+ education to disadvantaged K-12 students. The initiative also focuses on supporting the larger American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) to keep the United States competitive in critical STEM-related fields.
The innovative academy program advances a student one grade level in a subject in 20-30 learning hours by providing personalized learning, teacher stipends, learning management system, mentoring, motivational rewards for students and parents, teacher training and tech support.
“U.S. is ranked 25th out of 34 countries in math and 17th out of 34 countries in science.” NEF has been advocating school-college-business partnerships to improve the critical STEM+ education in our nation’s schools since 2012. President Obama advocated such a partnership in the 2013 State of the Union speech. We hope to expand our STEM+ initiative significantly in the coming years,” states Dr. Appu Kuttan, founder and chairman of NEF.
The National Education Foundation (NEF) is the national non-profit leader in bridging the academic and job skills divides by providing world-class 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/.