(PRWEB) March 09, 2013
California’s Department of Education has highlighted the importance of planning for the future. State Superintendent Tom Torlakson brought together teachers, parents and community leaders to discuss what this future should include for California’s school children. This process produced a Blueprint for Great Schools. The ultimate goal for the CADE is to provide students with the 21st century skills to be college and workforce ready.
The National Education Foundation (NEF) is offering 100 California School Districts STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) grants. This opportunity is open to any school district/school with 35% or more students on Free/Reduced cost lunch. Apply at http://www.cyberlearning.org.
NEF’s CyberLearning STEM+ academies, administered by the State University of NY (SUNY) and local universities, offer top-quality personalized courses in STEM, English, Social Studies, SAT/ACT, IT and Business courses mapped to the Common Core Curriculum standards as well as state standards in all 50 states.
In addition to the courses, the grant provides schools funds for teacher stipends, student motivational rewards and teacher training.
NEF’s Cyberlearning total system solution enables a student to advance a grade level in 24 learning hours in a subject such as math or reading, as documented by the State University of New York.
In addition to a world-class STEM+ academy for the students, the grant provides a Parent Academy in IT and Business, and a Teacher Professional Development Academy, and a tuition-free Workforce Development Academy for employers in the community.
NEF Chairman, Dr. Appu Kuttan states, “America is ranked 25th out of 35 countries in math and science. To compete in the global economy, our students need better STEM+ skills. Our initiative is aimed at preparing our students better for college and STEM-related jobs, while helping to improve worker productivity in our businesses.”
President Bill Clinton has commended NEF for “your ongoing commitment for creating a better and stronger America.”
This initiative is a win-win-win partnership—schools and students are the biggest winners; businesses save on annual training costs, and receive enormous CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and PR credits; universities get an opportunity to help schools and communities.
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 in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), English, test prep, digital literacy, IT, business and management to millions of disadvantaged students and adults. See http://www.cyberlearning.org