100Kin10’s2019 Trends Report identifies increasing STEM teacher diversity, greater focus on STEM subjects in early childhood education, and a rise in environmental literacy in response to student activism and interest as trends that will shape STEM education in 2020. While technology is part of many classrooms, 2020 is expected to bring a more comprehensive approach to the tools around digital literacy training for teachers and digital citizenship for students.
In smaller rural schools, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can face troublesome barriers. In our K–12 district of 730 students, we have many of the common obstacles, including limited funds, no extra faculty, and an already overloaded class schedule. These three join arms to block us from using any of the really cool programs we’d like to. Other institutions sing praises of cutting-edge programs and share their successes. Meanwhile, rural schools are trying to figure out how to educate equally deserving kids in STEM.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in May.