Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Systems

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How can you mobilize to help the nation improve math and science education for all students? Read recommended actions from The Opportunity Equation report. MORE

We must raise the bar in education and rethink the design of school if we want excellent math and science learning for all students. The Opportunity Equation report provides a roadmap for this vision with recommendations for key stakeholders. MORE


Common Core Standards: Why Did States Choose to Adopt?

We hear from: Former Senator Bill Frist (R-TN), Education Commissioners Eric J. Smith (FL) and Mitchell D. Chester (MA), and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Chester Finn. MORE


Common standards, linked with rigorous assessments, set the bar for all students—from struggling to advanced—to master academically rigorous content and succeed in the global economy. MORE


'Girls Who Code' Tries To Build 'Sisterhood' For Techie Teens

Bianca Bosker
Huffington Post

Call it the summer of CSS.

Twenty teen girls from underserved communities in New York City will spend eight weeks this summer taking intensive technology courses, on topics from robotics to app development, as part of a new initiative called Girls Who Code that aims to increase the number of women in technical fields.

Efforts to close the gender gap in tech often focus on revamping schools' curricula to emphasize STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. But former New York City deputy public advocate Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, argues that schools are still falling short, graduating students who have little access to computers, lack basic technical skills, and see science and math as a pathway to a career in medicine and little else.

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