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STEM Education inMinnesota: What Superintendents Need to Know

Minnesota Superintendents’ Conference

August 17, 2006























The Flattening

  • The fall of the Berlin Wall

  • The rise of the Internet

  • Work flow software

  • Open source

  • Outsourcing

  • Offshoring

  • Supply chaining

  • Insourcing

  • In-forming

  • The steroids - Digital, Mobile, Personal and Virtual.

The Gathering Storm

“The United States takes deserved pride in the vitality of its economy, which forms the foundation of our high quality of life, our national security, and our hope that our children and grandchildren will inherit ever-greater opportunities. That vitality is derived in large part from the productivity of well-trained people and the steady stream of scientific and technical innovations they produce.”

Source: Rising Above a Gathering Storm (Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences, 2006)

To sustain American competitiveness in science and engineering, we need a focused, long-term, comprehensive initiative by the public and private sectors to:

  • Build public support for making improvement in STEM performance a national priority.

  • Motivate U.S. students and adults, using a variety of incentives, to study and enter STEM careers, with a special effort geared to those in currently underrepresented groups.

  • Upgrade K–12 mathematics and science teaching to foster higher student achievement.

  • Boost and sustain funding for basic research, especially in the physical sciences and engineering.

America’s Pressing Challenge: Building A Stronger Foundation

  • The NSB identifies priorities:

  • strong public support for the value of STEM education for all students and citizens,

  • a high quality teaching force,

  • appropriate learning opportunities for all students

  • effective guidance counseling on STEM education and careers, and

  • assessment tools that reinforce learning in STEM fields.

America’s Pressing Challenge – Building a Stronger Foundation: A Companion to Science and Engineering Indicators (2006) National Science Board (NSF)

A Case for Action

  • The global economy is changing the nature of work and the kinds of jobs young people will enter.

  • Students need higher levels of knowledge and skills than ever before to succeed in workplaces of the 21st century.

Expectations are the same for both college and “good jobs”

  • American Diploma Project found a high degree of convergence.

  • The knowledge and skills that high school graduates will need to be successful in college are the same as those they will need to be successful in a job that:

    • pays enough to support a family well above the poverty level,

    • provides benefits, and

    • offers clear pathways for career advancement through further education and training.


Jobs requiring

at least some



What About Minnesota?

By 2012, Minnesota will see a 20% increase in jobs requiring at least some post-secondary education.

Source: America’s Career Information Network, Bureau of Labor and Statistics (2004)

Out of every 100 Minnesota ninth graders…

82 graduate from high school…

54 enter college…

38 are still enrolled in the sophomore year…

25 graduate from college.









Minnesota’s National Governors Association Phase I Honor States Grant

Minnesota’s National Governors Association Phase I Honor States Grant

  • A Governor's roundtable on STEM for business, education and civic leaders was held March 31, 2006 to assess statewide needs for math and science,

  • Regional Forums will be held in October 2006.

Minnesota’s NGA Grant

  • A Minnesota student summit on STEM opportunities and future career options will be held in Fall 2006.

  • Digital Content Conferences for Educators

    • October 18, 2006 at the Science Museum

    • October 25, 2006 in Alexandria

MDE Instructional Assistance to Schools

  • 80 teachers receive Lesson Study training, report changes in instruction, achievement

  • 2000 teachers participate in Surveys of Enacted Curriculum to align curriculum with state academic standards and best practices

  • 75-100 mentor relationships are established among math, science and career/technology teachers

MDE Incentive GrantsTechnology-Engineering-Design

  • 7 incentive grants for technology-engineering-design (TED) programs

    • Washburn High School (Minneapolis)

    • Cass Lake-Bena High School

    • Marshall County Central High School

    • GFW – Gibbon/Fairfax/Winthrop High School

    • South St. Paul Secondary

    • Duluth East High School

    • Jefferson High School (Alexandria)

MDE Incentive Grants STEM Lighthouse

  • 3 incentive grants for new Lighthouse High Schools as models for STEM

    • Lincoln High School (Thief River Falls)

    • Moorhead High School

    • GFW – Gibbon/Fairfax/Winthrop High School

MDE Incentive Grants Digital Content

  • 5 incentive grants for high school programs using digital content

    • Prior Lake High School

    • Armstrong/Cooper High Schools (Robbinsdale)

    • Stillwater High School

    • Cambridge-Isanti High School

    • Arlington High School (St. Paul)

MDE Incentive Grants for Career & Technical Education

  • National Research Center on Career and Technical Education at the University of Minnesota and the Quality Teaching Network (QTN) in Career and Technical Education conducted a survey to assess regional needs to determine high school/postsecondary/industry partnerships that should be created and/or expanded to implement more CTE pathways leading to industry certification.

  • Provide incentive grants ($20,000 per site) for up to eight model programs to establish new career certification pathways. Proposals due September 29, 2006.

  • Increase the number and visibility of career and technical education pathways leading to industry certification.

MDE offers Engineering Software Training

  • Pro/ENGINEER Schools Edition software, an engineering computer-aided design (CAD) tool

  • The addition of free engineering software and trained teachers in Minnesota schools is designed to encourage and motivate students to engage in STEM fields.

(Parametric Technology Corporation)

Why Engineering?

ENGINEERS make a world of difference by turning ideas into reality. Engineers question and challenge the things we encounter in everyday life. They seek to improve the products we use in all aspects of our lives.

A degree in engineering is preparation for many different careers in almost any field.

Educators, parents, and business leaders need to promote the benefits and rewards of pursuing a career in science and technology. All too often, these careers are seen as the domain of nerds and geeks, instead of inventors and leaders. Our attitudes even discourage people from these fields by promoting how hard they are instead of how rewarding they can be.

Source: AeA, Advancing The Business Of Technology, 2005

Marine Engineering

Ceramic Engineering

Astronautical Engineering

Agricultural Engineering

Fire Protection Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Aeronautical Engineering

  • Minerals, Metals, and Materials Engineering

Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering

Biological Engineering

Software Engineering

Ocean Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

  • Surveying Engineering

Optical Engineering

Construction Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Materials and Metallurgy Engineering

Acoustical Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Automotive Engineering

Audio Engineering

Chemical Engineering

How do we prepare our students for the 21st century?

  • Foster positive attitudes toward math and science.

  • Create excitement around the wonderful career opportunities in STEM

  • Inform students of the need to be literate in the STEM disciplines in order to be prepared for their future

  • Promote STEM courses—higher enrollment

  • Provide more awareness of the opportunities in the exciting fields of STEM

  • Recognize and defeat negative attitudes in adults, regarding math and science

  • Provide opportunities for teachers in STEM related courses to collaborate to enrich the learning experiences and strengthen rigor

  • Expect success!

21st Century Education

“Our biggest challenge is the time zone difference. In New York, it’s 2:45 but at our school it’s 1974.”

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