New Report Aims to Reform Math and Science Achievement

May 05, 2010

Update: NECN has run a story which cites the report issued by the Aspire Institute. Please refer to their website to watch the full story.

Hybrid cars, malaria vaccines, and even Twitter would not have been possible without scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. As the importance of such innovation grows in society, so does the importance of educating tomorrow's innovators.

A new report by the Wheelock College Aspire Institute advocates for the need to begin STEM education at an early age. The report, entitled "Foundation for the Future: Strengthening STEM Education in the Early Years," sets forth a plan for improving STEM education by strengthening the math and science preparation of teachers in pre-kindergarten through grade 6.

Specifically, the report proposes a combined approach of increasing and improving the quality of math and science content and pedagogy courses that teachers take, and working with state agencies to strengthen math and science credentialing requirements.

A collaboration between the Wheelock College Aspire Institute and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's John Adams Innovation Institute, the project engaged faculty and practitioners from more than 12 partner institutions.

The full report is available here.

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