Rewards of Being a Music Teacher (STEAM Education Part I)

Music in STEAM Education Part I Several weeks ago, a third grader asked me, “Ms. Bearden, is being a teacher frustrating?” You have no idea, I thought. “Well Sara, it can be very frustrating sometimes, but the rewards you get from teaching make all the difference.” “But Ms. Bearden, is teaching difficult?” “It can be,” I […]

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Employers Want STEM Skills and Soft Skills: We’ve Got Them

Most In-demand Bachelor’s Degrees in 2015 (Forbes Magazine) Finance Accounting Computer Science Mechanical Engineering Business Administration/Management Electrical Engineering Information Sciences & Systems Marketing Logistics/Supply Chain Management Information Systems This list has “STEM” written all over it. But possessing a desirable degree isn’t enough in today’s competitive job marker. Employers want someone who is easy to […]

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STEM Education Role Model for Girls Coming to TV

“Advocating for equal access to STEM education isn’t merely a new feel-good fad.” —Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights The STEM education community is hungry for more role models for girls. And so too apparently is prime time network TV. The ’80s classic TV show “MacGyver” has […]

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Concept Schools Adapt to Growing Autism Rates

  Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum—a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and […]

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Technology + Service = STEM on the Ground

We hear about the widespread cases of Ebola in West Africa (21,797 cases; 8675 deaths) and in our own country the United States (4 cases; 1 death) (CDC-2014 Ebola Outbreak Case Counts),  and it can be so overwhelming to think about that most of us just prefer not to.  However, if we put on our scientists’ […]

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Is Your School Losing Out by Not Offering Robotics?

Have you ever envied the robotics clubs and programs at your friends’ kids’ school and wished your own child could have that option? Robotics programs, at least good ones, do cost some money and require qualified teachers and dedicated coaches. But they are not as cost-prohibitive and resource-intensive as you think. Starting a robotics club […]

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A STEM Equation Without Women Is an Inequality

As the holidays pass through again, gifts seem to be the one thing on most minds—if, you are a celebrant of the current traditions, of course.  When looking at children’s presents, there is always the “toy of the season” that every parent, aunt, uncle, grandparents and the like MUST purchase for that special little someone […]

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Art Heals as St. Louis and Ferguson Hurt: Gateway Science Academy Art Teachers Answer the Call

On Tuesday, November 25th, all Gateway Science Academy locations in Saint Louis were closed due to local unrest.  Art teachers Breanna Cashel (GSA-Smiley) and Meagan Impellizzeri (GSA-South) spent the day helping heal the community by painting boarded windows on a stretch of South Grand damaged the night before. Store owners wanted to share that the […]

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Love or Grit: Which Is a Better Indicator of Academic Achievement?

“Poverty of love causes so much violence. When you truly got love, and you know you got love, it helps you function better, you feel better about yourself, you care more about other people, you care about the neighborhood you’re from.”  –Common (Chicago Magazine, Oct. 2014) This quote from the socially-conscious rapper Common resonates so […]

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8 Ways Any High School Can Be More “College Prep”

Yes, the advice in this blog comes from gasp, a charter school. But any school interested in building a college-bound school culture can implement some of these tools and strategies. If you want your students to ask not “Will I go to college?” but rather “Where will I go to college?” then read on. Chicago Math […]

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