This Week in STEM: Three Women Leading the way in STEM

As the U.S. midterm elections come to a close, it’s exciting to see that 9 new scientists were elected to Congress, including an ocean expert, a nurse, and a biochemist. Also, a record number of women will serve in Congress with still a handful of elections to be determined. In celebration of the diversity that makes our world […]

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Federal charter school program funding poised to reach highest levels 

Story Contributed by Christopher Murphy, Ed.D.   House and Senate appropriators reached agreement on a conference report for the Labor-Health & Human Services-Education (LHHSE) appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019. The federal government is poised to provide $440 million for the federal Charter School Program (CSP). This is a substantial increase and marks the highest-ever […]

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Not a ‘charter versus district’ issue: A discussion with several leaders of local charter schools

Story Contributed by Christopher Murphy, Ed.D   Families across the country often turn the charter public schools as the best educational option for their children, especially in underserved school districts like those in major urban cities. On September 18, 2018, National Public Radio’s St. Louis on the Air featured a conversation between charter school leaders […]

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Community Building in the Classroom

It’s back to school season, and whether its a new pair of shoes or a fresh haircut, first impressions make a difference. Underneath those superficial differences are more important ways to make a good impression. For teachers, establishing a positive relationship with students on Day One is the most essential factor in creating a safe […]

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