On September 16, President Obama announced the creation of “Change the Equation”, a CEO-led effort to dramatically improve education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Change the Equation, a new 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is a response by the business community to the President’s “call to action” at the National Academy of Sciences in spring 2009 for all Americans to join the cause of elevating STEM education as a national priority essential to meeting the economic challenges of this century.
There are specific public-private partnerships involving Change the Equation members, non-profits and foundations. Their goal is to increase opportunities for student engagement in science museums across the nation, improved teacher professional development in Newark, New Jersey, harnessing the power of electronic games for STEM education, and dramatically expanding the number of skilled volunteers participating in National Lab Day.
Readers of this blog well know the great work our College of Education is doing to provide innovative solutions to failing schools in Newark, New Jersey’s largest city. With the announcement of Change the Equation, it’s clear that Newark schools are on the president’s mind…and with that perhaps Seton Hall as a significant partner to meet the goal of improved teacher professional development.
For more information, check out http://www.changetheequation.org/what/executive-office-staff/