All students deserve excellent and equitable access to STEM learning. To advance equity and representation in U.S. education, we need to focus on those who continue to be excluded: Black, Latinx, Native American and Indigenous students, and teachers in schools experiencing the greatest shortages in funding and support.
At this important moment of education policy making, the Day One Project is partnering with 100Kin10 to host a Future of STEM Learning Policy Accelerator to identify, develop, and publish a set of education-focused policy ideas that could be implemented by Congress or the Biden-Harris Administration.
What is the Future of STEM Learning Policy Accelerator?
This policy accelerator is an eight-week process that guides participants as they develop an initial idea into a tailored, actionable set of policy recommendations. The Future of STEM Learning Policy Accelerator will center on building a better and more equitable STEM education system for our nation, with a specific focus on STEM teacher training, retention, and fostering a sense of belonging for teachers and students in STEM fields.
Selected participants will have a chance to:
- Develop their ideas with guidance from policy advisors;
- Meet with veteran policymakers to learn more about the nuances of policy implementation;
- Hone their ability to craft actionable policy on the federal level; and
- Build a community with their fellow cohort
What’s the outcome? Action-ready proposals that are usually about 2,000 – 4,000 words in length. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with our library of proposals to get a better sense of the end-product.
Who should apply? No prior policy expertise is required. Each of our accelerators aim to build a cohort of “policy entrepreneurs”: those who simply have an idea to accelerate progress and are highly motivated to leverage the tools, skills, and networks we provide to drive this change. For this accelerator, ideal candidates will have deep expertise on or exposure to education issues. For example:
- A classroom teacher, superintendent, principal, administrator, or out-of-school time educator;
- An undergraduate student, a graduate student, or academic/professional researcher who has focused on education-related issues;
- An activist or leading advocate for change on an education-focused issue
Individuals with identities underrepresented in STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply. The accelerator is designed around working professionals, with a time commitment of about 4-6 hours/week.
What kinds of ideas are we looking for? We are seeking a diverse range of policy proposals, ready to inform the federal government’s education and workforce agenda. Some key focus areas we are interested in:
- STEM teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention, with an emphasis on engaging and empowering Black, Latinx, Native American and/or Indigenous students
- What are some policies or incentives to attract talent to the STEM teaching profession?
- How can we retain STEM teaching talent in schools and classrooms, including those that will help provide leadership/advancement opportunities?
- Fostering student sense of belonging in STEM classrooms, especially among Black, Latinx, Native American and/or Indigenous students
- What policy solutions can foster student sense of belonging in STEM fields?
- What types of social and emotional learning and culturally-relevant instruction can be brought into STEM curriculum?
- Developing innovative Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and pathways
- What policies can expand authentic, hands-on STEM experiences in and out of classrooms to build employable skills?
- How can STEM curriculum be taught in a way that prepares students for the 21st century workplace?
- Building pathways into STEM professions and exposing students to innovative curriculum
- What policies can ensure that STEM students are supported during critical junctures during their education and as they move into careers?
- How can the country equitably scale instruction in emerging technical fields, such as computer and data science?
- Intersections between STEM learning and the innovation economy
- What new education technologies can be scaled to better serve underrepresented student in STEM?
- What education technologies can cause harm if left unregulated?