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?

This application is now closed. Please reach out to info@fas.org with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see section on “What kinds of ideas we’re looking for” for specific prompts and issue areas that we are particularly interested in pursuing. We also recommend looking at our proposal library for a better sense of what we mean by “ambitious and actionable” policy ideas.

We are looking for approximately 8-10 participants (and proposals) for the accelerator.

We will review applications on a rolling basis starting mid-May through June 5. We anticipate kicking off programming for the accelerator in mid June.

Interested parties begin by completing our official submission form. Each submission requires prospective authors to submit information on who they are, as well as a summary of their idea to help our team understand and evaluate each submission. We recommend reviewing the form in advance and thinking through each answer to the questions before officially submitting your proposal. We also suggest reviewing existing papers on our website for examples of previous work. 

If selected, participants will be expected to attend 2-5 hours of programming per week, with additional asynchronous time spent drafting their policy proposal. Accelerator participants receive comprehensive support from the Day One team that includes:

  • Virtual whiteboarding sessions to workshop ideas and engage in policy design sessions.
  • One-on-one pairings with an experienced policymaker who serves as a resource and mentor during the proposal development and implementation stages.
  • Access to policy toolkits, workbooks, technical editing, and other resources to ensure a compelling final written product.
  • Exclusive Q&A and learning sessions with policy advisors and subject-matter experts in and outside of the federal government.
  • Idea exchanges and social events to build community with members of the accelerator cohort.

Following the completion of the accelerator, we aim to invite authors to pitch their proposal virtually to expert policymakers. We will work with authors to drive traction on their proposal with the goal of pushing for the implementation of recommendations outlined.