Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation

Check out the prepublication of the upcoming report- Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. The National Academies Press is providing a FREE download of the entire report and the executive summary. This is a must read for science education leaders, policy makers, and STEM advocates. HERE is a recent article that describes the recommendation in the report.

The six recommendations from the report…

Preparation

Recommendation 1: Pre-School through Grade 3 Education

Prepare America’s children for school through pre-school and early education programs that develop reading readiness, provide early mathematics skills, and introduce concepts of creativity and discovery.

Recommendation 2: K to 12 Mathematics and Science
Increase America’s talent pool by vastly improving K-12 mathematics and science education for underrepresented minorities.
Recommendation 3: K-12 Teacher Preparation and Retention
Improve K-12 mathematics and science education for underrepresented minorities overall by improving the preparedness of those who teach them those subjects.

Postsecondary Success
Recommendation 4: Access and Motivation
Improve access to all post-secondary education and technical training and increase
underrepresented minority student awareness of and motivation for STEM education and careers through improved information, counseling, and outreach.

Recommendation 5: Affordability

Develop America’s advanced STEM workforce by providing adequate financial support tounderrepresented minority students in undergraduate and graduate STEM education.

Recommendation 6: Academic and Social Support
Take coordinated action to transform the nation’s higher education institutions to increase inclusion of and college completion and success in STEM education for underrepresented minorities.

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