Panelists at the Bi-State Education Policy Institute discussed the importance of math, engineering, technology and science (METS) education in schools and the Kauffman Foundation's agenda aimed at improving K-12 math and science achievement.
Foundation representatives shared their ongoing research and work in METS, including Public Agenda's report, It's Important But Not for Me, UpLink , FIRST Robotics, UMKC GeoWorlds, and, Project Lead the Way.
Breakout sessions explored four questions, including:
1) How should our schools adapt in order to prepare students for the 21st century economy? How can policymakers help make this happen?
2) What policies would result in greater access to rigorous, high-quality curriculum and hands-on learning experiences that connect academic material to careers?
3) What can policymakers do to encourage students to pursue careers in math and science?
4) What initiatives are working? What could be improved? How can policy help?
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