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Luring More Hispanics into 'STEM' Studies, Careers

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Many school districts around the country have seen an influx of Hispanic students, who also occupy a growing portion of the workforce in their communities. How can educators and policymakers encourage those students to pursue a college education, and a career in science, technology, engineering, and math (the so-called 'STEM' occupations), specifically? This week, a forum hosted by the Hispanic College Fund on Capitol Hill will explore that topic.

I've written a bit in the past about schools' efforts to build non-native English speakers' skills in math and science at an early age. This event looks the experience of Latinos later in the K-12 pipeline. A number of Hispanic students and business leaders will offer ideas on strategies to help students. The event is set for Thursday, Oct. 29, at 9:30 a.m., in the south congressional meeting room, in the Capitol Visitor's Center.

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This sounds like a wonderful opportunity to discuss a very important topic. Students of all ages should recognize that regardless of their gender, race or ethnicity they can accomplish most objectives that they set out to accomplish.

Andrew Pass
http://www.pass-ed.com

Exciting topic for me.
A rich science program is great for developing gifted children and at the same time develops language and math skills of disabled children as well. Well documented in this paper.
http://www.sbac.edu/~werned/DATA/RESEARCH/journals/Excep%20Children/inclusion.pdf

I believe NCLB was deadly for students of all kinds. Science education reform was put on hold because of it.

My paper: Casting a Wider Net, on Minority Girls and Science Given at the 2004
Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering,
Science, Trades and Technology

http://www.ccwestt.org/Publications/2004ConferencePublications/tabid/72/ctl/Detail/mid/449/xmid/37/xmfid/9/Default.aspx

My web page of Hispanic women in science, old with some broken links but still worth checking out.
Hispanic, Latina, Chicana women in Science.
http://www.telusplanet.net/public/ecade/hispanic-women.html

A topic near and dear to my heart, thank you! Sean.

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