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All you need to make the shift to STEM a reality! Now more than ever, educational leaders are encouraged to implement STEM as the foundation for preparing students with the 21st century skills required for college and career readiness. This resource makes the process of shifting to a comprehensive, integrated STEM school or district within reach! Invaluable case studies featuring current STEM pioneers from across the country model how successful, STEM-centered learning takes place. You’ll find process-specific best practices and strategies to help you: • Understand, create, and lead the STEM change process • Transform existing school programs • Prepare the school community for STEM and plan for STEM integration • Integrate 21st Century Skills, the arts, and humanities • Create essential partnerships with business and higher education Includes step-by-step checklists and visual mapping guides for successfully navigating the STEM change process. Use this groundbreaking resource to systematically implement coherent and integrated STEM instruction that transforms learning and prepares students for the global economy! Video and web content also available at http://bit.ly/TheSTEMShift. “Finally! A great book that clearly explains what STEM education is, why we need it, and how to do it well. A must-read for all educators, parents, and policymakers.” Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators “Reading Jill and Ann’s column in Education Week has been a critical part of my weekly reading since they’ve begun writing it. I’ve learned a lot from those short snippets, and now it’s exciting to see their expanded thoughts in The Stem Shift. You can’t go wrong by reading anything they write!” Larry Ferlazzo, High school teacher and Ed Week columnist

Clearing the Path
Clearing the Path

The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.

—Carl Sagan

Those who yearn for innovation in their classrooms, their schools, and their districts can be given hope by the STEM initiative. They can join businesses and parents and leaders who are seeing the place for STEM. They will have to confront those who misunderstood it as just another program or an attention-grabbing acronym. In these interpretations, it will be lost as an opportunity. STEM is on the radar screen for educators, corporate executives, ...

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