The final issue, “A Retrospective on Capacity Building,” includes perspectives on capacity building from Great Lakes West staff, our state liaisons in Illinois and Wisconsin, and a national perspective on Great Lakes West capacity building within the context of the comprehensive center network and history. The feature article includes interviews on capacity building and Great Lakes West’s relationship with the state education agencies in Illinois and Wisconsin, through the perspective of our state liaisons.

The Center on Instruction has released a new resource that overviews the role of STEM in current educational improvement efforts.  The new resource, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM): Catalyzing Change Amid Confusion briefly summarizes the history of STEM initiatives and publications. It also reviews trends and the goals and approaches of STEM initiatives. The resource focuses on state and district educators through presenting considerations for developing STEM programs to compare and contrast the available STEM approaches.