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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.

In May, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services jointly announced the new Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program. The RTT-ELC program will help highly committed states provide low-income families with access to high-quality early learning and development programs from birth to age 5.

Throughout the past several days, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services have taken major steps toward making the proposal to interested states. On Friday, draft guidelines—including requirements, priorities, selection criteria, and definitions—were released. Comments on the draft guidelines are due on July 11. Feedback will be used to develop final requirements, priorities, selection criteria, and definitions, which will be published as a “Notice Inviting Applications” in the Federal Register later this summer. The draft executive summary and program information can be found on the program website. There is space at the bottom of the page to submit your comments.

On July 6, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services sent a joint letter to all of the governors, requesting that they submit their intent to apply for RTT-ELC funds by July 15.