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Common Core State Standards Initiative

Date: March 10, 2010
The push for Common Core State Standards has begun to sweep the nation. Tied to Race to the Top funding, states are in the process of evaluating rigorous common core standards that have been developed in mathematics and English/language arts that will ensure that every student is prepared for college or a career, regardless of background. This webinar gave state policymakers and education interest groups an opportunity to learn more about the Common Core State Standards movement, being led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. It is also designed to provide policymakers with information concerning the process for adopting them. Panelists included::
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STEM Education: Creating a Skilled Work Force

Date: Dec. 9, 2009
So what is a state to do to make sure it has an adequate future work force for strong economic growth if tomorrow's best jobs haven't been created yet? That's the question. One answer is to ensure your state's students have a strong grounding in analytical skills, the kind taught in science, technology, engineering and math classes—STEM education.
Yet creating that high-quality STEM education has been challenging for most states. In the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress report, only four states increased mathematics scores at both the fourth and eighth grades.

This webinar describes how some states have been taking thoughtful and successful steps in STEM education to help them create tomorrow's workforce. Find out what the Intel Corporation is looking for in new hires and what they've been getting. Also hear how Ohio created the STEM Learning Network, an innovative program that brings higher education and businesses in as critical partners in education. The webinar also features how New Mexico is making STEM education a priority.

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Using State Policy to Reduce Childhood Obesity

Date: Sept. 30, 2009
The statistics are startling. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of obese high school students has nearly tripled in the past three years. Thirty-two percent of children diagnosed with diabetes in one study had type 2 diabetes—the type normally associated with obese adults. Rates of television watching more than three hours a day have skyrocketed to 36 percent and 65 percent of children and adolescents do not get the recommended levels of daily physical activity.  Obesity among children, once a rarity, has become an epidemic in this country. We must do more to ensure the health of America’s children.
Fortunately, states are moving to action through policymaking to reduce the rates of childhood obesity. Join us for this webinar highlighting innovative approaches through the use of state policy. Speakers will showcase Kentucky's guide to policy action, North Carolina's education and outreach efforts to policymakers, and Texas' awards program for exemplary School Health Advisory Councils.
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Improving Access to Postsecondary Education through Early College High Schools

Date: June 16, 2009
Thousands of young people from low-income families are gaining opportunities to obtain transferrable college credit while still in high school through an initiative known as early college high school. So far, 200 early college high schools are operating in 24 states, exposing students from populations under-represented in college to a postsecondary education.
More than 80 percent of students attending early college high school are racial minorities. Most are the first generation in their family to attend college. In many cases, early college high schools permit students to obtain an associate degree at the same time as their high school diploma.
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