Draft Recommendations--Current Themes
* NOC formally endorses NGSS.
* Ocean literacy is prime leverage for all STEM literacy--motivates learners.
* Content support to teachers in formal education.
* Content support to "free choice" providers.
* Target audiences must feature under-represented STEM groups at K-16 levels.
* Directly involve relevant private institutions and industry.
* Forge NOC connections to
Potential Programmatic Advice
* Be explicit on specific program goals within a larger context and clearly identify the target audiences for each program (suggest a framework for these with examples).
* Use uniform measures of success for all programs (provide examples).
* Federal STEM/Education portfolio should contain sufficient "overlays" to foster overall coherency, best practices and innovation while mitigating risk and avoiding fragmentation.
[ ] Improve interagency partnerships (suggestions for best practices).
[ ] Mitigate impediments to collaboration (described).
* Clarify whether OSTP FY14 plan focuses on STEM pipeline or STEM literacy or both.
Federal Agency Comments
NOAA has a small amount of money for education but it leverages the entire NOAA investment in science. The education funds connect the agency infrastructure to the education community. The proposed changes in federal education spending could sever the connections between education and science investments. Can ORAP highlight this to the
* NSF Education (
NSF has already reorganized their education funding. Geoscience Education and Diversity funds were moved into the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. NSF expects an increase in funding for the graduate research fellowship program; perhaps applicants will include education-related efforts as broader impact. The Research Education for Undergraduates program continues but it is a narrow program. One concern is that if mission agency connections between education and research programs are broken, there is a serious threat to the ability to leverage infrastructure and science capabilities and make them available to educators.
Highlights from the discussion included:
* There was discussion about ORAP meeting with the
* Even though mission-specific agency funding for STEM Education has been small, it has been effective; moving mission agency responsibilities to Education may result in ocean education being overlooked at the K-12 level.
* The proposed changes in federal education funding give funding and responsibility for informal education efforts to the Smithsonian. How can federal agencies leverage these investments?
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