The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) & STEM Education

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015 by President Obama. This act builds on and revises the 2002 No Child Left Behind act.

A shift to more local education oversight is among the many changes that will come as the act is implemented across the nation. Other important changes are the inclusion of engineering and technology into science assessments, more support for STEM specific specialty schools, and the creation of a STEM Master Teacher Corps program. The Math Science Partnership Program will no longer be funded by federal money, but James Brown, the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition, feels that many more STEM education projects will be supported through ESSA even without the MSP program.

The White House has issued  this Fact Sheet about ESSA and the changes you may see in your district.



Grant Opportunity for K-12 schools – School Garden

bird-posing-in-garden, a project of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, is offering up to 10 school teachers $2000 to support the building or revitalization of school gardens. Preference is being given to bird, pollinator, native habitat, rain, and other natural projects.

The deadline to submit is February 15, 2016.

Visit their website to learn more!  Ask us how Brockport Research Institute can help you apply.


STEM Funding Available for 2016

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has announced 2016 available education funding from the federal government.  The FY 2016 Omnibus  Appropriations Bill was passed in December 2015 and gives the Department of Education a $1.2 billion increase over the 2015 level. You can read the entire announcement HERE.

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STEM funding received a significant  boost because of this bill. Several available grants provide money for  Math Science Partnerships (MSP), 21st Century Learning Community Centers, and National Science Foundation programs, among others. Brockport Research Institute can assist your school or district apply for any number of the grants listed HERE.

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