Holiday Shopping Ideas Promoting STEM

Looking for gift ideas that support education?

The holidays are here which means a lot of you are looking for gift giving ideas.

Items that inspire education and promote STEM can make great gifts. Unfortunately, these gifts might not get the same attention as the 'hot' trending items do.

Below are a few companies that are making toys that are not only fun but build imaginations!

  • Goldie Blox
    • GoldieBlox is the award-winning children’s multimedia company disrupting the pink aisle in toy stores globally and challenging gender stereotypes with the world’s first girl engineer character. Through the integration of storytelling and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles, GoldieBlox creates toys, books, apps, videos, animation and merchandise; the tools that empower girls to build their confidence, dreams and ultimately, their futures.
  • K'nex
    • Founded in 1992, K’NEX, a division of Smart Brands International Co., LLC, was established to make and sell what has become one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children, and is America’s STEM building solution. Winner of over 370 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX is focused on Building Worlds Kids Love® and encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play.”
  • Snap Circuits
    • Snap Circuits® makes learning electronics easy and fun! Just follow the colorful pictures in our manual and build exciting projects, such as FM radios, digital voice recorders, AM radios, burglar alarms, doorbells, and much
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Achieving Equity in Education


What does it mean to have equity in education? Does Equality = Equity? 

There are various meanings that can be applied to equity in education but some fundamental characteristics are shared. Gender, social and/or economic circumstances, ethnicity, and family background among others should not pose as obstacles to achieving potential. The characteristic of fairness is an important aspect to equity.  With that in mind, it should be noted that equity and equality are both important but are not the same. We can talk about equality in terms of funding or access to resources, for example. However, students at a disadvantage might need more in order to have an 'equal' and level playing field.

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Get the right tools to move from NCLB to ESSA

What technology can you adopt to ensure you seamlessly transition into the new ESSA era?

With the changeover from NCLB to ESSA, (Every Student Succeeds Act) two new funding streams will be made available to schools and districts that support the use of effective education technology. 

The two funding streams will come in the form of block grants. 

With new funding streams becoming available and with the changes that ESSA brings with it... how can you use those funds in order to set your school and district up for success?

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Are you prepared for ESSA?

ESSA begins to take effect in early 2017. Are you ready?

ESSA, or Every Student Succeeds Act, the long awaited successor to No Child Left Behind will start to take effect at the beginning of this coming year. 

A major focal point of the new law is on formative, rather than summative assessments. 

This can cause a major shift in the instructional models schools are using and the way districts have set up their curriculum.

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Questions to consider as you transition from NCLB to ESSA


Ease your transition from NCLB to ESSA by thinking through these questions

The pending switch from NCLB to ESSA is coming soon. ESSA will "soft-launch" at the beginning of 2017 and won't be fulling implemented until the start of the 2017-18 school year. 

Seems like an enternity away, but it's not. 

So while you've got some time on your hands it's helpful to think through how your district and/or school will handle the upcoming transition to ESSA

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