Get Involved

As states develop new plans under ESSA, all members of the STEM community have an important role to play to keep STEM teaching and learning a top priority for students.

The STEM community—fueled by 100Kin10 partners—is working to help make that happen. Every Student Succeeds with STEM is an effort to support all members of the STEM community with information, tools, and resources to catalyze action and support the kinds of engagement with education leaders, policymakers, teachers, parents, STEM professionals, and others to ensure high-quality STEM teaching and learning remain a key focus under ESSA at the state and district level.

Our goal is to ensure that great STEM teaching and great STEM learning are priorities in states across the nation under ESSA.

What should I be saying about STEM and ESSA?

As states develop new plans under ESSA, all members of the STEM community have an important role to play to keep great STEM teaching and great STEM learning a top priority for students.

Below are several important messages on the impacts a high quality STEM education can have for all students. Use this framework as you—and your district and state partners—work to make STEM a priority in your state:

  • ESSA puts a greater emphasis on ensuring a well-rounded education and ensuring equity—and STEM opportunities are critical to achieving both these goals.
  • High-quality STEM education is essential to a well-rounded education for all students.
  • Increased access to STEM learning promotes greater opportunity, fairness and equity.
  • In today’s economy, employers are looking for workers with STEM skills.

What can I do to help make STEM a priority?

Nearly 95% of parents say they want STEM to be a priority—yet fewer than half think it is! But there is an opportunity right now to change that.

Right now, every state is in the process of developing their first ever ESSA Consolidated State Plan that will set out the state’s priorities in K-12 education. You can have an impact on that plan—which will help ensure STEM learning is a priority—in a few important ways:

Get involved in the official “Stakeholder Engagement” process

Under ESSA, every state is required to have an official “Stakeholder Engagement Process.” You can join the conversation with the stakeholder groups to let state education leaders know STEM should be a priority.

Comment on the Draft State Plan

Once the state has taken feedback from stakeholders they will write a draft plan for public comment. Review your draft state plan to see if great STEM teaching and learning are prioritized, and then provide comment to support or improve the draft.

Contact your state's Chief State School Officer and Governor

Every state’s chief state school officer and governor will approve their state plan to submit to the U.S. Department of Education. Let your opinion be known before they finalize their plan.

Write an op-ed to inform others about STEM

Let others know why STEM is important to student success—and inform them how they can be part of the process.

Let your voice be heard!

Now more than ever, you can let your voice be heard! Call and tweet at your chief state school officer and governor to share these important messages.