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In February of 2012, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued a report on how to produce an additional one million college graduates with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Economic forecasts had predicted that the nation would have a million fewer graduates in STEM fields than had been estimated, so the Council’s proposal was designed to sug...
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The future of STEM

So, you don’t want to be a physicist or a computer analyst—is there still a STEM job for you? The question is important because over the next decade, occupations within STEM fields will grow almost twice as fast as non-STEM jobs. And the skills that workers will need even at the entry-level are far more sophisticated than they have ever been in the past. As the Alliance for Science & Technolog...
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A boost for STEM

The California State legislature has just approved California High School Advanced Computer Science Bill—SB 1200. The bill would require the UC and CSU to develop guidelines for courses in computer science for high schools that meet the A-G math requirements for admission to the UC and CSU. The bill is awaiting the governor’s signature. The reason for approving the bill is not hard to see. As Cali...
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STEM and Universal Design

One of the most powerful Universal Design principles is that students with disabilities, like those without, benefit from having material presented to them in a variety of ways: aurally, visually, and kinesthetically. Similarly, students do best when given a variety of ways to engage the material, when they have a choice between giving a presentation, building a model, or writing a paper. The prin...
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What’s Next?

In just a few weeks, students across the country will shake hands amid pomp and circumstance and receive their certificates and high school diplomas. At Village Glen, the scene will be no different. Many students have already heard from colleges and universities, from internship programs and job placements what their immediate future holds. But for our population, for students with an ASD, the dec...
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A brief history of STEM

The origins of STEM are rooted in the space race of the 1950’s between the Soviet Union (Russia) and the United States. From the launching of the first unmanned satellite in 1957, winning the race for supremacy in space was seen as essential for technological superiority and for national security.  A succession of Presidents, to the present day, has echoed the sentiment. In 2010, President Obama s...
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See the difference!

On April 10th, 2014 the Israeli Defense Force announced that it would continue to recruit individuals on the autism spectrum for a special intelligence unit: http://www.idfblog.com/2014/04/10/autism-idf-meet-soldiers-intelligence-unit-9900/ What a perfect acknowledgement that individuals on the spectrum have the kind of skills necessary to be recruited to an elite intelligence-gathering unit! It ...
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STEM, students with an ASD, and college

Nationally, students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) enter college at a rate lower than for almost any other category of disability, including learning disability, intellectual impairment, and emotional disturbance. At Village Glen, however, graduating students enter college at a rate of approximately 85%, far above the national average in every category. How do we manage this?  We actively...
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Where those on the spectrum excel

What do our students do best? What do they excel in? In a Wall Street Journal article of March 27th 2014, there was confirmation of what many of us had long believed: what had been thought of as a weakness in our students is in fact a strength. The German software giant, SAP, is actively seeking students with autism because it believes that certain features of autism make those individuals better ...
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