Saturday, March 29, 2014

Coding Women

New Meetup Group!

Girl Develop It D.C.

Want to learn how to code? Have a great idea? Don't be shy. Develop it. It can be intimidating for women to learn and ask questions when they are in an extreme minority. While open and welcoming, today's budding developer community is up to 91% male. There isn't a comfortable place where women can learn at their own pace and not be afraid to ask "stupid questions." We decided it was time to provide... [read more]

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Leadership Arlington: Attracting and Retaining Young Professionals

Upcoming Speaker Series Events
What Makes Young Professionals sTick?
What Attracts & Retains Young Professionals?

Tuesday, April 8
11:30am - 1:30pm

LA Members - $40
General Public - $50
Lunch and materials are included.

What Makes Young Professionals sTick?

WHAT: What Makes Young Professionals sTick?
WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 11:30am - 1:30pm
WHERE: WETA, 2775 S. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22206
COST: $40 for Leadership Arlington Members, $50 for the general public. Lunch and materials are included.
Come hear from Acting Director of Arlington Economic Development (AED), Cindy Richmond, who will share the results of a major study commissioned by AED to understand how Arlington's young professionals view the County as a place to live, work and play.

Monday, March 24, 2014

NOVA's On-time registration policy


APS Seeks Quite a Few Good Teachers

Discovered on

Arlington Public School has created a video as part of its effort to recruit new teachers to the burgeoning school system.

To keep up with rising student enrollment and teacher attrition — retirements, etc. — APS hired about 300 new teachers in 2012 and more than 400 new teachers in 2013. School enrollment is projected to increase from 23,316 to 24,153 in the coming school year. Superintendent Patrick Murphy’s new proposed budget calls for 53 new K-12 teacher positions — in addition to new teacher hires to replace those retiring or leaving for other school systems.

To help promote its careers web page, APS created a PSA video (above) with the tag line “Inspire Generation.”

Sunday, March 23, 2014

More from Teitelbaum on the STEM shortage "myth"

from The Atlantic:

The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

Michael Yarish/Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc.
American students need to improve in math and science—but not because there's a surplus of jobs in those fields.  

Read the article on The Atlantic's page but be sure to also read the comments. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Great Article About Long Term Unemployed

Long Term Unemployed and want to get a job? Try getting married. Majority of LTU are single. Check out:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Webinar: STEM in your Pathways

I'm pretty sure they meant EDT, not EST.

Tuesday, March 25 - 3pm EST

Where - To Register please click the link below.

ALERT:  Tuesday March 25 - 3pm EST  

K-12 schools play a critical role in ensuring that our students are as well educated in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects as possible, in part so that they can enter the workforce and contribute to the national economic well-being. Improving STEM education takes many forms ranging from updating of math and science curriculum to designing and implementing effective after-school and summer enrichment experiences. 

But how can a school leader approach STEM with a holistic approach - offering relevant STEM pathways programs of study, curriculum reform in core classes, and connecting to after-school enrichment and summer activities? The upcoming NC3T/Drexel webinar features two national STEM experts who address the challenge of STEM education leadership and STEM pathways development.

Monday, March 17, 2014

2014-2016 inSTEP program for future STEM teachers

About the Program
Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is pleased to announce the upcoming 2014-2016 inSTEP program for future STEM teachers. VSGC is coordinating the Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers (inSTEP) program to prepare 30 pre-service teachers to teach integrative STEM subjects.
VSGC is partnering with higher education institution partners, NASA Langley Research Center, and NASA Wallops Flight Facility.
inSTEP is open to rising juniors majoring in STEM, interested in teaching in grades 4-8, and attending one of the following higher education institutions: The College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, The University of Virginia, Norfolk State University, Virginia State University, Hampton University

Thursday, March 13, 2014

MD / VA Vet School Open House

Annual Open House
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Blacksburg, Va.

HokieBird at Open House
The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) hosts the college's Annual Open House in the spring each year. The event features a variety of exhibits, demonstrations, seminars, and public tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
The purpose of the Open House is to showcase the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, provide information about the veterinary profession and careers in veterinary medicine, celebrate the role of animals in people's lives, and provide fun and entertainment for the community.
The Open House is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of dog food or dog toys to benefit local shelter dogs.

NoVa Outside Showcase - April 10

The NoVa Outside School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) is an exhibition and celebration of the environmental stewardship efforts of Northern Virginia K-12 students, teachers, schools, and non-profits.

Schools are invited to bring 5-6 students (from Green Team, after school club, etc.) to share what the school and students are doing for the environment. A 6’ table will be provided for display materials (tri-fold displays recommended). 

Register at (it's free!). Questions? 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

from the Washington Post:

Virginia State Superintendent Patricia Wright to retire in May

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright Tuesday announced that she will retire May 1 after six years in the state’s top education job and nearly three decades with the state’s Education Department.
Wright was appointed as superintendent in 2008 by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, and reappointed two years later by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell. She also served as an acting superintendent under Gov. Mark R. Warner.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Unemployment's Long-Term Problem: SHRM looks at LTU’s Causes/Solutions

For my first post on the NOVA STEM Blog, I am going to take a short cut and present a link to a great article posted on SHRM’s website by Joseph Coombs, SHRM’s Senior Analyst for Workforce Trends.  

This article takes a hard look at this issue (plus I am quoted in it!)

Click here: