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STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and encompasses a vast array of subjects that fall into each of those terms. Occupations in STEM-related careers are some of the fastest growing and best paid of the 21st century, and they often have the greatest potential for job growth. As America strives to keep up with the current and projected demand for STEM output, it is important that our country remains competitive in those fields. The best way to ensure future success and longevity it is to make sure that American students are well versed in these subjects.

Our distinguished guests are Gary Hoachlander, President of ConnectED: The California Center for College and Career and Arthur Registre, Director of Science for the Uniondale Union Free School District in New York.
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Educviii: Gary Hoachlander

Mr. Hoachlander is President of ConnectEd California, which provides students and teachers with an online forum where they can access integrated curriculum units, media tools, and industry professionals to support project-based learning in their schools. He is widely known for his expertise in career and technical education.
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Educviii: Arthur Registre

Mr. Registre is Director of Science for the Uniondale school district in New York. He discusses the importance of teaching science, and why STEM based education should be a priority in public schools.
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ConnectEd California

ConnectEd partners with communities to transform education through Linked Learning, ensuring that all students, regardless of background, graduate ready for college, career, and life. Linked Learning combines strong academics, demanding technical education, and real-world experience.

Next Generation Science Standards

Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.

Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Gary Hoachlander
Gary Hoachlander is President of ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career. Beginning his career in 1966 as a brakeman for the Western Maryland Railroad, he has devoted most of his professional life to helping young people learn by doing—connecting education to the opportunities, challenges, and many different rewards to be found through work. Widely known for his expertise in career and technical education and many other aspects of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education, Gary has consulted extensively for the U.S. Department of Education, state departments of education, local school districts, foundations, and a variety of other clients. Gary earned his Bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and holds both a Master’s and Ph.D. degree from the Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley.

ConnectEd California