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Tallahassee Democrat: Ed Moore: STEM is essential to improving literacy

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Florida recently celebrated Literacy Month, giving Floridians a chance to look back and acknowledge the overwhelming success we have seen through literacy programs, many of which have impacted hundreds of thousands of students in our schools. Reading is taught and strengthened not only in English and language arts, but in science and math as well.

Engaging young learners in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) will help hone their reading skills and provide a broad foundation for acceleration as they pursue higher education. Placing highly qualified educators in our schools is the first step toward improving education in Florida.

Through professional development programs such as Science Math Master (SM2), Florida’s teachers can enhance their day-to-day methods and the experience provided to their students. SM2 resources, such as the e-Library hosted by the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida, give teachers free access to exciting lesson plans and classroom activities.

As we continue to cultivate literacy in education, we must remember that reading skills are developed throughout a child’s classroom experience, and they begin with parents at home.

STEM courses continue to be an essential piece of the education process, and with well-qualified teachers in Florida’s classrooms we can push our students and our state to new heights.


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