Resources & Tools
All students, especially those in disadvantaged communities and those underrepresented in STEM fields, should be supported with a strong STEM education. The California Next Generation Science Standards (CA-NGSS) offer great promise to improve learning for our students and narrow the achievement gap. CA-NGSS promotes critical thinking and other essential skills, and its collaborative, hands-on approach to learning engages students in ways that improve their education in science and across all subjects.
Additionally a STEM education based on the new standards will give more students the opportunity to pursue—and succeed in—challenging and rewarding professions in STEM fields. But, in order for students to gain all these advantages, districts must integrate CA-NGSS into their planning, budgeting, and program delivery.
You can help to make that happen.
California’s school finance system, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), gives school districts flexibility—and an unprecedented opportunity—to enhance STEM learning opportunities for students, particularly low-income students, dual language learners, and foster youth. Under LCFF, parents and community members have the opportunity to remind district board members and superintendents about the importance of STEM education and encourage them to leverage LCFF to improve STEM education in their districts.
Below you will find a STEM education advocacy toolkit: