On September 17th and the 18th, Iowa Regents’ Center for Early Developmental Education’s Director, Beth Van Meeteren spent two days with a team of 14 led by the Education Commission of the States in Denver, Colorado. Billed as the "Early Learning STEM Thinkers Meeting", the team was charged with identifying a comprehensive set of key policies critical to five policy levers to ensure broad access to high quality STEM learning experiences from pre-K to third grade (P-3) statewide.
Policy levers included:
1) Teacher Preparation and Professional Development
2) Teacher Certification/Licensure/Endorsement
3) Standards and Assessment
4) Principal Leadership
5) Equity and Access. The Education Commission of the States plans to publish this policy report early in 2020