Policy Issues in Nevada Education
University of Nevada, Las Vegas. College of Education
Las Vegas (Nev.)
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Problem. Nevada faces a shortage in STEM-qualified employees. Given that our English Learner (EL) community is one of the fastest growing communities in Nevada, policymakers have a vested interest in supporting these students in STEM careers. Unfortunately, EL science scores in Nevada are particular- ly low, implying they are not on a trajectory towards STEM careers. Purpose. This paper provides an overview of recent trends in Nevada policies addressing ELs, STEM, and counseling. It also provides an overview of evidence-based strategies for improving EL success in STEM. Recommendations. We recommend that Nevada educators and policymakers work to 1) Improve quality instruction for ELs by integrating language learning into STEM curriculum; 2) Involve school counselors to promote EL social-emotional needs and mental health; 3) Invest in professional development for STEM educators on how to specifically integrate language into content; and 4) Lower the student-to-counselor ratio in Nevada to the recommended best practice (i.e., 250:1).
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education
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Success in STEM: Diversifying our STEM Workforce by Supporting our EnglishLearner Students’ Mental Health and Academic Achievement.
Policy Issues in Nevada Education, 4(1),
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