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November 2022


Department Launches “YOU Belong in STEM” Initiative to Enhance STEM Education for All Young People

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) launched "YOU Belong in STEM," an initiative to galvanize the broad STEM education ecosystem to implement and scale equitable and high-quality STEM education for all young people from Pre-K to higher education. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten discussed the initiative today at the STEMconnector and Million Women Mentors Summit in Washington, D.C.

"With the YOU Belong in STEM initiative, we are helping districts and schools redesign systems and learning spaces to ensure students get the well-rounded education they need," said Deputy Secretary Marten. "We are also challenging narratives about who belongs in STEM learning and careers that, over generations, left out millions of girls and young women, students of color, students living in poverty, Native American and Alaska Native students, students with disabilities, and other marginalized students. Every student, no matter their background or zip code can meet and exceed their unique potential to learn and thrive in STEM education."

YOU Belong in STEM will focus on improving student outcomes by promoting positive conditions for STEM learning and development. Research shows a direct correlation between a sense of belonging in the classroom and a student's focus and academic content retention. Through the new initiative the Department seeks to show both teachers and students that they have a place in the STEM field and in the pathways to long-term success that STEM has to offer in a 21st century economy.

In the coming weeks, the Department will provide guidance and other technical assistance to elevate STEM teaching and learning, convene STEM partners and thought leaders, elevate bright spots and evidenced-based practices that engender belonging in STEM, and partner with public and private entities to leverage our best efforts and reach.

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October 2022

Dept. of Homeland Security - Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

CISA’s K – 12 Cybersecurity Education Training Assistance Program (CETAP) and CYBER.ORG: Through CISA’s CETAP grantee, CYBER.ORG, CISA offers K-12 teachers with cybersecurity curricula and education tools. CYBER.ORG develops and distributes free cybersecurity, STEM, and computer science curricula to K-12 educators across the country. Below are upcoming training events through CYBER.ORG.

October 27- Elementary and Middle Schoolers

Cybersecurity Awareness for Elementary and Middle School (Virtual Event): In this 60-minute workshop, dive into age-appropriate cybersecurity activities that can be integrated into any classroom. These simple lessons help students understand basic cybersecurity concepts such as privacy policies, digital footprints, website credibility, encryption, and more. Learn how to facilitate conversations that will empower students to navigate in the digital age. No prior experience or knowledge is necessary! To learn more or sign up, visit or contact us at