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Linda Rosen
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Linda Rosen, Ph.D. is Chief Executive Officer of Change the Equation. She has over 35 years of experience helping to develop and implement innovative, strategic frameworks and policies that support high quality STEM teaching and learning, grades PreK-16. Her expertise is especially focused on scaling up research-based best practices and in helping entities adopt and adapt practices to ensure sustainability and success in STEM education.

Dr. Rosen is a well-known national leader in STEM education with extensive experience working with key constituents, particularly around issues of teacher quality and rigorous standards. She provided leadership to the business community in its effort to support improved student performance in STEM as the Senior Vice President for the National Alliance of Business. During the Clinton Administration, she served as the Senior Advisor to Secretary Richard W. Riley on mathematics and science by providing counsel Department-wide on STEM initiatives and as the Executive Director of the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century (known as the John Glenn Commission). She was also the Executive Director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the largest professional association of teachers of mathematics and teacher educators and the Associate Executive Director of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board at the National Academy of Sciences.

Her discipline expertise is in mathematics and she has taught mathematics and mathematics education from high school through graduate school.

Entries by Linda Rosen

Myth of the Month: Anything Would Be Better Than Common Core

(29) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 9:50 AM

If you're not worried by the direction of recent political opposition to the Common Core State Standards, you should be. Politicians who have worked themselves into a lather about the Common Core are fostering the myth that good standards are by definition nothing like Common Core. This myth is breeding...

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Myth of the Month: Common Core Is Dumbing Down Education for the College-Bound

(8) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 12:34 AM

Here we go again...

Yet another misleading statement about the Common Core State Standards is making the rounds. Let's analyze this onslaught of misinformation to separate the myths from the facts.

The myth du jour asserts that Common Core will fail to prepare students for college and...

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These Books Are Hazardous to Your Child's Future

(3) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 10:55 AM

Employers are very worried that so few women are going into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at a time when we need all the STEM talent we can get. Many believe society sends girls and women subtle messages that STEM is not for them.

Or maybe not so subtle......

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Don't Squander Teachers' Support for Common Core

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 5:42 PM

Until now, teachers have helped protect Common Core State Standards against those who want to bury them. Yet if teachers don't get more support for teaching those standards--and soon--it might be teachers who gladly sound the death knell. If so, Common Core would be the latest...

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Why Didn't Your Child Pass the State Math Test? States Better Have a Clear Answer

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Is your child a good student? You might be in for a shock. Come next year, he might fail your state's math test, and that could be just the wake-up call you need. Yet if you're like most parents, you won't just accept the state test result on faith.

...
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Engineering Emergency

(4) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 8:45 AM

Income inequality is in the news these days, and for good reason. Americans do not share equally in the nation's prosperity, and race all too often separates the haves from the have-nots. One big reason for the divide: gaps in educational attainment often widen gaps in wealth. That is why...

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The Truth Hurts: The STEM Crisis Is Not a Myth

(71) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 8:52 AM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Here we go again. Social media sites are buzzing with claims that there is...

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Escaping the Dark Ages of Standardized Testing

(8) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 12:57 PM

Standardized tests have gotten a bad rap, and for good reason. Many students take too many "bubble tests," as some derisively call them, and those tests create perverse incentives for schools to drill their students on mostly basic skills in English and math. Just a few years ago, however, states...

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Are Common Core Standards 'Dumbing Down' Education? No!

(3) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 9:57 AM

It's hard to keep track of all the half-truths and untruths swirling around the new Common Core State Standards that 45 states are putting in place. One complaint that seems to have risen to the top of every Common Core opponent's talking points is that the standards will "dumb down"...

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STEM Is a Liberal Art

(8) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 9:42 PM

People have forgotten that math and science, and not just subjects like literature, art and philosophy, have long been counted among the liberal arts. After all, liberal arts encompass the knowledge and skills each person needs to participate actively in civic life. Yet many still draw a deep, dark line...

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Lower Graduation Requirements Won't Harm Texas Students? Prove It!

(12) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:43 PM

Texas lawmakers who recently weakened the state's high school graduation requirements in math and science are waving aside concerns that their move will water down standards or track low-income and minority students into the least challenging classes. They insist that standards will stay high for all students, even...

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When Are We Ever Gonna Have to Use Algebra II? Sooner Than You Think

(16) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 1:46 PM

Is Algebra II irrelevant for most students? The answer is yes, if we are to believe a new report from the National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE), which finds that few community college courses require much more than a solid grounding in middle school math. So,...

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Don't Believe the Naysayers: The STEM Skills Shortage Is Real

(18) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 4:05 PM

If we are to believe a new report from the Economic Policy Institute, employers' acute and growing concern that they cannot find the skilled STEM workers they need is really much ado about nothing. The report's authors come to this conclusion by taking a very narrow view of...

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TIMSS, Time Travel and the State of STEM

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 4:45 PM

"In recent years, several studies have shown that, by international standards, the performance of U.S. students in mathematics and science is at best mediocre. This is not to say that our schools are failures. Nor is it to belittle the efforts of the many wonderful teachers in our schools. But...
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In Defense of Algebra

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 9:51 AM

Just because most babies cry when receiving disease-preventing vaccinations doesn't mean that pediatricians and parents should halt the practice. Reasonable people realize that that the benefit outweighs the cost. Andrew Hacker's article in the New York Times, "Is Algebra Necessary?" starts from the questionable premise that since many...

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Ensuring that Investments Add Up to Big Improvements in STEM Learning

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 9:32 AM

Business leaders have raised the alarm that the middling to mediocre performance of American young people in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will put the nation at a competitive disadvantage and threaten its future prosperity. Businesses have stepped up to the plate, investing many hundreds of millions of dollars...

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Slow and Steady Will Not Win the Race

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 11:59 AM

The 2011 NAEP 8th-grade science results are both promising and disappointing.

On the bright side, the efforts of educators, business leaders and other science advocates are paying dividends, however small:

  • Scores are two points higher than they were in 2009.
  • 16 states have raised their scores while...
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Where the Jobs Are: STEM Fields

(4) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 11:36 AM

Job postings outnumber unemployed people by almost 2-to-1

You've heard countless stories of the stiff odds facing the unemployed. An analysis of online job postings and unemployment data in the past three years finds that, on average, unemployed people outnumbered online job postings by well more than 3-to-1. But for...

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Time to Raise the Bar

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 1:05 PM

The data that many states publish about how their students are doing in math and science just don't add up. While most states report that the majority of their students are proficient in math, for example, other data tell a very different story. The results of the National Assessment of...

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And the Winners Are...

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 2:04 PM

Activision and SAS. You could hardly find two companies that are more different. Activision is a leading publisher of video games. SAS is a leader in business analytics software and services. But both companies agree on one very critical point: Jobs that require math and science are very cool.

Both...

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