Common Core State Standards
For the U.S. to remain competitive globally, we must ensure that all children, no matter where they live, receive the best education possible that prepares them for a future beyond high school.
On a local level, teachers and administrators – along with supportive community and business leaders – are working to ensure today’s students develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and careers. ExxonMobil supports the efforts of these K-12 educators as they implement more rigorous standards in math and English.
The Standards – whether named Common Core State Standards or renamed to reflect state priorities – provide a clear and consistent expectation of what students should learn at each grade level. With the right preparation, our students can successfully innovate and lead, especially in the rapidly growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
With lessons aligned to the stronger standards, teachers are helping students master key concepts and strengthen critical thinking skills. In mathematics:
- The standards lay a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals. Taken together, these elements support a student’s ability to learn and apply more demanding mathematics concepts and procedures.
- The middle school and high school standards call on students to practice applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges. They prepare students to think and reason mathematically.
In English Language Arts (ELA):
- The standards put a greater emphasis on writing arguments. And because college and career readiness focuses on complex texts beyond traditional literature, the standards also ensure students are enhancing their reading, writing and researching in other subjects too.
- The standards create a staircase of increasing text complexity so that students develop their skills and apply them to increasingly complex texts.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering
ExxonMobil annually hosts “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” events at company sites across the country with activities designed to encourage students to pursue careers in engineering. The program seeks to promote curiosity among middle school students, and particularly help shrink the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and related fields. For more than a decade, hundreds of company employees have helped demonstrate to more than 12,000 students that engineering careers are not only exciting, rewarding and diverse, but also offer the power to make a difference in society.
Over 1,700 of our employees volunteered with JA chapters in ten U.S. cities in 2015. Internationally, ExxonMobil employees volunteered with chapters in 18 additional countries. We contributed approximately $1 million to JA initiatives worldwide. In March 2016 ExxonMobil was recognized with the Junior Achievement Gold Presidential Award for contributing more than 19,500 volunteer hours in the previous year. Additionally, fifteen ExxonMobil employees serve on local and regional JA boards of directors.
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
NACME, founded more than 40 years ago, and supported by corporations, has the goal of leading the effort to increase the representation of minority men and women in engineering and related careers. Block grants for scholarships are awarded to universities that have a track record and a focus of increasing the number of minority engineering graduates.
ExxonMobil provides funds to selected organizations and universities that seek to improve the career opportunities of women and minorities, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). For example, ExxonMobil contributes to Society of Women Engineers programs that strive to attract women to engineering and technical professions. Other organizations funded by ExxonMobil include the National Society of Black Engineers, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers.
Science Ambassador Program
ExxonMobil employees participate in an inclass volunteer program focused on education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) targeted at middle school students. Volunteers visit local area classrooms to share their passion for STEM with students and inspire the next generation of innovators.
SECME is a strategic alliance that partners schools, universities, industry and government to renew and strengthen the professional capacity of K-12 educators; motivate and mentor students; and, empower parents and communities to prepare minority youth for careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. ExxonMobil’s support of SECME directly aids several initiatives including the Summer Institute for Teachers.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
ExxonMobil’s contribution to SWE is used to support outreach programs to attract young women to engineering. As a longstanding partner of SWE, ExxonMobil supports Invent It. Build It. - a hands-on engineering program for middle school girls, specifically Girl Scouts. Held annually during SWE’s national conference, the program introduces girls to the benefits of STEM careers through interactive challenges coordinated by PBS’ Design Squad Nation, engaging presentations from industry leaders and a parallel initiative for parents and educators.