Latinos, African-Americans have Less Access to STEM Classes

Recently, Carolyn Jones, writing for California’s EdSource, shared the findings of a recent research report that focuses on equitable access to math and science courses for students of color. Excerpts of her piece appear below: African-American and Latino students were less likely to attend schools that offer advanced math and science classes, new data shows. Read more about Latinos, African-Americans have Less Access to STEM Classes[…]

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Tying Teacher Certification Test Scores to Secondary STEM Achievement

A recent article by the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) investigates whether STEM teacher candidates who score better on licensure tests are also more effective at improving student performance once they enter the teaching workforce. After replicating earlier findings that teacher basic-skills licensure test scores are a modest and Read more about Tying Teacher Certification Test Scores to Secondary STEM Achievement[…]

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New STEM Initiative: Blow Minds. Teach STEM.

Urban Teacher Center (UTC) together with 100Kin10 and dozens of partner organizations, announced the launch of “Blow Minds, Teach STEM,” a coordinated, co-funded campaign to inspire undergraduates and recent graduates with strong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to become teachers. The U.S. ranks 27th in math and 20th in science among industrialized countries, Read more about New STEM Initiative: Blow Minds. Teach STEM.[…]

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At P-Tech Schools, get a Diploma and a Job

P-Tech schools, short for Pathways in Technology Early College High School, are the hottest new education commodity, especially in urban areas with progressive political leadership.  They essentially are STEM focused public high schools at which students will spend four years, gain a high school diploma and an associate’s degree, receive curriculum and leadership from a Read more about At P-Tech Schools, get a Diploma and a Job[…]

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Caution on Next Generation Science Standards

A new set of science standards to complement the Common Core has been touted as crucial reform to a crucial subject, but the Thomas B. Fordham Institute has recently urged states considering the “Next Generation Science Standards” to “exercise caution and patience.” Chester Finn and Kathleen Porter-Magee at the Common Core Watch, part of the Read more about Caution on Next Generation Science Standards[…]

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Resources to Support Common Core Implementation

The Common Core State Standards have been accepted by 46 states and the District of Columbia and are scheduled for full implementation in the 2014-15 school year. They are already being piloted in multiple locations, which this blog has written about previously.  Teachers have also recently spoken up in several surveys and have described their Read more about Resources to Support Common Core Implementation[…]

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NSTA seeks Feedback for Next Generation Science Standards

Between now and January 29, 2013 the team behind the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is soliciting feedback on their ongoing project of creating new K–12 science standards. The first draft of these new science standards was released in May of 2012. Tens of thousands of responses came in, and the NGSS writing team, working Read more about NSTA seeks Feedback for Next Generation Science Standards[…]

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NBPTS and edTPA partners to Create Online Video Library for Teacher Preparation

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $3 million “Investing in Innovation” grant to a partnership of educational organizations that will aid in two major educational initiatives: better preparing new teachers and bolstering math and science instruction. The project will operate under the leadership of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and Read more about NBPTS and edTPA partners to Create Online Video Library for Teacher Preparation[…]

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Obama Administration Creates National STEM Master Teacher Corps

The Obama Administration recently announced the President’s plan for the creation of a new, national Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Master Teacher Corps comprised of some of the nation’s finest educators in STEM subjects. The STEM Master Teacher Corps will begin with 50 exceptional STEM teachers established in 50 sites and will be expanded Read more about Obama Administration Creates National STEM Master Teacher Corps[…]

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Draft of Common Core Science Standards Draws ‘Friendly Fire’

The first public draft of the common science standards is facing criticism for “lack of clarity and coherence” and omitting key content knowledge in favor of “an overdose on scientific ‘practices.’”  However, these critiques are not being viewed as unfriendly—rather, the two organizations offering the feedback (the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Fordham Read more about Draft of Common Core Science Standards Draws ‘Friendly Fire’[…]

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New Education Week ‘Spotlights’

Education Week is again offering new “Spotlights on Education” for free.  Spotlights are collections of recent articles grouped by theme to give readers an in-depth look at education issues.  The currently offered Spotlights are: Implementing Online Learning Blended Learning Sports Variety of Approaches Spotlight Turns Toward Virtual Ed Accountability School Districts Team Up on Virtual Read more about New Education Week ‘Spotlights’[…]

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Fellowship Program Aims to Change Teacher Prep

In 2007, Indiana adopted a new teaching fellowship program, established by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, to recruit professionals with STEM expertise.  Fellows, whether mid-career or fresh out of college, were set to work in secondary schools serving disadvantaged populations.  The program seeks to not only address the shortage of STEM teachers, but to Read more about Fellowship Program Aims to Change Teacher Prep[…]

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1,000 Scientists in 1,000 Days

Scientific American is about to make connecting scientists and schools a whole lot easier,  thanks to their new 1,000 Scientists in 1,000 Days program. They’re recruiting “scientists who are willing to volunteer to advise on curricula, answer a classroom’s questions, or visit a school—for instance, to do a lab or to talk about what you Read more about 1,000 Scientists in 1,000 Days[…]

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