Posts By: Cindy Workosky

Fires, floods, hurricanes: Teachers turn natural disasters into science and history lessons

he fires may be out in the Wine Country, but they’re still a daily topic in many California classrooms. At Design Tech High, a charter school in Burlingame that’s affiliated with Oracle, students are analyzing the science behind the Tubbs Fire that raged through Sonoma County in October and creating blueprints for how the destroyed neighborhoods… Read more »

Next Generation Science Standards Program Underway

In order for students to better observe nature, Chester Elementary School is embarking on the Next Generation Science Standards program, which promotes outdoor learning through hands-on experiences. The elementary school is serving as a model for other schools in Plumas Unified School District. The California Department of Education adopted the new Outdoor Core curriculum to… Read more »

Salinas Valley (CA) Teachers Get Ready for New Science Standards

Ms. Frizzle’s students are used to the weird things that happen in her classroom, like going to the first Thanksgiving or chasing after birds to see where they live. Something unusual indeed happens in “The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge,” where Tim, Wanda, Dorothy Ann, Ralphie and Keesha jump on the bus with… Read more »

NSTA Expresses Support for White Paper on Features of NGSS-Aligned Instructional Materials

In a letter to the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA), NSTA Executive Director expressed support for Priority Features of NGSS-Aligned Instructional Materials, a white paper developed by science teachers in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington State. NSTA strongly supports the efforts of science teachers in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington to describe the high quality… Read more »

Eighth-Grade Teachers in Iowa are Changing the Way Science in Taught

Memorization no longer equals learning, and Iowa’s teachers must adapt their methods. Nearly 30 eighth-grade science teachers devoted time on Oct. 28 to collaborate and learn the best practices to engage and educate their students according to new standards at an event hosted by the University of Iowa. The state implemented new science standards in… Read more »

New Mexico to Adopt Science Standards ‘In Their Entirety’

After facing an onslaught of opposition, New Mexico’s Public Education Department officials on Wednesday decided to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards “in their entirety” with just six state-specific standards, well short of the 35 additions the agency proposed last month. The science standards outlined by Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski on Wednesday contain none of… Read more »

Calif. strongly backs expanded science and computer education in schools

A poll by Berkeley IGS/EdSource, which surveyed 1,200 registered voters in California, found that a large proportion (87 percent) support the notion of putting “greater emphasis on integrating science as part of the entire public school curriculum.”   Despite the majority of voters saying they hadn’t heard of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) – the new science standards adopted by the state… Read more »

Methods by which students learn science undergoing revision with ACESSE Project

A high-profile, learning sciences project known as Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education (ACESSE) could be the impetus behind driving national change about how K-12 students learn science. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project brings together 13 member states, eight of which have adopted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and five… Read more »

New Mexico Science Standards

New Mexico science educators, scientists, business leaders, and community members continue the fight to ensure the full science content of the NGSS is adopted without removal of select key science topics, including climate change. Here are recent news clips about the issue: NM Rally Protests “Dumbing Down” of Science Education (Public News Service, Oct. 19,… Read more »