Posts By: Cindy Workosky

Worcester Polytechnic to Help Train Science, Math ‘Ambassadors’ in MA

WORCESTER – A local university is helping the state’s education department assemble a team of educators who will fan out across Massachusetts in the coming year to help school districts figure out how to implement the state’s new math and science standards in their classes. The math and science/technology/engineering (STE) ambassador program, the first of… Read more »

Juneau Alaska School Officials Consider Teaching Climate Change

The Associated Press reports that Juneau school officials are considering adopting science education standards that include teaching middle and high school students about climate change. Alaska’s Energy Desk reports the Juneau School District is borrowing some core ideas from the Next Generation Science Standards, which include providing students with an understanding of the relationship between… Read more »

Nonprofit Will Issue ‘Digital Badges’ for Science Units That Align With Standards

The nonprofit group Achieve, which advocates for better standards and assessments, has launched an interesting new initiative that brings together several trends: curricular alignment, digital badges or credentials, and open educational resources. The initiative is meant to respond to the continuing challenge of ensuring that, in the nearly 20 states that have adopted the Next… Read more »

Teacher Shortage, Lack of Supplies Hinder Rollout of New Science Standards in CA

ost teachers are embracing California’s new science standards, but the rollout has been hampered by teacher shortages, lackluster elementary science education, lack of supplies and other obstacles, according to a new report. The report by the Public Policy Institute of California surveyed 204 school districts across California at the end of the 2016-17 school year about their progress in… Read more »

North Idaho Schools Cut Through Climate Debate by Teaching Kids to Think Like Scientists

Somewhere in the process of digging down through 7 feet of snow near the top of a mountain, measuring the snowpack and jotting down numbers, Cheyenne Kiecker discovered something that, for her, felt impossible: Maybe she does like science after all. In February, Kiecker and her classmates studied the snow at Lookout Pass in North Idaho…. Read more »

Maine Department of Education Seeks Public Input on Science Standards

As part of the scheduled periodic review of the Maine Learning Results, the Maine Department of Education is seeking public comments regarding the current science standards. A public meeting is planned in Houlton Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 4-6 p.m. Other hearings will be held in Augusta and Westbrook. The science standards are based on the National… Read more »

Idaho Schools to Adopt New Science Standards

According to the Associated Press, after three years of resistance at the GOP-dominant Statehouse, Idaho schools are implementing a new slate of robust science standards. The Senate Education Committee on Thursday (Feb. 22, 2018) approved adopting the updated science standards after little debate. “I think it’s important to recognize this content has been well vetted… Read more »

PBS Program Explores Efforts to Downplay Teaching of Climate Change

Teaching climate change in schools is a hot-button issue in a number of states, including Idaho and New Mexico, where lawmakers have tried to weaken or dismantle science standards crafted by educators and scientists. Amid a climate-change skeptical Trump administration, legislators cite a concern about one-sided arguments. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports…. Read more »