Posts By: Cindy Workosky

Idaho House Education Committee To Take Up Science Standards Feb. 1

The Idaho House Education Committee will consider a proposed slate of new science standards during hearings Thursday and Friday at the Statehouse. At issue are standards that will be used in Idaho’s K-12 public schools and charters. Last year, lawmakers approved science standards on a temporary basis after first removing five paragraphs that reference global… Read more »

Pa. Can Do More to Upgrade STEM Education

As a practicing Pennsylvania classroom science teacher for more than 30 years and a National STEM Teacher Ambassador, I appreciate the good work Gov. Tom Wolf has done for education and his advocacy to increase resources for education. His recent Op-Ed “Why it’s essential for Pennsylvania to invest in education” points out how far the… Read more »

Funding, Teacher Training Top Educators’ Wish List for Science Ed

This year may prove to be a pivotal time for science education in California, as schools enter the final stages of introducing the Next Generation Science Standards — the new K-12 science standards — and prepare for the first fully operational standardized tests in early 2019. We asked science educators and leaders what they’d like… Read more »

New Science Standards a Boon for the Littlest Learners

Science education has long been a weak spot at some elementary schools, but educators are hoping California’s new science standards — if implemented well — will entice teachers to expand and improve science lessons for the youngest students. According to a 2016 study by WestEd, SRI International and the Lawrence Hall of Science, more than… Read more »

Wisconsin Adopts K-12 Science Standards

In November, Wisconsin  adopted new K–12 science education standards. Click here to read a Q&A on the standards by Kevin Anderson, Science Education Consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.    

Op-ed: Let Science Educators Build New Science Standards for Utah

As Utah begins the process of revising the state science standards for elementary and high school, it’s a good idea to take a moment to ask why we teach science to K–12 students at all? Science, engineering and the resulting technologies are interwoven into our lives and will be integral in meeting humanity’s most pressing… Read more »

How One California School District is Leading the Way on New Science Standards

As schools nationwide take on the most comprehensive overhaul of science standards in 20 years, a school district in a quiet suburb of Los Angeles has become a pace-setter.  Without relying on outside funding, or major grant money, Torrance Unified has trained more than 500 teachers and has unveiled the new standards to all 24,000 students… Read more »

North Dakota Teachers to Rewrite Academic Standards

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is soliciting help from educators across the state in rewriting standards for science, health, the arts and early learning. The new standards will affect grades K-12, as well as pre-K for early learning guidelines. These instructional standards haven’t been reviewed in several years, including health standards that are nearly… Read more »