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PA Educators Want Science Standards to do More Than Teach Students to Win on Jeopardy!

Soon after students settled into their seats, Jeff Remington directed them to begin downloading an application on their school-issued iPads that would teach them about the language – called coding – that tells computers what to do. Then he flipped on an 8-minute video explaining why coding is something the Palmyra Middle School students should… Read more »

These 5 Trends Will Dominate STEM + Education in 2019

100Kin10 released its annual Trends Report, a synthesis of thousands of data points that predict trends and “look-aheads” that will define STEM and education in 2019. Second on the list was the hunger by many teacher for more high-quality NGSS resources. “In the nearly 20 states where the Next Generation Science Standards have been adopted,… Read more »

What Utah Kids Learn About Science, Including Climate Change and Evolution, is up for Debate With New Draft Standards

The Utah Board of Education voted to unveil science classroom guidelines for a 90-day public review after months of debate among members who disagreed over whether the new standards — based largely on what’s accepted nationwide — go too far in talking about human impact on the climate, rely “too much on theory and not… Read more »

Adoption of More Rigorous Standards May Help Explain Dip in Nebraska’s Science Scores

About 68 percent of Nebraska public school students tested as proficient in science last spring, down 2 percentage points from 2016-17 and 4 percentage points from 2015-16, the Omaha World-Herald reported . The scores were taken from fifth, eighth and 11th grades. Nebraska is moving to a new science test to reflect changing standards that come with… Read more »

Meeting New Science Standards Requires Greater Emphasis on Teacher Practice

As states implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a new study finds that simply focusing on building teachers’ content knowledge in science isn’t sufficient to help students reach higher expectations. “These science learning goals pose a challenge for educators,” the authors write. “Typical K-12 science teaching practice does not come close to matching the… Read more »

New Science Standards, Strategic Plan Promote STEM Learning in Guam

The Guam Education Board has approved a new set of science standards and STEM strategic plan for public schools on island, the Guam Department of Education stated in a release Wednesday. During a recent meeting, the education board adopted the GDOE Next Generation Science Standards and the Science Technology Engineering and Math, or STEM, Strategic… Read more »

West Ed Explores How California Districts are Approaching NGSS Implementation

West Ed’s Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning has unpacked the landscape of California State Standards implementation by examining key drivers of implementation such as funding, professional learning, and instructional shifts. Now, a new report looks across those domains to explore how districts are approaching implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. FINDING… Read more »

Teacher Lara Minnear Sparks Curiosity in Creekside Science Students

In Zeeland, Michigan, teacher Lara Minnear knows science class is about so much more than memorizing the facts about the water cycle, climate change and Newton’s laws. It’s about curiosity and inquisitiveness. In her class, she encourages a “frontloading culture,” encouraging students to step up as leaders in the classroom and think and act more… Read more »