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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 »

Barlow STEM chairman promotes new science curriculum

Next Generation Science Standards is the new science curriculum being taught at Joel Barlow High School (Easton, CT). NGSS is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are challenging to students. With NGSS, the students, rather than the teachers, are the ones who are actively discovering. At the Region 9 Board of Education… Read more »

Bringing Science to Life

Ramirez Thomas Elementary School teacher Rita Rios-Baca’s first-graders let her know in one collective shout what they thought of her plan to use bubbles to study wind patterns as part of a Los Alamos National Foundation project that brings science into public school classrooms. “Hooray!” they screamed in unison as they readied their science kits… Read more »

Fizz! Pop! Bang! Teachers find new science standards fun, but costly

  With their emphasis on hands-on experiments, California’s new science standards have turned classrooms into noisy, messy laboratories. That’s been popular with students and teachers who say it’s a more effective way to learn science than studying textbooks and memorizing facts, but the cost of all those underwater robots and exploding chemicals has left some… Read more »

Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Brings Science to Classrooms

A huge warehouse in Chimayo holds a treasure trove – boxes filled with materials needed to teach young students lessons about energy, matter, or other science topics. Operated by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation, a nonprofit with programs fostering educational opportunities in communities in the shadow of the national laboratory in Los Alamos,… Read more »

Iowa Schools Partners With Community College to Teach Sixth-Graders Chemistry

For at least five weeks, a portion of Lincoln Intermediate sixth-graders has been learning chemistry through a variety of hands-on activities. “Doing is learning,” said Lisa Hugi, a teacher at Lincoln Intermediate in Mason City. Hugi’s 90 sixth-grade students are part of a “pilot project” being done in collaboration with Nikae Perkinson, Natural Sciences Division chairwoman… Read more »

Congratulations to New Mexico for Adopting the NGSS

On November 14, the New Mexico Public Education Dept filed official records indicating the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards as well as 6 additional STEM standards for K-12 students. With the adoption, NM joins 19 other states and the District of Columbia as official adoption states. NSTA congratulates the science teachers, scientists, education… Read more »

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 »