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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 »

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 »