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Eighth-Grade Teachers in Iowa are Changing the Way Science in Taught

Memorization no longer equals learning, and Iowa’s teachers must adapt their methods. Nearly 30 eighth-grade science teachers devoted time on Oct. 28 to collaborate and learn the best practices to engage and educate their students according to new standards at an event hosted by the University of Iowa. The state implemented new science standards in… Read more »

New Mexico to Adopt Science Standards ‘In Their Entirety’

After facing an onslaught of opposition, New Mexico’s Public Education Department officials on Wednesday decided to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards “in their entirety” with just six state-specific standards, well short of the 35 additions the agency proposed last month. The science standards outlined by Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski on Wednesday contain none of… Read more »

Calif. strongly backs expanded science and computer education in schools

A poll by Berkeley IGS/EdSource, which surveyed 1,200 registered voters in California, found that a large proportion (87 percent) support the notion of putting “greater emphasis on integrating science as part of the entire public school curriculum.”   Despite the majority of voters saying they hadn’t heard of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) – the new science standards adopted by the state… Read more »

Methods by which students learn science undergoing revision with ACESSE Project

A high-profile, learning sciences project known as Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education (ACESSE) could be the impetus behind driving national change about how K-12 students learn science. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project brings together 13 member states, eight of which have adopted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and five… Read more »

New Mexico Science Standards

New Mexico science educators, scientists, business leaders, and community members continue the fight to ensure the full science content of the NGSS is adopted without removal of select key science topics, including climate change. Here are recent news clips about the issue: NM Rally Protests “Dumbing Down” of Science Education (Public News Service, Oct. 19,… Read more »

Science standards meeting fills state hearing room

Hundreds appeared Monday in Santa Fe for the single public hearing scheduled to comment on controversial science standards proposed by the state’s Public Education Department. Two Los Alamos schools officials, Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and board member Andrea Cunningham, had signed up to speak, but due to a lengthy interruption from a false fire alarm and… Read more »

The next generation of science education means more doing

Five groups of high school students worked around tables in Vielca Anglin’s science classroom on a recent afternoon at City-As-School in New York City. They had half-liter water bottles in front of them and a range of materials including pebbles, soil, rice, marbles, scouring pads and gauze. Their task: create a gravity-driven water filtration system… Read more »

Science lessons cook up collaboration

Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, explores what’s starting to happen as they change how they teach science. A VERY DIFFERENT WORLD We already know that if our students are to thrive in the global economy and be eligible for jobs in the ever-expanding field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)… Read more »

They Were Really Worried About Creationists and the Oil Companies

New Mexico’s top education official is misleading the public about how his agency crafted a series of controversial changes to the state’s science standards, according to a former state employee who worked on the standards and later quit in protest. Last month, as Mother Jones first reported, the state’s public education agency released a plan… Read more »