June 27, 2018 - A new brief out today from Achieve explores the challenges states face as they begin to think about transforming their science assessments to accompany new three-dimensional science standards.
Since 2013, 40 states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) or similar standards, signaling a commitment to high-quality and rigorous science education for all students. Any time state content standards undergo such a significant shift, states must develop new assessments to measure student progress toward meeting the new standards. This need presents a number of challenges for state leaders.
Achieve's new brief explores these and other challenges and presents a set of recommendations for states to consider in tackling them.
NSTA guest blogger Anne Lowry explores the power of phenomenon-based learning.
Learn more about how her use of the phenomenon of light engaged the students in her preschool classroom.
Dear NJ Science Educators,
Currently NJ science educators are invited to apply for participation on an item writing committee related to an assessment grant in which New Jersey is participating. Those who are selected will be required to work onsite in Baltimore, Maryland August 7 - 9 as well as complete advance online training. An honorarium of $1225 will be provided as well as lodging and reimbursement for travel mileage.
The committee is still in need of general education science teachers in the following areas: Teachers of science with expertise in 1) elementary life science and/or physical science, 2) middle school life science and/or physical science, 3) high school biology.
Interested individuals must complete the recruitment survey as soon as possible and no later than June 21, 2018. The recruitment survey is available at https://kansasedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zzPbrfDmRoMlwN.
More information is available in the attachment (below), and also by emailing recruitment staff at Ismart@ku.edu. I-Smart staff will respond directly to selected participants with more details. Thank you for considering this opportunity.
Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator, Office of Academics
Division of Teaching and Learning, New Jersey Department of Education
Science Homepage: http://www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/science/
Film makers ages 13 to 18 are invited to submit an original video to the Breakthrough Prize Foundation’s fourth annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a global science and mathematics competition that challenges students to create videos that illustrate a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics.
The entries must be three minutes or shorter and will be judged by how well the chosen concept or theory is communicated.
First prize is a $250,000 college scholarship. The science teacher who inspired the winning student will receive $50,000, and the winner’s school will receive a state-of-the-art science lab.
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation – which honors advancements made in fundamental physics, life sciences and mathematics – will accept entries until July 1st.
For Information and to register, visit: https://breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org
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NSTA and the Northrop Grumman Foundation recognize the importance of integrating high-quality engineering instruction into the science classroom and the critical need for making students proficient in the practices used by engineers in the field. Applicants for this award must be K–12 public school science/technology teachers and have a minimum of three years of teaching experience. Awardees will receive $5000 for classroom materials and equipment, a cash prize of $3000, and $2000 to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.
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Are you interested in having a professional chemist volunteer with you in your classroom? Apply for the Science Coaches program to gain real-world applications of lessons, demos or experiments in the classroom and more from a chemist! Participants in the program will also receive a $500 donation from the American Chemical Society or a $550 gift certificate from Flinn Scientific.
Do you have a topic idea for an AACT simulation? As AACT prepares for another school year, we are eager to hear if you have a topic idea for an upcoming simulation! If you have a great idea that you would like to see become available on the AACT website, please take a moment and share your idea with them. As a token of their appreciation, all contributors will be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card.
With all that is changing in the global markets in the last year, can business continue as usual? The multilateral trade environment has begun to shift to more bilateral agreements, changes with OPEC, Iran and domestic production continue to influence the oil market, and China has been making good on its promise to ramp down production. Join us as Paul Hodges of International eChem and Bill Carroll of Carroll Applied Sciences return for ACS's semiannual look at these factors and explore what opportunities lie in this new economic landscape.
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I’m writing you about the ‘Tools of Science’ series that I’ve developed with Janice McDonnell, Kim Thamatrakoln (both at Rutgers) and Tilapia Film Inc, along with input and efforts from various collaborators along the way.
‘Tools of Science’ is a series of unique, educational videos and hands on lessons designed to help learners explore the nature and process of science through the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Videos introduce the science and engineering practices from the point of view of practicing scientists and are designed for easy integration into any STEM experience to help illustrate the non-linear, cyclical nature of science and the creative vision and skills needed to conduct scientific research. We currently have five videos (and associated lesson plans) on: ‘Testable Questions’, ‘Collaborations’, ‘Sampling’, ‘Proxies’, and ‘Mathematical Models’. The ultimate goal is to support learners in their understanding of science, increase their identity as scientists and build on their reasoning and sense making skills with regards to scientific data.
We are looking for feedback (via a host survey below) and for subscribers to our YouTube channel to help us disseminate our product. We need 100 subscribers to increase our search function and get a customized URL. Please take a moment to look at our Youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2r9bLF1oQS7w11EAkoO9w ….and subscribe if interested!
Also, please provide some quick feedback and fill out the survey at: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bKJz8rlVRheMvlj
Lastly, please feel free to disseminate this broadly to colleagues that you feel will be interested and will benefit. The ‘Tools of Science’ is a very unique project and one that has been designed to be modular, allowing for other colleagues to create, shape and disseminate videos and teaching content on various topics useful to NGSS across the country.
Thanks for helping.
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