A few weeks ago, EdReports released its first middle school science reviews. It took us more than a year to get these reports out the door, but our educator reviewers invested that time because we know how important a high quality, standards-aligned curriculum is for our students and their futures.
As an EdReports content specialist, and science educator for two decades, I recognize that the Next Generation Science Standards are a big shift for the field. Our reports are designed to empower educators with information and evidence to guide their practice—but diving into a report can feel daunting at first.
We want to help. Check out this short guide made to accompany our science reports. In it we highlight three ways to identify if you’re using high-quality science materials in your classroom.
We know that instructional materials are not the silver bullet. But we also know that materials can make a difference in what and how students learn. We hope you’ll share these tips with your colleagues and join the #materialsmatter conversation on Twitter or Facebook.
We look forward to hearing from you!
EdReports Science Content Specialist
from Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator, Office of Standards, New Jersey Department of Education
The following are thought provoking podcast based on recent research on learning. You members may find them thought provoking.
"What We've Learned About Learning" A CPRE/Kappan Miniseries
Acclaimed researchers and authors Maryanne Wolf, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa and Pooja Agarwal discuss the latest in learning science, debunk common neuromyths, and offer tips and resources for teachers, researchers, and policymakers.
Part 1: Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
Neuromyths: What We Know About the Learning Brain
Part 2: Pooja Agarwal
Learning from Cognitive Psychology: Four Strategies for the Classroom
Part 3: Maryanne Wolf
Books, Tablets and Screens: The Science of Reading in a Digital Age
Visit the CPRE site: cprehub.org/
The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers—hundreds of thousands of people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. The goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications.
Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)
Synopsis of Program:
The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.
The DRK-12 program invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching. The program recognizes the synergy among the three strands and that there is some overlap and interdependence among them. However, proposals should identify a clear focus of the proposed research efforts (i.e., assessment, learning, or teaching) consistent with the proposal's main objectives and research questions. The program supports five types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, and (5) Conferences and Syntheses. All five types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 program strands.