On December 4 the White House issued a five year strategic plan for STEM education based on the vision that "all Americans have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the U.S. will be the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment."
To achieve this vision the report presents three goals that stakeholders should follow:
Goal 1: Build Strong Foundations for STEM Literacy
Goal 2: Increase Diversity and Inclusion Through Broader Access to STEM
Goal 3: Prepare the STEM Workforce for the Future.
The report includes a strategy for how federal agencies should plan, coordinate, and scale up their programs for STEM over the next five years and includes solid recommendations that STEM stakeholders in states and districts nationwide can follow and emulate. Read the report here.
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This is a brief summary of upcoming activities from the American Modeling Teachers Association.
2019 Summer Modeling Workshops
AMTA is working with Modeling Workshop hosts and leaders to plan 2019 workshops. Workshops are open to current and new Modelers and we hope you share this information with interested colleagues who have not yet attended their own workshop. Please visit the website to search workshops by content area https://tinyurl.com/AMTA19content or by location https://tinyurl.com/AMTA19location.
2019 Distance Learning Courses
Online courses have been a hit over the past few years. AMTA will again offer courses in the Spring and graduate credits are available through Dominican University for $100 per credit hour (up to 3 credits). Visit https://modelinginstruction.org/spring-2019/ for more information about Introduction to Modeling (for people new to Modeling Instruction), Chemistry II, and Advanced Modeling Instruction: Cognition and Instruction in STEM.
Each month, AMTA offers webinars for members. These presentations cover a variety of topics of interest to the Modeling community.
*A special webinar for members and non-members will take place on January 15th, 2019 from 7-8 pm (ET). Join us for a chat with Bruce Wellman for Engineering-Activity Dreaming: Share your ideas & dreams on what would make an awesome engineering activity for your class! Register in advance with the link below:
*New* Online Learning Modules
If you prefer your distance learning in more bite-sized chunks, AMTA will soon begin offering short modules in 2019. Modules will be 3-hour sessions delivered on weekend afternoons. The first two modules will be on January 19th - Creating a Modeling Classroom Environment - and February 28th - Computational Modeling Physics First. More modules are in development and will be scheduled soon. Fees are $25 for members and $50 for non-members. Register at the link below: https://www.eweblife.com/prm/AMTA/calendar/event?event=1993&date_id=64404
The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) partners with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Science and Mathematics and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund ten scholarships each year for middle school science teachers working to transfer a passion for science to students in this age group. Research shows that students who get excited about STEM subjects in middle school are the ones who are most likely to take those courses in high school and major in them at the college level.
National STEM Scholars receive advanced education in the development of STEM projects for classroom implementation, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing.
Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of teacher applicants.
In 2019, we will graduate our fourth cohort of National STEM Scholars. Each scholarship recipient receives the following:
Applications are open now at https://www.wku.edu/gifted/nss/.
Click here to learn more about the National Stem Cell Foundation.
Want to integrate data literacy skills into your teaching?
Join us as the Data Literacy Series (December 2018 – April 2019), at the New Brunswick Rutgers University campus.
Through a series of short, 3-hour, workshops we will dive into six common areas that trip up students when working with and learning through data. Each workshop includes tips and tricks of integrating data literacy into what you already do, hands-on activities, and time to modify activities for your classroom that address the data literacy skill.
The workshop is open to science, math, and social studies teachers in grades 4-12 that are interested in pursuing more successful ways to integrate data into their teaching. To learn more about the series, click here. In essence, we will unpack what is involved in teaching with data!
When It Occurs & What to Expect
Each evening we will dive into data literacy concepts that all students need to be successful in the 21st century. Join us for all, a couple, or just one of the 3-hour workshops. Dinner and materials will be provided at every workshop. Come network with colleagues and other data-interested educators.
The series includes:
At the end of each hands-on workshop you will have new skills and tips for exposing your students to data skills and bringing real world data into your classrooms. As a learning community, we will develop strategies to successfully implement these data literacy skills into our classrooms.
To apply: You must be a 4-12th grade classroom science, math, or social science teacher, as well as be willing to dive into data.
Click here to apply now & bring data to your students this year!
Preference is provided to those that apply for each workshop at least a week in advance.
Applicants will receive notification of acceptance and additional information the Thursday before each event.
Space is limited for this run of the Data Literacy Series, apply today!
July 15-19, 2019
CDC Headquarters, Atlanta Georgia
Middle and High School STEM Teachers
Learn curriculum design and teaching strategies that engage students in math and science using real-life epidemiology and public health examples.
Submit your online application by:
January 15, 2019
For more information, visit:
Rowan University: The College of Education and the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, and Movement Education (STEAM) is searching for qualified and experienced adjuncts in the area of Science Education. All positions require availability during the regular school day.
The appointment consists of supervision of science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and/or Physical Science) teacher candidates. The successful candidate will demonstrate a constructivist based theoretical framework centered on a philosophy that is a grounded in social justice.
Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Issam Abi-El-Mona at email@example.com.
The application must be submitted through Rowan University’s online applicant tracking system: http://jobs.rowan.edu/cw/en-us/listing/.
You are challenged to participate in the