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  • 17 May 2020 11:22 AM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    An award-winning documentary titled "Jim Allison: Breakthrough", which is a moving, true story of one warm-hearted, stubborn, scientist’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer is available to educators and their students. 

    A Film can be a powerful instructional tool in the classroom and "Jim Allison: Breakthrough" is no exception.  Whether or not your students are interested in pursuing the sciences, everyone should know more about what scientists do and see the human side of their lives.

    Thanks to generous underwriters, the film is available as a teaching tool at no cost to educators. Given the nationwide move to distance learning as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to let you know about this free online resource.  Educators can send a link to their students to view the film and utilize a simple Educator Guide that includes discussion questions, writing prompts, and research questions appropriate for high school and college-aged learners.  (Uncommon Productions)

    You can learn more and sign up here:  www.breakthroughdoc.com/for-educators

    Sign Up for a Free Educational License

  • 05 Dec 2019 7:30 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    A recording of the Online Panel Discussion is available - click on the graphic. (01:04:32 view time)

    Description: In this first interactive online panel, facilitated by Jay Labov (Retired Director of the National Academies Teacher Advisory Council) and Margo Murphy (high school science educator and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching), we discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist for teachers who want to stay in the classroom to work directly with students but also want to continue developing professionally as a STEM teacher leader.

    The panel includes several perspectives on STEM teacher leadership including two classroom teachers who have built strong leadership capacity (Julie Olson and Jose Rivas), a former teacher who has left the classroom and who now works as a professional development leader with teachers in her district (Claudia Walker), and an expert in the scholarly research on leading without leaving the classroom (Barnett Berry).

  • 18 Aug 2019 10:17 AM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    This PPT is part of the STANYS parent campaign to raise awareness around the new vision of science education.

    Link to Power Point file - 69mb

  • 01 Jan 2019 8:12 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    How do you Squeeze more STEM into your Science Classroom? (Archived Webinar)
    This web seminar took place on October 4, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenters were Tami Plein, Science Specialist with the Great Prairie Area Education Agency, and Mike Smith, high school teacher and adjunct physics instructor at Capital University. Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

    (A free NSTA Membership is available at the NSTA web site.  It gives access to items at a non-member rate and to free items which are often archived items such as Web Seminars.)

    Program Abstract
    Looking for ways to "do STEM" in your science classes? Learn how some teachers are using coding and engineering to have their students model solutions that solve real-world issues – learning that is key for future careers. Veteran science educators, Mike Smith and Tami Plein, will walk through ways that STEM can be incorporated into your science classroom. Both presenters will share their experiences and projects that use STEM to engage students in science topics and processes that follow science standards.

    Link to Archived Web Seminar

  • 01 Jan 2019 8:06 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    How to STEM Up Your Classroom (Archived Webinar)
    This web seminar took place on January 24, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenters were NSTA/NCTM STEM Ambassadors. Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

    (A free NSTA Membership is available at the NSTA web site.  It gives access to items at a non-member rate and to free items  which are often archived items such as Web Seminars.)

    Program abstract:

    How does your district do STEM education?

    The rush to become STEM-ready has left many administrators and teachers scrambling to define STEM and implement effective programs. During this FREE web seminar on January 24, 2019 the 2018 NSTA/NCTM STEM Ambassadors discussed what STEM education means to them.

    These teacher leaders discussed the history of STEM, what is (and what’s not) STEM, what administrators need to know, the role of math in STEM, STEM in the K-6 classroom, and STEM-STEAM-or STREAM?

    STEM Up your Lesson Plans--Plus these teachers shared concrete lesson examples of a modest idea they have “STEMed up” for their classrooms.

    Join us for this free achived webinar and come away with tips and ideas you can use to bring STEM to your school, to strengthen existing programs, and help to shape and develop the content and practices that characterize the STEM disciplines.

    Presenters: Brian LangleyJames BrownK. Renae PullenNathan AuckPatrick HonnerPeg CagleRichard VelascoSunny Mall

    Link to the Archived Web Seminar

  • 01 Dec 2018 9:42 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center


    This report released in November 2018 from the Board on Science Education and the National Academy of Engineering Education, shows that one effective way to help students learn is to engage them in science investigation and engineering design by asking questions, collecting and analyzing data, and using this evidence to better understand the natural and built world. Science investigation and engineering design are heavily emphasized in A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards, which are now guiding the science education of many U.S. students. But this entails a dramatic shift from the traditional classroom dynamic, and teachers will need support and guidance as they implement this approach. The report describes evidence-based ways that teaching and learning can shift toward science investigations and engineering design to help realize this new vision in the classroom. The report provides guidance for teachers, administrators, providers of professional development, and creators of instructional materials on how to support students and teachers as they learn and instruct in this way.

    Sponsors: The Amgen Foundation and The Carnegie Corporation of New York

    Information Link:  https://www.nap.edu/resource/25216/interactive/

  • 09 Nov 2018 7:38 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    Resources for Teachers

    There are over 7 billion reasons to include population studies in your classroom. Whether you need a lesson plan covering a specific topic or a set of activities for Earth Day, we've got you covered.

    Link to Population Education (A Program of Population Connection)

  • 14 Oct 2018 11:30 PM | Darlene Devendorf (Administrator)

    This is a project from Arizona State University and the National Science Foundation that may be of interest to you, especially around the season for Halloween and “spooky science.”

    In honor of bicentennial anniversary of Frankenstein, we created Frankenstein200, a free, interactive blended learning experience that uses Mary Shelley’s classic tale of monsters and mayhem as a way to engage the public around STEM topics and the ethical challenges of emerging technology.

    The experience features an episodic online story game paired with fun, hands-on science activities related to robotics, genetic engineering, and electricity. By teaching a robot how to draw, experimenting with simple machines, or even bringing their own “creature” to life, learners can encounter the same questions Mary Shelley experienced when writing her most famous novel, while developing important 21st century skills of their own related to exploration, discovery, and critical thinking.

    These materials are adaptable to home, in class, or after-school activities and can be scaled to individual, small group, or full classroom-based lessons. We were very excited to have Frankenstein200 featured in School Library Journal and Science Friday and hope you will find these resources useful for your community of students and educators.

     Teachers' Guide 

    The teacher's guide can provide more information about this innovative new project. I’m also happy to answer any questions you might have.

    Bob Beard
    ASU Center for Science and the Imagination

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