Ed News: Want More Girls In Science Fields? Check The Images On Your Classroom Walls

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This week in education news, new study finds the older students get, the more their image of a “scientist” comes into line with that stereotypical view; new federal appropriation bill pours money into school safety program and early childhood education; ASEE releases statement in support of STEM diversity research; and new study finds that only certain financial incentives make a difference in recruiting more diverse teachers to the profession.

Beyond ABCs: Can School Give Kids A Lifelong Love Of Learning?

The third- and fourth-graders at Elm City College Prep, clad in protective goggles and facemasks, studied their preserved frogs with the seriousness of med students facing their first cadaver. They had practiced the dissecting procedure in an online interactive, and now they were ready to raise real scalpels and get a look at the frogs’ insides. Read the article featured in The Hechinger Report.

Want More Girls In Science Fields? Check The Images On Your Classroom Walls

Pop “scientist” into an image search and you’re likely to see people in goggles and white coats, swirling liquids in Erlenmyer flasks or peering into microscopes. A new study finds the older students get, the more their image of a “scientist” comes into line with that stereotypical view. Read the article featured in Education Week.

Crazy Contraptions, Chemistry Cat, And Climbing Stories: How This Colorado Science Teacher Connects With Kids

Wachowski is one of 20 educators who were selected to serve on the state Commissioner’s Teacher Cabinet. The group provides input to officials at the Colorado Department of Education. She talked to Chalkbeat about how she uses parent conferences and classwork to learn students’ stories, why making Rube Goldberg contraptions boosts kids’ confidence, and what happens when she raises her hand in the middle of class. Read the article featured in Chalkbeat.

New Federal Funding Bill Pours Money Into School Safety & Early Education, With Smaller Bumps for Charters & Other Dept. Programs

School safety programs saw big boosts in the latest federal appropriations bill that also proposed increases in early childhood education spending along with smaller bumps for marquee K-12 programs. The House Appropriations Committee in a press release touted $2.3 billion in increases for school safety, with funds coming through programs at the Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services departments. Read the article featured in The 74.

Engineers Declare Support For STEM Diversity Research

The American Society for Engineering Education published a statement in support of scholarly research on diversity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering and math education. Read the article featured in Inside Higher Ed.

Can Money Help Attract More Diverse Teachers? Only Sometimes, Analysis Finds

What works—and what doesn’t work—to attract nonwhite candidates into the teaching profession? School district leaders and state education chiefs have been trying to figure this out for years now, especially because research shows that having a teacher from similar demographic backgrounds has social and academic benefits for students, most of whom are nonwhite. A new analysis from the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution found that when it comes to financial incentives, only certain ones make a difference in recruiting more diverse teachers to the profession. Read the article featured in Education Week.

Stay tuned for next week’s top education news stories.

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  1. Belindah Berry
    Posted March 28, 2018 at 8:58 am | Permalink

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