Author Archives: Jodi Peterson, Assistant Executive Director, Communication, Legislative & Public Affairs

NSTA Legislative Update: HEA, Budgets, and Taxes

House Education and Workforce Chair Virginia Fox introduced a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) last week, and her committee will be meeting to mark up the bill on Tuesday, December 12. H.R. 4508 (115), the “Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity though Education Reform (PROSPER) Act,” would change how students apply for […]

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Ed News: TFA, Alternative Programs Marginally Better Than Traditional Teacher Prep

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This week in education news, study finds that alternative teacher preparation programs are slightly better than traditional programs; Idaho education leaders are working with a consulting firm to gather data and feedback about testing; Colorado unveils plan to tackle teacher shortage; efforts to reduce standardized testing succeeded in many school districts in 2017; according to […]

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Ed News: Review Of New Academic Standards Begins

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This week in education news, North Dakota’s superintendent is requesting teachers to review new academic standards; California teachers find new science standards fun, but expensive; four New York students injured in a chemistry experiment gone wrong; several Wisconsin school districts are trying a new method of evaluating what students learn; Veteran astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris […]

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Ed News: Attracting, Retaining Qualified & Diverse Faculty Is A Prerequisite To Building The Field

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This week in education news, Girls Scouts launch $70 Million STEM initiative; new study reveals that some Latinos believe science education may have a negative impact on the religious faith of their children; the more education that Democrats and Republicans have, the more their beliefs in climate change diverge; Nevada may add math and science […]

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Ed News: Are Science Fairs Worth All That Trouble?

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This week in education news, a team of researchers is now analyzing whether science fairs help to improve student achievement or interest in science; Best Buy pledges $30 million to dramatically expand its Teen Tech Centers; K-12 students in 30 Long Island school districts are learning to code; teachers would lose $250 deduction for classroom […]

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Ed News: Educators Are More Stressed At Work Than Average People, Survey Finds

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This week in education news, California colleges to decrease time to become a math teacher; a new survey finds that educators are feeling more stressed, disrespected and less excited about their jobs; two new RAND Corporation reports emphasize the role of out-of-school time programs in contributing to students’ academic success; NAEP transitions to an online […]

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Ed News: Where Will STEM Education Be In 5 Years?

This week in education news, by 2018, it is projected that 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled; money is not the most important thing to teachers; policymakers and educational organizations are increasingly investing resources in building out the STEM graduate to industry pathway; New Mexico to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards in their […]

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Ed News: Educators Want To Rethink The Way Students Learn Science

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This week in education news, researchers and teachers want to change the way students learn science; Californians strongly support expanding science and computer education beginning at the primary level; teachers are finding creative ways to use robots in class; New Mexico’s Public Education Department drops some of the proposed changes to state science standards; Lego […]

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Ed News: Educators Gain Valuable Tech Experience Through Industry Certifications

This week in education news, early exposure to robotics helps break gender stereotypes; the next generation of science education means more doing; dance programs help students develop skills such as creativity and persistence that benefit them in the classroom and beyond; Iowa employers are having trouble filling high-tech jobs with below-average STEM pay; a new […]

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Ed News: A New Normal in STEM Teaching?

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This week in education news, top White House science adviser job still vacant; U.S. Department of Education awards $253 million in grants to expand charter schools; flipped learning still going strong 10 years later; Education Week conducted a preliminary review of states’ ESSA plans and finds a wide variation on a range of key requirements […]

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