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

Legislative Update: Key Midterm Election Results & What’s Ahead for Education and Science

As widely reported, the Democrats won the majority of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives which means some key changes ahead. Education: House committee leadership positions will switch over at the start of the 116th Congress on January 3. It is widely expected that Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), a 13-term congressman and the ranking […]

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Ed News: STEM: What’s Holding Females Back?

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This week in education news, Amazon announces new Amazon Future Engineer initiative; research project at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is exploring the use of flipped teaching in STEM courses; NASBE implores states to focus on the lowest-performing students in ESSA plans; music matters to STEM students; 2016 National Teacher of the Year elected to the […]

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Supporting Students With Disabilities in STEM

Jason, is this big enough?” My seventh-grade teacher asked me about the text on the whiteboard, in front of the entire class. Much to my horror, she continued to ask this repeatedly for what felt like the rest of the year. As a middle school student who had suddenly become aware of pretty girls and […]

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Ed News: In America’s Science Classroom, The Creep Of Climate Skepticism

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This week in education news, fewer foreign students are choosing to study at U.S. universities; Alaska school district grows fresh food for school lunch program and supports local employment; Missouri Governor signs STEM education and computer science bill; to become readers, kids need to learn how the words they know how to say connect to […]

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Legislative Update: Education and the November Election, What You Need to Know

It’s trick or treat time, and I’m not talking Halloween.  This important election will happen in 8 days and NSTA will still be working on your behalf in 8+1 days.  The most important thing for you to do is to vote. We need to make sure teachers’ voices are heard. Here are some good sites and […]

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Ed News: Why Students Should Read Scientific Literature

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This week in education news, across the board teachers feel disrespected; University of Utah professors and local teachers are developing high school curriculum about opioids; Arizona State Board of Education approved revised science standards; new study finds 55 percent of university STEM classroom interactions consist mostly of conventional lecturing; Nintendo is giving elementary school students […]

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Girls in STEM

Walk into the average STEM workspace and you may find random scribbled notes, models and figures, the occasional pen missing a cap, and a variety of tools specific to STEM work. Beyond the desks, the hum of electronics, and an exorbitant amount of plaid button-downs, you’ll sense an air of excitement and passion. Looking amongst […]

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Ed News: Betsy DeVos Steers Federal Grant For Innovation To STEM Programs

This week in education news, 11 of the 18 Education Innovation and Research grant recipients have programs focused on helping schools improve STEM instruction; there are 389,000 fewer teachers in the K-12 workforce new report finds; the job of a teacher is to help students apply content in meaningful ways to their lives; teacher evaluations […]

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Ignite The Spark of Curious Minds

With hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, I found myself in the Johnson Ice Rink on the MIT campus. I was there to be a mentor for the, IBM and other companies sponsored, 2018 HackMIT event. I was looking at more than 1,000 hackers from different schools around the globe that were actively brainstorming […]

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Legislative Update: Congress Passes FY2019 Education Spending Package

Congress has passed an appropriations bill for the FY2019 Department of Education and other education and labor programs and President Trump signed the bill on September 28, averting a government shutdown that would have occurred on midnight, September 30. The bill provides funding for key domestic and military programs and will allow educators to start […]

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