Author Archives: The Communication, Legislative & Public Affairs (CLPA) Team

Ed News: Project-Based Learning Boosts Student Engagement, Understanding

This week in education news, the last decade has seen widespread degree inflation; NCSE has developed a series of five climate change lessons for science teachers; new Florida bill requires schools to place a stronger emphasis on vocational and technical training and apprenticeships; Colorado lawmakers consider new education bills that are directed toward attracting and […]

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Ed News: Teach STEM Using Laughter, Creative Techniques

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This week in education news, in several states, retired teachers and other state workers haven’t gotten a cost-of-living adjustment to their pension checks in years; Bill Nye’s new podcast—Science Rules—to launch May 16; U.S. 8th-graders are getting better at applying their knowledge of technology and engineering to real-world challenges; NMSI unveiled new STEM Opportunity Index; […]

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Legislative Update: Appropriators Provide Boost for Federal Education Programs

ESSA Title IVA and Title II See Increases for FY2020 Programs Earlier this week the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee for Education met to mark up their FY2020 annual spending bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The Democratic-controlled subcommittee ignored the Administration’s proposals to eliminate key programs  (ESSA Title IVA, Student Support […]

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Why I Am Voting YES for Science Teaching

I am an elementary teacher, not a science teacher. I teach everything from shoelace tying to technology. When I began teaching, my science content knowledge was at a minimal and when I taught science I tiptoed around it as if I were Indiana Jones navigating through the Temple of Doom. I feared and avoided any […]

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Ed News: Teachers Are Paid Less Than Similar Professionals

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This week in education news, more than 80% of parents in the U.S. support the teaching of climate change; new study provides a window into teachers’ beliefs about grading; Congresswomen Dingell and Brownley introduced legislation to promote education programs focused on climate to improve the public’s understanding of changes; new survey finds that over a […]

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Ed News: Art Can Make Science Easier to Remember

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This week in education news, new California bill could ban animal dissection from schools; using art in science class helped students retain what they learned longer; educators more likely to strike in lowest-paid districts and states; Wyoming State Board of Education reconsidering draft computer science standards; new science tests are rolling out across the country, […]

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Ed News: Here’s The Math That Proves Teachers Are Underpaid

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This week in education news, math that proves teachers are underpaid; how 29 year old Katie Bouman helped to capture the image of a black hole; and how STEM may help you to win next year’s March Madness bracket. That Image Of A Black Hole You Saw Everywhere? Thank This Grad Student for Making It […]

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Ed News: The Evolution of U.S. Teacher Salaries in the 21st Century

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This week in education news, a look at the variation in teacher pay between the states, a new Lego set for middle schoolers that incorporates coding, and challenges ahead with the California test based on new science standards. The Evolution of U.S. Teacher Salaries in the 21st Century The average teacher salary in the United […]

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NSTA Conferences: Professional Learning and So Much More

Editor’s Note:  In this blog series commemorating NSTA’s 75th Anniversary we take a look to the past with an eye to the future. Can you imagine attending an NSTA convention over Thanksgiving weekend?! Indeed, that was the timing of NSTA’s first regional meetings (in conjunction with NEA and AAAS), in 1944.      However, NSTA’s first “independent” National Convention […]

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Ed News: Should Teachers Choose Their Own PD?

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This week in education news, new study finds novice teachers are more likely to end up in schools with fewer veteran co-workers; Wyoming Ed Board disagrees on the direction of the state’s proposed computer science standards; students see more success in K-12 when they tackle STEM concepts in early grades; district leaders say choice in […]

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