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Are You Planning Schoolwide or Community-Wide Programs for the August 2017 Solar Eclipse






Andrew Fraknoi and I, co-authors of the new NSTA Press book Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses and More, want to learn more about what teachers plan to do for the August 21, 2017, eclipse. We are specifically interested in learning about teachers who plan to encourage their students to provide programming (e.g. showing safe observing […]

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Science Teachers “Speak Up” About Technology in the Classroom






Science teachers are savvy users of instructional technology. They use a multitude of digital resources to help students explore and learn, to differentiate instruction, support collaborative classroom projects, and develop formative assessments. Science teachers also use technology (a lot) and rely on the Internet and webinars to help them increase their content knowledge, prepare for […]

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Attend a conference, virtually






I remember the first time I attended a professional association conference when I was a child care provider beginning my career and was thrilled to be among so many educators who were passionate about improving themselves professionally. If you can’t attend a conference in person, a virtual conference may meet some of your needs for […]

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Looking for free resources and finding many worthy webinars and articles






It is always a thrill to meet the authors who have written the articles in Science and Children that I’ve found so helpful, and useful enough to share. At the Elementary Extravaganza event at the 2016 NSTA national conference in Nashville I met Joseph Robinson, author of “How We Know What We Know: Cultivating scientific […]

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Teacher Professional Learning: Transforming Teacher Practice






Several weeks ago the National Academies on Science (NAS) released a report that the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) believes should be required reading for every school administrator. Science Teachers’ Learning: Enhancing Opportunities, Creating Supportive Contexts focuses on enhancing teacher practice through professional learning situated within the context of their schools and districts. The report […]

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Teacher Professional Learning: Transforming Teacher Practice






I encourage STEM educators (and administrators) across the U.S. to read and understand Science Teachers’ Learning: Enhancing Opportunities, Creating Supportive Contexts, a terrific report just released by the National Academies of Science (NAS), Engineering and Medicine. The National Academy report illuminates practical recommendations and lays out the supportive environment and professional learning experiences teachers need […]

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3 Key Ingredients for Successful STEM Implementation: Trust, Collaboration, and Innovative Thinking






A recent Education Week blog post entitled “STEM Reforms in Needy Schools Eroded Quickly” painted a disappointing picture of STEM education reform. In this post, part 2 of a 2-part series* from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Adaliz Gonzalez (the Citywide Instructional Lead for Middle School Science in the Department of STEM at the […]

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Successful STEM Reform: Leadership Is Key






A recent Education Week blog post entitled “STEM Reforms in Needy Schools Eroded Quickly” painted a disappointing picture of STEM education reform. In this post, part 1 of a 2-part series* from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Dr. Cary Sneider (Associate Research Professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon) responds. Schools have a […]

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Transforming Teaching at the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy






What happens when you bring together 150 third- through fifth-grade teachers from around the country for a week of the highest quality professional development around STEM? I found out last week at the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy (MEMTA) in Jersey City, where a major shift in mindset rippled out across all 50 states, expanding […]

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STEM Today for a Better Tomorrow: Coming to You, Virtually, April 25






The next NSTA virtual conference (STEM Today For a Better Tomorrow) is happening Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET. Participants will follow one of three strands (Elementary, Secondary, or Administrator)—or mix and match sessions if they prefer—and do the following: Learn from STEM educators who are implementing STEM programs and activities […]

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