Tag Archives: STEM education

Ed News: Idaho Legislators Strip Climate Change Language

News Roundup banner






This week in education news, Idaho legislators remove climate change language from new state science standards, California renews push to promote environmental education in public schools, three global indexes show that America’s public schools are doing something right, and Intel dropped its sponsorship of the International Science and Engineering Fair. Idaho Legislators Strip Climate Change Language […]

Posted in Education News Roundup | Also tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Most Profound News of Valentine’s Day 2017

NSTA Executive Director David Evans






This Valentine’s Day, while most media attention was focused on the dismissal of the National Security Advisor, The New York Times ran a story that received much less media attention, but has far greater potential impact on our nation’s future. Amy Harmon reported in the article, Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support, about a just-released study by […]

Posted in NSTA Reports | Also tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ed News: Scientists Take on New Roles in K–12 Classrooms

News Roundup banner






This week in education news, scientists take on new roles in K–12 classrooms, the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, a new report finds California teacher shortages have led to ‘severe consequences’, the U.S. House voted to overturn ESSA accountability, and a bill to boost STEM education advances in New Mexico. Scientists Take on […]

Posted in Education News Roundup | Also tagged , , , | 1 Response

Legislative Update: Senate Confirmation Vote for DeVos Scheduled for Jan 31






Following a contentious confirmation hearing for Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos that evoked images of guns and grizzlies and showcased a lack of understanding of key education issues, the Senate HELP Committee postponed its planned confirmation vote on her nomination until Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. after Democrats said they didn’t have enough time […]

Posted in Legislative Update | Also tagged , , , , , | 2 Responses

10 STEM Education Tools to Take Home from Nashville






Implementing a quality STEM education program requires creative approaches. But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. At NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education, taking place in Nashville, March 31–April 3, you can find and take home some great STEM Ed tools for use in your classroom and schools. Challenge your students to become CSIs […]

Posted in Conferences | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Engineering Habits of Mind” Empower Performance: Featured Presentation at #NSTA16 Nashville






Not long ago, engineering was an academic subject mainly reserved for college students. But as states put new science standards in place, many elementary teachers face the expectation that students must learn engineering concepts and skills starting as early as kindergarten. Can you really teach engineering to very young students? I’ve been working in the […]

Posted in Conferences | Also tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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 […]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards, NSTA Learning Center | Also tagged , , , , , | 1 Response

The STEM in Kitchen Appliances






We just returned from a visit to Le Cordon Bleu School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where our older son is considering getting a culinary arts certificate after his high school graduation in (gasp!) June. We took a tour of their many kitchens, and I was impressed by the size of the mixers in the baking kitchen. […]

Posted in The STEM Classroom | Tagged | Leave a comment

Will STEM Education Be the Child Left Behind? NSTA Legislative Update






Last week in the Senate, Senators Franken and Kirk circulated a Dear Colleague letter addressed to the ESEA conference leaders, asking them to include the Senate language they introduced (and was passed) in the Senate bill that includes targeted funding for STEM education. As of Friday, October 30, 2015, the letter was signed by 16 […]

Posted in Legislative Update | Also tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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 […]

Posted in NSTA Learning Center | Also tagged | 4 Responses