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The Maker Movement for All Learners

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All students can benefit from the Maker Mindset, which encourages students to believe they can learn to do anything. The Maker Movement is a resurgence of creating and making things by people of all ages and backgrounds. Learning through “making” can happen across a range of contexts and curricular areas and can be leveraged for […]

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The best education resources of 2016 just announced






This week, the Association of American Publishers PreK–12 Learning Group announced the year’s top learning resources, its 50th year of providing this service to the education community. The 2016 REVERE Awards Finalists include resources from PreK to 12, from print to electronic, and from classroom to “beyond.” Among the impressive and diverse list of Finalists […]

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NSTA Legislative Update: Teacher Appreciation Week, ESSA, and More






There has been a good deal of activity at the Department of Education with the ESSA and on Capitol Hill recently. But first, a shameless plug—mark your calendars now to join NSELA (National Science Education Leadership Association) and NSTA for a joint webinar on the new federal education law–The Every Student Succeeds Act– on Wednesday, […]

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Meeting with others about early childhood STEM education–at a conference, at the White House






The powerful learning that comes of getting together with others who are interested in the same topic can lead to action that increases opportunities for all children to engage in science and engineering explorations. Let’s not leave out using technology and mathematics since these areas of learning are so intertwined with the S and E […]

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Here’s Why You Should Attend the 2016 STEM Forum and Expo

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As Chair of the 5th Annual STEM Forum & Expo, I invite STEM educators to join me and NSTA in Denver, Colorado from July 27-29, 2016, for a unique PD event that brings together many of the top STEM organizations and makes the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) a priority in today’s […]

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Exemplary science teaching leads to better assessment of student learning






Too often science teachers focus on the information included in textbooks and a specific curriculum. But these resources do not include Exemplary Science Teaching. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) continue to focus on conventional ideas and reforms, as well as the Big Ideas. Too little has been focused on strengthening pedagogy and how it […]

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NSTA on the International Scene






With the upcoming Global Conversations in Science Education at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Omni Hotel, I am looking forward to reconnecting with the leaders of the Association of Science Education (ASE). I was fortunate to represent NSTA at the ASE Annual Conference held in January at […]

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NSTA Legislative Update on FY2017 Funding, ESSA and More

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There has been a lot of activity on Capitol Hill with FY2017 appropriations, the new federal education law ESSA, and at the Department of Education. The Race is on for FY2017 Appropriations It’s not clear where and if the political winds will be blowing (and if they will knock out the regular appropriations process for […]

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8 Sessions at #NSTA16 Nashville That a Maker Can’t Miss

8 Sessions at #NSTA16 Nashville That a Maker Can’t Miss






The maker movement will be strong at #NSTA16 this spring. At NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education, taking place in Nashville, March 31–April 3, DIY science teachers will be showing off their best strategies for getting students into building and learning from models, robots, and more. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and dig […]

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10 STEM Education Tools to Take Home from Nashville

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 […]

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