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Ed News: Igniting Students’ STEM Interest Begins With Education Their Teachers

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This week in education news, Missouri Senate passes STEM awareness legislation; NSF awards 5 diversity grants under its new INCLUDES initiative; U.S. Congress pledges $71.5 billion in education funding for fiscal 2019; new framework developed to help define high-quality project-based learning; Arizona program instructs teachers on how to bring more engaging STEM lessons into their […]

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Legislative Update: Can Schools Use Federal Funds for Guns and Firearms Training?

A huge controversy over whether districts and states can use funds from the new federal education law to purchase guns and pay for firearms training is still ongoing, weeks after the issue first surfaced in an article published in the New York Times.  Earlier this summer two states asked the Department of Education if it […]

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3D classroom – with 3D!

How can you use 3D printers in your science classroom? — S., Alabama   Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects are the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about using 3D printers. You could have students design and fabricate parts for robots and other projects. There are many websites that […]

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Summer PD for Teachers in National Parks

“I [couldn’t] believe I was getting paid for this,” says Eric Riemer, fourth- and fifth-grade science teacher at Park City Elementary School in Park City, Kentucky, of his experience this past summer as a National Park Service (NPS) Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT). 

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Ed News: Summer Programs Increase STEM Learning Opportunities For Visually Impaired Students

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This week in education news, there is a math and science teacher shortage in Rhode Island; new report finds that most states’ requirements for license renewal, prioritize accumulating credit hours, rather than sustained, targeted professional learning; advancements in assistive tech and interactions with industry professionals help students with blindness pursue interests in STEM fields; recent […]

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StEMT: A New Process for Designing Meaningful STEM Lessons

A simple, practical, and methodological process for elementary and middle school teachers to implement meaningful STEM activities in the classroom that are not labor intensive, can be used with existing lessons, correlate with “A Framework for K-12 Science Education,” and are much more than just a “cool” project. This is what veteran science educators Drs. […]

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There’s More to Math than Drills

  “As a teacher it frustrates me when drilling is proposed as the remedy to society’s mathematical struggles.” —Patrick Honner, Math Teacher and 2018 NSTA/NCTM STEM Teacher Ambassador   I like practicing. I’m weird that way. When I was really into guitar, I looked forward to my daily regimen of chromatic scales. I liked playing pentatonic […]

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Ed News: California Close To Adoption Of New Curriculum For NGSS

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This week in education news, LeBron James opens public school in Ohio; Craigslist founder donates $1 million to fund STEM projects on Donors Choose; California close to adoption on new curriculum for NGSS; STEM education has a math anxiety problem; the 2016 National Teacher of the Year won the Democratic primary for an open U.S. […]

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Ed News: New Girl Scout STEM Badges & Back-to-School Spending Hits $82 Billion

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This week in education news, the Girl Scouts have added 30 new badges in STEM to encourage more female involvement; back-to-school spending will hit $82.8 billion for K-12 and college combined, and more teachers are digging into their wallets; and meet astrophysicist – and NSTA President-elect—Dennis Schatz. Girl Scouts Launch New STEM Badges The Girl […]

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Ed News: K12 Educator Externships Provide Practical STEM Experiences

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This week in education news, maker spaces help teach students to redesign their worlds; educator externships provide hands-on authenticity that better informs instruction and boosts teacher confidence; teachers wish they had more opportunities to further their careers while remaining in the classroom; across the country, most teachers don’t receive enough money to equip their classrooms […]

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