President Obama discussed a range of topics concerning the present and future state of U.S. schools and education with Matt Lauer during the Today Show Sept. 27, 2010. President Obama stated that “money without reform will not fix the problem.” He defended his administration’s Race to the Top fund which has been criticized widely for putting states in competition for federal funding. Obama called Race to the Top fund a catalyst which has resulted in 32 states changing their laws to foster higher education standards, more accountability and teacher training. Obama spent time discussing Guggenheim’s documentary film Waiting for Superman which focuses on inequalities in school systems. “My administration is announcing that we are going to specifically focus on training 10,000 new math and science teachers , we have to boost performances in those areas” Obama said. A $5 billion expansion of the Educate to Innovate Initiative to improve education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will be used in providing teacher training for new math and science teachers.
Archive for September, 2010
You can sense a slight change in the seasons in Florida during this time of year, and the teacher training workshop I presented as a featured speaker at the Daytona/ Flagler County Early Learning Coalition Discovering The Joy Conference Young Nature Explorers could not have been timed better. Approximately 45 early childhood teachers were actively engaged in exploring age-appropriate early childhood science concepts. Additionally, teachers were introduced to connecting mathematical concepts, and children’s literature as they explore outdoor and life science concepts with their early childhood students. During the teacher training workshop teachers used eye loupes and simple microscopes to explore a wide-array of specimens from nature including: leaves, seeds, rocks, animal coverings, and more. Additionally, teachers observed and touched live garden snails, earthworms, and pill bugs. Teachers also were asked to draw pictures of what they observed throughout the teacher training workshop. As the session ended teachers were invited to bring the snails, earthworms, and pill bugs back to their classrooms to share with their students. Teachers left the session motivated, energized, and ready to teach their early childhood students about nature using their schoolyard as a classroom. Another great session and group of dedicated teachers. For further reading on sharing nature with children check out the following books. All the books listed can be ordered from Amazon via this site at no extra charge.