Archive for October, 2010


A New Report Says Designing National STEM Standards Might Be Difficult

on October 28, 2010 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Comments Off on A New Report Says Designing National STEM Standards Might Be Difficult

eSchoolNews(10/27 Zwang) reports,  To ensure U.S. competition in a global economy which revolves around implementing stronger STEM education in K-12 classrooms. Some Photo teacher and students building structures during STEM training by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski.policy makers are addressing whether it makes sense to include engineering standards for K-12 education. “However designing a national set of standards for K-12 engineering education may be difficult, according to a new study from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).”  Educators are still undecided as to whether establishing national K-12 engineering standards is a feasible option or not. Massachusetts as had K-12 engineering standards since 2001. Elizabeth McGrath, executive director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE), ” said that while developing national standards is not a simple process, it can be accomplished.” One approach McGrath suggests is to “encourage the infusion of engineering education into core courses at the k-12 level, to include science, math, and even language arts and art classes.” With this approach students will see the practical application of science and mathematics in real-world situations through hands-on-minds-on learning.

Professional Development Literature and Resources Compiled by the 2009-2010 NSTA Professional Development Committee

on October 25, 2010 in Teacher Training Workshops Comments Off on Professional Development Literature and Resources Compiled by the 2009-2010 NSTA Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Literature and Resources Compiled by the 2009-2010 NSTA Professional Development Committee found that nearly half of all U.S. teachers arePhoto professional staff development science teacher training by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski. dissatisfied with their opportunities for professional staff development. The report is useful for those developing or evaluating teacher professional development. The report supports a new paradigm for teacher professional learning that is transformative and collaborative. The report is divided into 3 sections. A key finding of the research under Effective Teacher Development: What Does the Research Show?  Found that professional development should be intensive, ongoing, and connected to practice. Unfortunately, this is not often the case. Professional staff development teacher training opportunities are often one shot, short-term workshops that are often disconnected, and with major budget cuts in education offering quality, long-term professional staff development teacher training opportunities are a rare find. Read the full report from NSTA here.

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