Science Teachers Respond to PCAST Report

By on November 17, 2010 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)Photo teachers exploring states of matter during a Teacher Training Workshop conducted by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowskireleased its report on K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The report included several recommendations. NSTA asked its members to respond to the PCAST recommendations. Here’s a couple key concerns the teachers had with the PCAST recommendations: Train us First, more important than recognition of the top 5% of STEM teachers is training. If you want STEM Master Teachers, then you need to train them with content, as well as pedagogical, professional development. Don’t Overlook “Diamonds in the Rough,” money is needed to educate current teachers and to encourage well-trained new teachers. Check out the PCAST report in NSTA reportsĀ here as well as what science teachers are saying about the PCAST report.