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IamElemental Action Figures For Girls

on March 12, 2015 in Uncategorized Comments Off on IamElemental Action Figures For Girls

I conduct STEM and Science teacher training workshops for teachers of all grade-levels, and for educators in informal learning environments. I’m iamelementalalways looking for new quality products to bring to my trainings. I came across the IamElemental action figures for girls while I was conducting research for a new youth librarian training workshop I developed “The Science of Super Heroes” to connect with the 2015 national Summer Collaborative Reading Progam “Every Hero Has A Story”. The IamElemental action figures are a great product geared towards girls. The seven female action figures represent 7 aspects of courage: Bravery, Energy, Honesty, Industry, Enthusiasm, Persistence, and Fear. These are real super hero powers that are among us in the “real-world”. I see the IamElemental action figures as a great addition to the science and STEM classroom, at home toy collection, and beyond. Looking forward to introducing teachers to these innovative and thought-provoking female action figure toys with real super hero powers. For more information about the science and STEM teacher training workshops I offer nationwide check out the teacher training page on this site, and/or complete the contact form.

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President Obama Unveils His 2012 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education

on February 25, 2011 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, Uncategorized Comments Off on President Obama Unveils His 2012 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education

President Obama proposes to eliminate the $180 million D.O.E. Math and Science Partnerships and instead fund a $206 million Effective Teaching and Learning: Science, Technology,photo STEM teacher training by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program. The program would provide competitive grants to state education agencies and partners to improve the teaching and learning of STEM subjects, especially in high-need schools. The funds could be used to (1) provide professional development for STEM teachers; (2) implement high-quality curricula, assessments, and instructional materials; and (3) create or improve systems for linking student data on assessments with instructional supports. Priority for the funds would be given to states that have already adopted and are implementing a set of high-quality K-12 mathematics college- and career-ready standards. Other key requests for FY 2012 D.O.E. programs include:

  • $900 million for the Race to the Top program.
  • $3.25 billion for the new Excellent Instructional Teams programs, which would help States and local educational agencies promote and enhance the education profession and improve teacher and and principal effectiveness.
  • $63 million for the Fund for the Improvement of Education: Programs of National Significance¬† to support nationally significant projects to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education.
  • $372 million for the new Expanding Educational Options program to start or expand high-performing autonomous schools, including charter schools.

For more information on the Department of Education budget go to http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget12/index.html

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