Author Archives: Kate Falk

What Makes a Good STEM Trade Book? by Carrie Launius & Christine Anne Royce

This is a question a lot of people are asking. Since 2016 NSTA has published the Best STEM Books a companion piece to the Outstanding Science Trade Books list. While many groups have recommended STEM trade books for children, there … Continue reading

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STEM For All Multiplex Launches by Joni Falk

This new, interactive video platform will enable researchers, educators, and parents to access federally funded innovative programs aimed at improving STEM teaching and learning. TERC is pleased to announce the launch of the STEM for All Multiplex, funded by the … Continue reading

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NSTA Legislative Update: Congress Passes Funding for FY20 Federal Programs by Jodi Peterson

Prior to adjourning for the holidays Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the spending bill that funds the government for the remainder of fiscal 2020. The bill largely rejects the Trump administration’s proposal to cut approximately $7 billion … Continue reading

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How PLCs Helped Move Us Toward Equitable High School Assessment Practices by Holly Hereau

My colleagues and I began using units intentionally designed for the NGSS for biology in early 2017. We started with a high-quality unit evaluated by my colleagues on the Science Peer Review Panel, and eventually used a full program from … Continue reading

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PLNs + High-Quality Units = NGSS Success by David Grossman

In June 2013, Kentucky’s Board of Education officially adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which not only set a new course for science education in Kentucky, but also started me on a new professional journey. As the newly-minted science … Continue reading

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Improving Elementary Science Programs Through Professional Learning Communities by Edel Maeder

“I’m not good at science.” It’s a declaration that far too many students have made in classrooms. Their beliefs are often based on lack of exposure to science, not their true potential to do science. So how do we change … Continue reading

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Bring STEM Practices Into the Secondary Classroom by Juan-Carlos Aguilar, Anne Petersen, Megan Schrauben

STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—is discussed in the news, politics, and education journals, yet what does it really mean for classrooms? The Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) works to support secondary science in various ways, including through the efforts … Continue reading

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Identifying and Implementing Instructional Materials in Middle School by Michael Heinz, Erin Michael Escher, Ellen Ebert

Identifying and implementing science instructional materials that equitably engage students in active learning of science concepts, practices, sensemaking, problem-solving, and decision-making can be overwhelming for schools. The Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) works to support science educators in various … Continue reading

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Ensuring All Elementary Students Have Access to Science Learning by Kathy Renfrew and Amber McCulloch

Ensuring all students have access to science learning is part of the vision in A Framework for K–12 Science Education. Yet in many elementary schools, teachers have little time for science. This is such a disservice, as engaging in the … Continue reading

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NSTA Legislative Update: House Passes HEA Rewrite by Jodi Peterson

Late last month the House Education and Labor Committee passed H.R. 4674, the Democratic bill to revise the Higher Education Act (HEA). The bill, titled the College Affordability Act, passed on a party-line vote of 28 ­to 22, with all … Continue reading

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