Author Archives: Kate Falk

Ed News: How to Engage All Students in STEM

This week in education news, CTE pathways prepare students for the rigors of STEM careers by giving them foundational skills and allowing for a broader interpretation of STEM; new report finds that 32% of teachers with one year or less … Continue reading

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Ed News: What Does ‘Career Readiness’ Look Like in Middle School?

This week in education news, California schools preparing to ramp up course offerings and equip teachers to lead computer science courses; teaching students together and having them help one another learn may have more benefit to them and society than … Continue reading

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Ed News: What Are the Blind Spots in Teacher PD?

This week in education news, NEA sees small increase in membership; effective grading practices, classroom technology, and social-emotional competencies among blind spots in teacher professional development; new study finds that 61% of high schools in California do not offer computer … Continue reading

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Legislative Update: Education Appropriations for FY2020

Guest blog post by Jodi Peterson, Assistant Executive Director of Communication, Legislative & Public Affairs, NSTA Education Appropriations Part of Four-Bill “Minibus” Being Considered by U.S. House of Representatives Members of Congress are currently working through a slew of amendments … Continue reading

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Ed News: Teacher Attrition Demands New Approaches to Leadership, Preparation

This week in education news, educators in Indiana have a hard time finding quality resources that focus on climate change; new study finds that the differences in summer learning between poor and wealthy students may not affect long-term achievement gaps; … Continue reading

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How NSTA Expanded My Small Town World

Guest blog post by Pam Devers I grew up as the typical “small town girl living in a small town world” (Journey).  In the eighth grade my mind was set that I was going to be a science teacher and … Continue reading

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Ed News: How Can We Get More Highly Effective Teachers to Serve as Mentors?

This week in education news, state school board committee approved new science standards for Utah public school students; states are beginning to integrate CTE and STEM-related courses into high school graduation requirements; despite evidence suggesting that high-quality instructional materials increase … Continue reading

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Ed News: Project-Based Learning Boosts Student Engagement, Understanding

This week in education news, the last decade has seen widespread degree inflation; NCSE has developed a series of five climate change lessons for science teachers; new Florida bill requires schools to place a stronger emphasis on vocational and technical … Continue reading

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Ed News: Teach STEM Using Laughter, Creative Techniques

This week in education news, in several states, retired teachers and other state workers haven’t gotten a cost-of-living adjustment to their pension checks in years; Bill Nye’s new podcast—Science Rules—to launch May 16; U.S. 8th-graders are getting better at applying … Continue reading

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Legislative Update: Appropriators Provide Boost for Federal Education Programs

ESSA Title IVA and Title II See Increases for FY2020 Programs Earlier this week the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee for Education met to mark up their FY2020 annual spending bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The … Continue reading

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