Author Archives: Kate Falk

Go Green This Spring, Apply for a Green Ribbon School Award by Jim Elder

Is your school a green school? Is it doing amazing work in reducing environmental impacts, such as waste, water, energy, and transportation? Does your school work to improve the health and wellness of students and faculty with coordinated school health … Continue reading

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NSTA Legislative Update: President Releases Education Budget for FY21 Programs by Jodi Peterson

The Trump Administration released its education budget for FY2021 last week, and it was immediately and rounded criticized by education advocates and denounced by Democratic lawmakers. The president is proposing a 7.8 percent cut to U.S. Department of Education programs. … Continue reading

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Enhancing STEM in PreK-3 Education by Kevin Anderson

In September of 2019, Education Commission of the States (ECS) brought together a group of experts in early childhood and/or STEM education to discuss policies and actions a state might implement to support STEM programming for preschool through third grade. … Continue reading

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Achieving Equity Through Assessments by Laura Littrell and Kevin Williams

Our school requires all students to take chemistry. We teach all levels, ranging from Collaborative/Inclusive Chemistry to Honors and AP Chemistry. All of our classes have students who speak different languages, as well as students with a range of social … Continue reading

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NGSS: Planning for Science Success for All Students by Hallie Booth

Creating an Environment for All Students to Show Their Understanding Much discussion has focused on how the NGSS (and other state standards based on the Framework and NGSS) make science accessible to all students. I believe all students can be … Continue reading

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Using Senses in Nature to Experience Equity by Julia Deevers-Rich

In one of my favorite lessons, I take my kindergarten students outside to explore the schoolyard. Though I take my students outdoors throughout the year, I do this lesson at the beginning of the year because it’s an opportunity to … Continue reading

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Why Teach Evolution? by Beth Allan

Why teach evolution? Evolution isn’t just a unifying concept that connects elements of the natural world: It’s also the link among science, our students, and their world. Why is that important? Evolution can be used as a “hook,” a way … Continue reading

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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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