Author Archives: Kate Falk

NSTA Legislative Update: $13.2B in Emergency Money for K–12 Schools Now Available by Jodi Peterson

On April 23 Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that more than $13.2 billion in emergency relief funds are now available to states and districts to support K–12 students whose educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus. The money is part … Continue reading

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NSTA Legislative Update: Education Funding under the CARES Act by Jodi Peterson

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act As has been widely reported, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will provide about $30.750 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund for states, school districts and institutions of higher … Continue reading

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Implementing Storylines: A Meaningful, Effective Way to Practice the NGSS by Jason Crean

Why is a shift needed? The science instructional shifts outlined in A Framework for K–12 Science Education and embodied in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are bigger than a classroom, a school, a district, or even your state. It’s … Continue reading

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Storylines Allow Students to Own Their Learning by Scott Goldthorp and Lauren Pasanek

“I don’t think this data tells us enough; we only know the temperature close to the ground,” Andy* told his peers. “Hail forms in the clouds. We need to know what the temperature is in the clouds.” The students had … Continue reading

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Teaching and Learning Through PBL-Informed Storylines by Emily Miller and Mary Modaff

The kindergarteners waited excitedly outside the door, anxious to see the toys my third graders created for them. My third graders were equally excited to share their toys and use science ideas to explain how their toys moved. The engagement … Continue reading

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In Legislation to Support Climate Change Education, Symbolism is Not Enough by Glenn Branch

It’s a perfect storm. No fewer than fifteen measures to support climate change education in the public schools have been introduced in the statehouses of ten states so far in 2020. Why? Perhaps legislators are beginning to heed public opinion. … Continue reading

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What Does It Really Take to Get High School Students to Make Their Ideas Visible? by Angie Berk, Jen MacColl, and Kristen Moorhead

Asking high school students to reveal what they really think about what causes a natural or designed phenomenon is risky business. Risky in that it requires students to take the intellectual and social risk of sharing their thinking, which may … Continue reading

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Going Public: Revealing Student Thinking in Science by Missy Holzer

Our classrooms are dynamic places where young learners gather to figure out the natural world. How can we be sure they are all making sense of the phenomena during this process? How do we know what they are thinking? We … Continue reading

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Making Students’ Thinking Visible Through Discussion by Dana McCusker and Marisa Miller

As the assistant director of science for Mastery Charter Schools I have had the pleasure of working with Dana McCusker and seeing her excellent teaching in action. As a science teacher leader, she has been at the forefront of utilizing … Continue reading

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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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