Author Archives: Kate Falk

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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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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