Author Archives: Kate Falk

Ed News: The Evolution of U.S. Teacher Salaries in the 21st Century

This week in education news, a look at the variation in teacher pay between the states, a new Lego set for middle schoolers that incorporates coding, and challenges ahead with the California test based on new science standards. The Evolution … Continue reading

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NSTA Conferences: Professional Learning and So Much More

Editor’s Note:  In this blog series commemorating NSTA’s 75th Anniversary we take a look to the past with an eye to the future. Can you imagine attending an NSTA convention over Thanksgiving weekend?! Indeed, that was the timing of NSTA’s first regional meetings … Continue reading

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Ed News: Should Teachers Choose Their Own PD?

This week in education news, new study finds novice teachers are more likely to end up in schools with fewer veteran co-workers; Wyoming Ed Board disagrees on the direction of the state’s proposed computer science standards; students see more success … Continue reading

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NSTA’s 75th: Celebrating the Past, Educating for the Future

Editors Note: Today in this blog series commemorating NSTA’s 75th Anniversary we celebrate the many stakeholders who work hard every day so that ALL students are engaged in science learning and who have helped NSTA to become a dedicated advocate … Continue reading

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Ed News: Teachers Need More Pay, Not Merit Pay

This week in education news, Title IV-A Coalition opposes President Trump’s plan to pull the plug on $1.2 billion block grant; research-practitioner partnerships across the country work to improve the quality of teachers who enter the teaching workforce; Deans for … Continue reading

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Legislative Update: Administration Budget Request Would (Again) Cut Funding for Key Ed Programs

President Trump submitted his budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 programs last week and, as expected, discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Education would be cut significantly for FY20 programs that would begin this October.  The President is … Continue reading

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Ed News: A Wave of State Bills Could Threaten Science and Climate Education

This week in education news, On International Women’s Day, a student reflects on a class that inspired her creativity; new research suggests that there are no real differences in student achievement gains across different textbooks; President Trump seeks 10 percent … Continue reading

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The Role of Instructional Resources in Supporting Investigation and Design

We are at an exciting time in science education. The Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC, 2012) presents a vision for how we should teach science that is grounded in empirical evidence and what we know about how students learn. … Continue reading

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Ed News: School Lessons Targeted by Climate Change Doubters

This week in education news, West Virginia governor signs legislation requiring high school computer science; Hispanics make up 16 percent of the American workforce, but only 6 percent of scientists and engineers; bug-in-ear coaching has been around for decades but … Continue reading

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Supporting Classroom Implementation of Investigations and Design for All Students

Previous blogs on this series have focused on describing the Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center report’s conclusions and recommendations on the importance and role of investigation and engineering design in students learning science. … Continue reading

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