Author Archives: Kate Falk

Ed News: State Legislation Could Accidentally Mess Up Science Education

This week in education news, nationwide study revealed that college STEM summer bridge programs double the odds that students plan to pursue a STEM career, compared with students without program exposure; increase in state education funding doesn’t always reach teachers’ … Continue reading

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Ed News: Paid Professional Development Key to Teaching STEM Effectively

This week in education news, more state governments should take necessary steps to ensure they can provide public support for paid professional development for teachers of STEM subjects; new study finds programs with strong organization structures are the key to … Continue reading

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Ed News: Early An Overlooked Solution for Diversifying STEM

This week in education news, educators want Pennsylvania to adopt science standards that help students recognize that science is part of everyday life; low-income students are much less likely than high-income students to complete four years of high school science; … Continue reading

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Ed News: Early STEM Provides Critical Foundation for Future Learning

This week in education news, a New York City high school entrance exam finds brightest girls do better in STEM classes than on standardized entrance exams; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to invest in professional development providers; science … Continue reading

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English Learners in STEM Subjects

Conducting a review of the research literature on science education with English learners (ELs) would be a demanding task. Reimaging what is possible for ELs in science education would be an even more demanding task. Consider the enormity of the … Continue reading

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Engaging English Learners in K-12 Engineering

Engineering is now part of the Next Generation Science Standards as well as many state standards. As schools and teachers begin to think about how to introduce engineering in their classrooms, they should do so in ways that support all … Continue reading

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Ed News: Meeting New Science Standards Requires Greater Emphasis on Teacher Practice

This week in education news, new Forever GI Bill law allots a fifth year of education benefits for eligible students pursuing degrees in the STEM fields; President Trump signs NSF STEM Education Research Bill; researchers argue that education apps often … Continue reading

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Legislative Update: What’s Ahead for Federal Education Policy (and Funding) in 2019?

Welcome to 2019. As of January 3, Congressional leaders and President Trump are still working on a final agreement on FY2019 spending and the federal government remains closed for business. As you will recall, federal education funding, including programs at … Continue reading

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Ed News: Putting the ‘E’ in STEM for the Littlest Learners

This week in education news, Sen. Lamar Alexander plans to retire; 2018 federal report found that only 18 percent of the innovations funded by the Education Department lifted student achievement; project-based learning has developed a significant following in recent years; … Continue reading

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Investigation and Design: Aligning Secondary Science to What is Best

Take a look at this short video from my high school chemistry class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNHmVEJLAvI&feature=youtu.be Now ask yourself, were you surprised by my choice to use ice to reboil the water?  What did you feel when you watched that event?   Were … Continue reading

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