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Spotlight on NSF-Funded Environmental/Earth Science Projects and the Next Generation Science Standards

CADRE is very pleased to announce a new spotlight featuring Environmental and Earth Science DR K-12 projects, with a focus on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): http://www.cadrek12.org/spotlight-dr-k-12-environmentalearth-science-projects-and-next-generation-science-standards

In this spotlight, each project team has chosen one…


Added by Kim Lightle on September 24, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Mama Mia, Mama Mia! A Canadian Bohemian Rhapsodizes About String Theory

Not that I understand one bit of what Tim is singing about -- but I sure did enjoy watching!

From NPR: It's been frustrating, this 100-year search by physicists all over the world for a Unified Theory of Everything. And Tim Blais, physics grad student, a capella singer and Queen fan, feels their…


Added by Kim Lightle on September 23, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Released

The standards are now available at www.nextgenscience.org. The new standards establish learning expectations in science for K–12 students combining three important dimensions—science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts. NGSS provides a cohesive approach to science instruction that will significantly change the way science is taught and learned.

Twenty-six states led the development of…


Added by Kim Lightle on April 10, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Learn More About the Next Gen Science Standards Second Public Draft

Immediately following the January 8 release of the second public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards, on Wednesday, January 9, at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern), NSTA will host a web seminar on key components of the second NGSS draft featuring Stephen Pruitt, Vice President for Content, Research and Development for Achieve. The 90-minute webinar will also include NSTA President Karen Ostlund. To register for the web seminar, click here:…


Added by Kim Lightle on January 4, 2013 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Participate in a Pilot Study of Biodiversity and Climate Change Curriculum Materials

Are you interested in participating in a pilot study of a new middle and high school curriculum designed to teach students about climate change and the impacts of climate change on biological communities? If so, the University of Michigan with support from the National Science Foundation developed a curriculum that fuses core science content with scientific practices in several important topic areas including weather and climate, the greenhouse effect, and the carbon cycle. This online…


Added by Kim Lightle on December 11, 2012 at 2:10pm — No Comments

NSTA and Children's Book Council Release 2013 List of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12

From NSTA Newsletter: NSTA and the CBC have selected the annual list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12. This year's list includes books by well-known authors like Seymour Simon and Nic Bishop, focuses on some of the most primal concepts (what does an animal do on the first day of its life?), and even explains why the vampire myth persists in our society. The books on this list feature captivating stories of human achievement—like those of Rachel Carson or the diverse…


Added by Kim Lightle on November 26, 2012 at 1:44pm — No Comments

theLearnia - learn with your friends

theLearnia is a free social educational network that allows millions of online students around the world to gain equal opportunity for education, learn while communicating together and share their knowledge.

For Students – theLearnia is an innovative online educational tool where students can learn with friends, practicing any learning…


Added by Yosi Avraham on November 8, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Pumpkin Decorating the Mathematics Way

Decorating your Halloween pumpkin mathematically this year? The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) wants to know. Send photos of your mathematical gourds to editor@maa.org to see them added to the MAA's Facebook gallery. MAA will feature the best one on its…


Added by Kim Lightle on October 19, 2012 at 4:26pm — No Comments

NASA/LPI Art Contest with Space Appeal

In addition to the STEM movement, advocates of the arts have introduced STEAM to include the arts in the processing of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts.  While many STEM teachers have introduced art based projects in their classes most do not consider their efforts in support of art outcomes.  If you are one of these art inclusive teachers or you'd like to engage the arts in your work in the sciences, here is a contest being offered by LPI (Lunar & Planetary…


Added by Richard Varner on October 17, 2012 at 8:43am — No Comments

Participate in the Annual Speak Up Survey


This annual survey facilitated by Project Tomorrow gives individuals, classes, and entire school districts the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues — and to influence local, state and federal policies and programs.

Since the inaugural survey in 2004, when it went by the name NetDay, millions…


Added by Kim Lightle on October 12, 2012 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Earth Science Week (Oct. 14-20) - Connect with NASA Earth Explorers

During October 14-20, 2012, NASA will introduce students of all ages to an incredible group of NASA Earth Explorers – from scientists and engineers, to multimedia producers, educators and writers. Under the theme “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences,” this year’s Earth Science Week will focus on the stories of the many Earth Explorers who contribute to our understanding of the planet.


We invite you and your students to join us on this adventure. Find out about Earth…


Added by Kim Lightle on September 28, 2012 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Celebrate Teachers Today and Every Day

Great teachers are invaluable, yet too often their tireless work goes unnoticed or worse, unappreciated. While teacher appreciation week is in May, why wait to recognize the incredible work of our educators? These individuals dedicate their lives to developing the next generation. They come in early to…


Added by Rebecca Howard on September 19, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

A new online journal for NCTM members - first issue is free!

NCTM and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators have partnered to produce a new online journal, Mathematics Teacher Educator. The journal will build a professional knowledge base for mathematics educators that stems from, develops and strengthens practitioner knowledge. NCTM will offer members subscriptions to this online-only publication as an add-on to their current NCTM subscriptions. The first issue is free. Appearing biannually in March and September, future issues can be…


Added by Kim Lightle on September 12, 2012 at 10:51am — No Comments

Google Teacher Academy Applications Being Accepted

The date for the next Google Teacher Academy has been announced. The next GTA will be held on December 5-6 in Mountain View, California. Applications are being accepted now through October 4.

Attending a Google Teacher Academy is the only way to become a Google Certified Teacher (different than Google Certified Trainer). Attending GTA is an excellent opportunity to connect and brainstorm…


Added by Kim Lightle on September 12, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

New Collection from Teacher's Domain - STEM and the Paralympics

Adaptive Technologies, a new special collection linked to science standards, brings together media resources from…


Added by Kim Lightle on August 29, 2012 at 9:51am — No Comments

Math Common Core Flipbooks

The Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics (KATM) has compiled Flipbooks that are compilations of research, “unpacked” standards from many states, instructional strategies and examples for each standard at each grade level. The intent is to show the connections to the Standards of Mathematical Practices for the content standards and to get detailed information at each level.

Resources used: Common Core State Standards, NCTM’s Focus In Grades K-8 series, Student Centered…


Added by Kim Lightle on August 20, 2012 at 9:43am — No Comments

Book Review: How do we excite students about math?

From MiddleWeb SmartBrief: Neurologist and middle-grades math teacher Judy Willis hits a home run with her book on helping students learn to love math, says teacher Cossondra George in this MiddleWeb book review. In reading "Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies That Change Student Attitudes and Get Results," George found that even familiar ideas came with new twists. Drawing on her training in neurology, Willis tackles differentiation and explains how the brain…


Added by Kim Lightle on July 27, 2012 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Want to Get Teens Interested in Math and Science? Target Their Parents

New study goes beyond the classroom to examine the unique role that parents can play in promoting students' STEM motivation. Read the press release.

Added by Kim Lightle on July 13, 2012 at 10:48am — No Comments

NAEP Reveals Shallow Grasp of Science

From Education Week -- June 19, 2012

Elementary, middle, and high school students failed to demonstrate a deep understanding of science concepts when they performed activity-based science tasks and investigations, concludes a study released today from the first national…


Added by Kim Lightle on June 20, 2012 at 9:10am — No Comments

Another Online Resource Roundup

Here are a few new resources. Happy exploring!

The Picture Post Network

Picture Post involves ordinary people (and school groups) in studying their environment through digital photography.  Participants establish a post (a designated observation site) and then take an eight-shot panorama of the surrounding landscape and a photo of the sky overhead.  Afterward, they upload the photographs to the Picture Post website.…


Added by Jessica Fries-Gaither on June 11, 2012 at 10:49am — No Comments

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