Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter STEM can level up and it must begin to include underrepresented communities of women and minorities. You’ll want to share this with your STEM colleagues. How can we ensure STEM is more than just a buzzword?

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5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces

EdTech Magazine

5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces. Thomas School near Seattle has concentrated on beefing up the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for the past several years and plans to strengthen it even more in the future. Makerspaces — a key element of STEM education — are popping up in classrooms and libraries across the U.S. Thomas School Dedicates Space to Bolster STEM Learning. Consult experts when designing STEM courses and labs.

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6 Simple Resources to Integrate Equity, Access & Cultural Awareness into Student Learning 

Discovery Education

Spark career-driven STEM exploration with a searchable database of 1 5 0+ hands-on student activities. Guide students toward attainable and highly rewarding careers while supporting a more inclusive pipeline of STEM professionals.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

I was over in one of the elementary schools the other day, and three years ago we were all in awe and kind of gaga about a high school student who was all in with drones, and sort of building and flying, and learning about aviation and drones with his high school peers. Administrators All Grades All Subjects Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Innovation Maker Movement Monday Motivation Policy Makers Project Based Learning STEM Teachers

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown


CUE Advocacy Update. The 23-member panel is to include: Six K-12 teachers, representatives of the State Superintendent, Governor, Senate, and Assembly, the CTC, private sector technology industry, UC, CSU, Community Colleges, private colleges, county offices of education, the Instructional Quality Commission, STEM education representatives, school administrators, a public school pupil, a parent organization, and the National Computer Science Teachers Association.

OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

The Hechinger Report

Schools’ struggles to engage English learners’ families during the pandemic partly stem from another pre-pandemic inequity — gaps in access to digital learning devices and the internet. Elementary to High School Opinion English language learners online learning Parents Personalized Learning

After-school programs have either been abandoned or overworked

The Hechinger Report

“I like building stuff,” said 11-year-old Isabella Lagunas, describing the appeal of her science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) after-school program, Girlstart. “In

Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

Reading By Example

As an elementary principal the last seven years, the schools I have had the honor to lead have hosted site visits. – STEM/STEAM. Becoming better teachers of readers and writers may not sound as intriguing as a STEM/STEAM initiative or going 1:1 with technology. For example, a leadership team can begin by integrating effective reading and writing strategies with a STEM/STEAM initiative.


From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Moran has appeared on the cover of Education Week’s Digital Directions magazine as a “National Mover and Shaker” for her advocacy of a curricular digital integration model, which will be featured in an upcoming profile by Edutopia. Administrators All Grades All Subjects Education Innovation Monday Motivation Policy Makers STEM Students Teachers

Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

My name is Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C Barrow Elementary in Athens GA @barrowmediacenter I will take over the DOE account this week. gadoeteachertakeover #librariesofinstagram #makered #makerspace #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #robot #robotics #stem #steam #technology #coding #hourofcode #tlchat #proudtobeccsd.

What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?

The Hechinger Report

Now, some school districts are pushing this job exploration into middle and even elementary school, convinced that helping students connect what they are learning to careers will not only deepen their engagement but also help them make more informed decisions about their educational paths. “In South Carolina’s Charleston County School District is among the many school districts around the country now working to modify and extend those programs to its middle and elementary schools. “It’s

Twenty States Pass Legislation to Expand Access to K-12 Computer Science


Code.org Advocacy Coalition ?, of more than 60 industry, non-profit, and advocacy organizations working together to make computer science a fundamental part of K-12 education. [ 5 Tools to Teach Coding to Late Elementary Students ] These 20 states passed new laws or initiatives to support K-12 computer science (CS) since January of. for STEM and computer science. Since January 2018, 20 states have passed legislation and funded $49 million to expand.

CoderZ Named 2020 Tech Edvocate Award Winner for Best Coding App or Tool

eSchool News

CoderZ , an online learning environment where students learn robotics and STEM by coding virtual robots, has been named a 2020 Tech Edvocate Award winner in the Best Coding App or Tool category.

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

The Hechinger Report

Katherine Cribbs, a second-grader at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, explores the online “energy dashboard” that tracks her school’s energy consumption and production. With a flurry of touch-screen taps, she explored the “energy dashboard” of Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia. Much of the advocacy for net-zero buildings has focused on environmental and economic incentives. ARLINGTON, Va.

Coronavirus means school food is free across the U.S. What if it stayed that way?

The Hechinger Report

based advocacy organization lobbying for anti-hunger programs. The rise in hunger comes down to two elements: need and access, said Kelley McDonough, a senior program manager for No Kid Hungry, an anti-hunger advocacy group.

What Is Your Why?: The Importance of Computer Science Education

Digital Promise

Community Engagement and Advocacy. For instance, Indian Prairie School District held a four-hour Maker Day to garner community support for computational thinking and maker learning in elementary schools. South Fayette students have continued to develop an app to promote school bus safety and won awards such as the Congressional STEM App Challenge and the National Infosys Maker Award.

Going Beyond the Hour of Code

Digital Promise

See Code.org’s comparisons of CS curricula by grade level: elementary curricula. Careers with STEM. See a sample letter to principal, advocacy slide deck , and additional resources. This article originally appeared on The Advocate from the Computer Science Teachers Association. Read the original version here. During CS Ed Week, countless teachers and students experienced computer science for the first time.

#FactFriday: It’s Computer Science Education Week!


Learn how your state can expand access to high-quality computer science education to unlock lifelong opportunities for students at ExcelinEd.org/ITCS and Advocacy/Code.org. We’re celebrating Computer Science Education Week !

Digital Transformation and Innovation in Rural School Districts


He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in elementary education. Dr. Dillon has taught in elementary and junior high schools and coached on the high school level.

Let’s Support College Student Mothers During the Pandemic — and Beyond


Between cooking meals to feed my children throughout the entire day, keeping up on household duties, ‘mommying,’ doing my own college courses, and teaching … there was never enough time,” says Memoree Skinner, an elementary special education teacher, graduate student, and mother of three.

Using teacher-leaders to improve schools

The Hechinger Report

The model stems from an idea laid out in a paper almost a decade ago by Emily Ayscue Hassel and Bryan Hassel, co-presidents of Public Impact, an education advocacy organization. One of Edgecombe’s elementary schools created three teacher-leader positions to focus on improving literacy among students in third grade and younger.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access


And it raises questions about gender and race: How can schools inspire more girls and students of color to pursue STEM? Amesse Elementary at Denver Public Schools. Amesse Elementary. He likens these practices to taking away students’ encyclopedias, through which they find knowledge and begin to make choices that will lead to advocacy for others and for themselves. Amesse Elementary: A Montbello Children’s Network School at Denver Public Schools.

Leading Learning in a Blended Environment


Over the past 30 years, he has held leadership positions at the high, middle, and elementary levels in Salem City Schools and is currently in his 15th school year as Division Superintendent. By Eileen Belastock. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.


How Teachers are Leaning on Each Other to Stay Resilient During COVID-19


In addition to her new lunch routine, Zayas, who teaches STEM and social studies at a public school in Leander, Texas, has set a regular time when she turns off her computer at night. “I’m For the first time in her decade of teaching, Coral Zayas is eating lunch every day.

Getting Stakeholders to Back the Edtech Budget


Dr. Kristi Wilson has served as Superintendent of the Buckeye Elementary School District in Buckeye, Arizona for the past eight years. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation.

How One District Went All-in on a Tutoring Program to Catch Kids Up


Frankly, students didn’t lose anything, they just never had the opportunity to learn it,” said Allison Socol, an assistant director at The Education Trust, a nonprofit education research and advocacy organization.

Betsy DeVos on Teacher Vouchers, Walkouts and Being Clickbait


This represents change only for those people who want to make a change,” she said, adding that schools can choose between using that money to fund elementary, secondary or pre-K programs (though that last one is up for debate ). Do you support them in that advocacy as well?” Here are 3 facts you might not have known about Betsy DeVos: She’s an oldest child and, thus, an avid rule-follower.

What If Schools Viewed Outdoor Learning as ‘Plan A’?


In May, as one school year ended and another began to loom large on the horizon, Danks and the leaders of a handful of other outdoor education advocacy groups— Ten Strands , the Lawrence Hall of Science museum in Berkeley, Calif.,

Critical Thinking Skills to Help Students Better Evaluate Scientific Claims


Many of these critical thinking concepts are not difficult but need to become habits adopted early in life, which is why Oxman first tried them out in his children’s elementary school classrooms. The study was financed by an environmental advocacy group, not an unbiased source. For instance, students were learning the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, which stems from water temperature and salt-level or salinity increases.

Discovery Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Launch National Event that Connects Students with Real-World Stories of Loss, Triumph and Learning at the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic


By focusing on prevention education with a science-based approach – anchored in the youth voice – ‘Operation Prevention’ gives students opportunities to share their stories, engage with their peers and to play a visible role in stemming the tide of young people who fall victim to the pipeline of addiction.” Students invited to participate in ‘Opioid Crisis: Real People. Real Stories. Real Science.’

What Does ‘Career Readiness’ Look Like in Middle School?


Williams Middle School in Charleston, South Carolina, demonstrates soldering used to build a SeaPerch, an underwater remotely controlled vehicle, to students in a summer camp program aimed at piquing their interest in the school’s STEM programs. South Carolina’s Charleston County School District is among the many school districts around the country now working to modify and extend those programs to its middle and elementary schools. “It’s

SEL: A Leadership Roundtable


We take a team approach, but our mindfulness initiative stems from the top. It was run by our elementary school guidance counselor. They have chosen to measure the following skills: growth mindset, academic self-efficacy, interpersonal skill, self-regulated learning, enlisting social resources, self-advocacy, problem solving, and belonging. School leaders discuss their district approaches to Social Emotional Learning.

What’s school without grade levels?

The Hechinger Report

Most states have something on the books to encourage competency-based options, but only about a half-dozen have loosened seat-time dictates enough to dispense with grade levels, according to Matt Williams, chief operating officer and vice president of policy and advocacy for the personalized-learning nonprofit KnowledgeWorks. And when kids should stop going to elementary school and start attending a middle school across town.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

As budgets get cut, special education advocacy must be paramount. SHOW LINK BIO: Rebecca’s dedication to exceptional learners started in elementary school when she was a “special friend” to the mainstream class.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

Of those who do enroll at universities on the island, fewer than half earn degrees, even after six years , the advocacy group Excelencia in Education reports, compared to more than 58 percent of college students nationwide. It stems from a 1964 decision by the College Board, which administers the SAT, to expand its market to Latin America with a Spanish-language edition of the predominant college entrance exam.