UPDATES TO NGSS (NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS)
Common Core Standards have not yet developed a Science Curriculum. Currently the move by many states is to use the standards of the NGSS which was developed by The National Research Council (NRC), the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. States are now joining together to form the NGSS Network. The Network held the first NGSS Annual Leadership Meeting for State Teams and National Partners in February 2014. Many states including California and New York are lead state Partners with California currently aligned to the standards and New York State planning to adopt them in January of 2016. The NGSS emphasizes the integration of core Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics content areas (STEM).
has designed a two part science test for end of year 8th grade which
contains material necessary to prepare students for higher level science
courses. Many of our activities are currently aligned to the NGSS.
two part science test was written by Edinformatics to challenge the
very best of our science students. The test can be taken online and
graded. There are content pages for each of the questions of part I.
test has two parts: Part 1- Knowledge and Concepts -- Part 2 - Reasoning
(NMSI) THE NATIONAL MATH AND SCIENCE INITIATIVE
"The National Math and Science Initiative was formed to
address one of this nation’s greatest economic and intellectual
threats - the declining number of students who are prepared to
take rigorous college courses in math and science and equipped
for careers in those fields. .This crucial project was initiated
as a public-private partnership, led by private donors such as
Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. "
Two NMSI-supported programs – the Advanced Placement Training
and Incentive Program (APTIP) and UTeach – are among the seven
programs prominently featured on the Change The Equation website
CHANGE THE EQUATION INITIATIVE
Through its network of more than 110 CEOs, Change
the Equation pledges to create widespread literacy in science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM) as an investment in our
nation that empowers us all.
The goals of Change the equation are three fold:
Great Teaching. Improve STEM teaching at all grade levels,
with a larger and more diverse cadre of highly capable and inspirational
Inspired Learners. Inspire student appreciation and excitement
for STEM programs and careers to increase success and achievement
in school and opportunities for a collegiate education, especially
among females and students of color.
A Committed Nation. Achieve a sustained commitment to improving
STEM education from business leaders, government officials,
Programs for Change the Equation --Advanced Placement Training
and Incentive Program (APTIP) --Engineering is Elementary --FIRST
(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)--
Intel Math --Sally Ride Science Academy-- The Science Career Ladder
See also: “Educate
to Innovate” Campaign for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Mathematics (STEM) Education
to Innovate 2009
Warner Cable’s “Connect a Million Minds” (CAMM) --Time Warner
Cable, in partnership with FIRST Robotics and the Coalition
for Science After School, is launching a campaign to connect
over one million students to highly-engaging after-school
STEM activities that already exist in their area.
“Be the Future” -- Discovery Communications, in partnership
with leading research universities and federal agencies,
is launching a five-year, $150 million cash and in-kind
“Be the Future” campaign.
“Early STEM Literacy” --Celebrating its 40th Anniversary,
and with First Lady Michelle Obama appearing on the first
episode, Sesame Street, in partnership with PNC Bank, is
announcing a major focus on science and math for young children
and a $7.5 million investment in the effort.
National Lab Day
--National Lab Day is a historic grassroots effort, online
at nationallabday.org, to bring hands-on learning to 10
million students by upgrading science labs, supporting project-based
learning, and building communities of support for STEM teachers.
The National STEM
Video Game Challenge --The MacArthur Foundation, Sony Computer
Entertainment America, the Entertainment Software Association
(ESA) and its partners (the Information Technology Industry
Council, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation,
and Microsoft) are launching a nationwide set of competitions
that include the design of the most compelling, freely-available
STEM-related videogames for children and youth.
Obama Expands “Educate to Innovate” Campaign for Excellence in Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education
2010--In January 2010, President Obama announced the continuance
of the program, highlighting the half-billion-dollar financial
commitment from the Administration’s partners. Public-private
investments of more than $250 million will help prepare over 10,000
new math and science teachers and train over 100,000 existing
teachers by 2015.
US needs better math, science education
(SMTI) SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS TEACHER IMPERATIVE PROGRAM
"...Public university leaders working through the Science
and Mathematics Teacher Imperative will catalyze action across
sectors—state and federal governments, the business community,
the K-12 community, and others to seriously undertake the challenging
effort of adequately preparing teachers to teach science and mathematics
in the 21st century.." Read
Math and Science Education --"...As part of its $200 million
commitment, Intel will provide training to more than 100,000 U.S.
math and science teachers over the next 3 years, including an intensive
80-hour professional development math course for elementary school
teachers and new Web-based instruction and collaboration tools including
targeted professional development for science teachers of all grades..."
TEACH FOR AMERICA
"...Recognizing the urgent need for excellent math and science
education in this country, Teach for America launched a campaign
in 2004 to bring more outstanding math and science teachers to
low-income communities. In the 2009-2010 school year, nearly 2,400
corps members are teaching math and science to more than 150,000
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY INITIATIVES
State University-The California State University and Mathematics
and Science Teacher Preparation -CSU's Math and Science Teacher
Initiative began during the past year through a planning process
involving all of its 23 campuses.
San Diego State University
--The San Diego State University Math/Science Teacher Initiative
(MSTI) is a collaboration between the College of Education and
the College of Sciences to significantly increase single subject
credential recommendations in mathematics and science.
of California --With its California Teach program,
the University of California will put a thousand new science and
math teachers annually into California classrooms. This initiative
will encourage new UC students interested in science, math or
engineering to consider teaching as a career and create courses
to help them become great teachers-Campuses at: Berkeley, Davis,
Irvine, UCLA, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and
University of Texas
at Austin -- Uteach -- UTeach started at The University of
Texas at Austin in 1997 as a new way to prepare secondary science,
math and computer science teachers. Its strength lies in the unique
collaboration between the Colleges of Natural Sciences and Education.All
students enrolled in the UTeach Natural Sciences Program have
the opportunity to participate in a paid internship. read
Florida PROMiSE is a
partnership among the three Florida Public Research - Flagship
Universities (USF, FSU, & UF), four large school districts (Miami-Dade,
Hillsborough, Duval & Seminole), educational consortia (Heartland
Educational Consortium (HEC), North East Florida Educational Consortium
(NEFEC) & Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC)), Florida
Virtual School, and Horizon Research, Inc.
Math and Science Teacher Education --This multi-faceted program
addresses the math and science teacher shortage in urban communities
AND CURRENT TEACHERS -- INFORMATION BY STATE
AND SITES RELATED TO MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHER INITIATIVES
to Innovate”: How the Obama Plan for STEM Education Falls Short
-- Excellent review article from the Heritage Foundation for 'Educate
to Innovate Program' which gives insight into the many problems
that the program still does not address (Jan5, 2011 publication
School Alliance --Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education--
This page provides information on current science, technology,
engineering, and math (STEM) education initiatives, programs,
curricula, and research. STEM education is an integrative approach
to teaching and learning that draws on the foundations of each
individual field to form a cohesive course of instruction.
Continent Comprehensive Center -- Links to State Stem Initiatives