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May 7, 2018
Newark unveils state-of-the-art science center for students’ hands-on experiments
Eighth-graders will visit the new center twice per year, while students in grades 5-12 will participate in "virtual" lab sessions from their classrooms.
January 26, 2018
Colorado students would have to do science to learn it under new standards
A standards review committee has recommended Colorado adopt a modified version of Next Generation Science Standards. That could mean a big change in the classroom.
In the dark
August 18, 2017
With solar eclipse looming, shuttered school planetarium represents ‘missed opportunity’ for Memphis students
Craigmont High School's planetarium is a significant teaching tool that’s tailor-made for the rare atmospheric event, but it sits idle and in need of a makeover.
watch me naep naep
October 27, 2016
New York students show small gains in science skills on ‘nation’s report card’
New York fourth-graders saw their scores increase by 2 points on average, while eighth-graders’ scores rose by 1 point.
August 11, 2015
Six charts showing test scores in schools that Tennessee wants to turn around
A chart-by-chart analysis of efforts to improve failing schools in Memphis and Shelby County, based on the latest TCAP scores
July 6, 2015
Two Tennessee teachers receive Presidential Award
A Memphis science teacher and a Montgomery County math teacher receive the 2015 Presidential Award for excellence in their craft.
focus on stem
June 19, 2015
City releases more detailed curriculum guide for elementary science
The new outline aims to streamline the multiple sets of standards, including the Common Core, that science teachers must juggle.
May 14, 2015
A year after Common Core, the next battle could be Indiana's new science standards
The Indiana Department of Education is set to update the state’s science standards, but some are worried it'll rely too heavily on standards deemed too easy and unclear.
August 13, 2014
Science, social studies test results could be a surprise
Next month some Colorado parents will get the news that their kids perhaps didn’t score as well on science and social studies tests as Mom and Dad might have expected, an experience likely to be repeated on a larger scale next year after new online language arts and math tests launch.
June 26, 2014
Report: Missteps, equipment problems part of botched Beacon chemistry experiment
Scientific missteps, a lack of safety equipment, and a jammed fire extinguisher all factored into a grim incident that left two high school students with severe burns following…
June 24, 2014
Pairing serious inquiry with play, my students find a balance education policy lacks
Describing her students' end-of-year presentation, a teacher makes the case for curricula that blend "piety" and "play."
October 25, 2013
Two city students are regional finalists in science competition
Impreet Singh, a student at Francis Lewis High School in Queens, is a regional finalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology, a…
August 26, 2013
Quinn: Girls should have their own tech schools
Mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants to open at least five new all-girls middle schools, one in each borough, dedicated to science and math. "The point of the schools, and in particular that it’s girls only, is in part to send a message to girls, ‘This is a field for you,’" Quinn said at a press conference at Brooklyn Bridge Park today. Quinn herself attended an all-girls Catholic high school and has said she would expand single-sex schooling if she is elected. (Single-sex education has strong advocates, but researchers say there’s no evidence that it improves learning and could actually diminish students’ self-esteem.)
August 16, 2012
Students act as engineers, chemical testers in summer program
Senior Samuel Fok joined teammates in presenting design ideas for an alternative construction project in the East Village. When asked to envision an office…
May 25, 2012
Experiments on Bronx school’s green roof taking students far
Bronx Design and Construction Academy ninth-graders Elton Hollingsworth (left) and Noel Cruz, both 14, stand atop the green roof with Nathaniel Wight (far right), a teacher who leads the school's science club. Photograph by Nick Pandolfo At the beginning of the 2011-12 school year, Elton Hollingsworth and Noel Cruz, both ninth-graders at the Bronx Design and Construction Academy, joined the science club. Little did they know that a short nine months later, they’d board a plane bound for Denver as two of the youngest people to present at a leading industrial conference. Last week, the boys explained findings from an experiment they’ve been conducting on the school’s green roof — the first of its kind in a New York City public school — at the World Renewable Energy Forum. Neither had been on an airplane before. “We were the only high-schoolers there,” Cruz said. “It takes a professional level of work to get through our peer review process,” says Seth Masia, director of communications for the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), which held its National Solar Conference together with the World Renewable Energy Forum this year. “We’re most impressed that the science club was able to do it.”
May 17, 2012
Ask an Expert: Using technology to promote summer learning
Find out about some great online resources and apps that might just make your summer better than you imagined, with your kids occupied and still learning. Face it, they'll probably be spending some time on-line, it may as well be useful.
February 10, 2012
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
Obama proposes $80 million boost for math/science education - Colorado to get its NCLB waiver - Thompson School District may put moratorium on field trips - Colorado's battle over school funding - 10-year-old invents app that tracks reading homework.
November 18, 2011
Students of honored teachers share ideas for great teaching
The principal of the High School for Environmental Studies prepares to accept a check for her school's science program On Wednesday, we highlighted seven math and science teachers who received awards for their teaching. They were formally honored on Wednesday night, and yesterday the Fund for the City of New York launched a tour of their schools. We joined the tour's first day to ask students what qualities make a math or science teacher great. At Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School, juniors and seniors gathered in the library were told that math teacher Kate Belin had won $5,000. Several students whooped with glee and one shouted, "You could go to Africa with that!" Principal Nancy Mann rejected the students' request to use the school's $2,500 reward to build a second gym. Next, at a highly selective school that the Department of Education does not manage, Hunter College High School, members of the math team praised Eliza Kuberska, their Math Team Advisor. Noting that Kuberska exhorts them to "do it for the love of math" and challenges them to tackle problems more complex than most high schoolers typically face, the students brought their teacher to tears. At the High School for Environmental Studies in Manhattan, it was science teacher Marissa Bellino who made her students cry. Senior Alejandro Vinueza, who has Bellino as his teacher for the third time and traveled with her to Japan to learn about lowering carbon emissions, read a prepared speech but paused shortly after beginning to rub his reddening eyes. “Damn, I’m getting emotional now,” he said. Later, he told me how Bellino inspired him to pursue a science major in college and how she has opened his eyes to environmental awareness. “You know when someone says that they had an experience that changed their life forever? I didn’t believe that could happen until I went to Japan,” Vinueza said. I asked students from the three high schools what makes for a great math or science teacher. Here's what they said: Fannie Lou Hamer receives a framed portrait of math teacher Kate Belin Good teachers connect: “A good teacher understands that every student has their own problems and it takes that one on one interaction, that personal connection, for the students to learn in his or her own way.” Tulio Santos, senior, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
November 16, 2011
Annual awards fete math, science teachers at array of schools
At a time when the Obama administration is rewarding efforts to improve math and science instruction, seven city math and science teachers are being lauded for the work they already do. For the third straight year, the Fund for the City of New York and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation are giving city teachers awards for excellence in teaching science and mathematics. The teachers will receive their prizes — $5,000 each — at an award ceremony tonight and their schools will celebrate the awards, and the $2,500 that their math and science programs receive, at a series of assemblies tomorrow. The teachers were nominated by students, parents, colleagues, and administrators and then selected by a committee made up of representatives from local science museums and universities, based on their students' achievement, their involvement in extracurricular activities, and their efforts to promote math and science inside and outside the classroom. The recipients’ high schools range from the city’s highest-performing to some of the weakest, including one that the city is trying to turn around using federal funding. Here are this year’s recipients, along with a highlight about each that we pulled from longer biographies compiled by the Sloan Awards: Teacher: Kate Belin School: Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School Subject: Geometry, Functions Why her school thinks she’s great: Belin makes math relevant and interesting for students at Fannie Lou Hamer, where 90 percent of entering freshman are below grade level in math or English, by connecting math to the world outside the classroom.
November 11, 2011
DOE, local groups approved for more federal innovation funding
The Department of Education's Innovation Zone is poised to bring home millions of dollars in federal innovation funding for the second year in a row. The Obama administration yesterday released a list of 23 Investing in Innovation grant applicants that it wants to fund. The groups, culled from nearly 600 applicants, will share a $150 million pool of funding. The groups have until next month to line up matching funds from other sources to secure their grants. The DOE's InnovateNYC program landed high on the list of applicants aiming to bolster science and technology education, putting it in line to receive $3 million in federal funding. The department will use the funding to connect its Office of Innovation with private partners and other school districts as it designs technologies for schools, according to Chancellor Dennis Walcott. "There is so much potential for technology as a tool that helps students get on track for college and careers — but right now, engineers and developers need a better understanding of the challenges facing New York City and other urban school districts," he said in a statement. Last year, when the Obama administration made $650 million available, another city Innovation Zone program, School of One, won $5 million to develop its computerized math teaching program. (School of One is part of InnovateNYC.) But the city's request for innovation funding for other purposes, such as to open new small schools, was turned down.
September 30, 2011
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
$1 billion on the line for education in Colorado - U.S. News releases best science and math high school rankings - "21st century learning" has even little ones going high-tech - Montbello attacks math problem through fellowships - Boulder Valley school board supports later school start - More than half of Denver schools meeting/exceeding standards
September 23, 2011
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
NCLB waivers in works - Loveland school staffing cuts not as deep as originally thought - 500 Poudre H.S. freshmen get laptops - Polis legislation aims to boost K-12 computer science education - Early achievers losing ground, study finds - Changing rules on educator effectiveness - In classroom of future, stagnant scores.
August 3, 2011
Find your school's 2011 CSAP results
With school starting right around the corner, check out the latest CSAP results in reading, writing, math and science for grades 3-10 to find out how your child's school fared. Overall, scores didn't change a whole lot.
July 29, 2011
New Visions offering training, money to digital-minded teachers
A screenshot from Kelly Vaughan's Digital Teacher Corps submission. (Click to view.) A member of GothamSchools’ founding team, Kelly Vaughan returned to the classroom in…
July 11, 2011
Science in the Rockies offers thrills with learning
A newly minted EdNews Parent charter school and choice expert attends Steve Spangler's Science in the Rockies this summer and tells us all about making science as exciting and fun as it can be.
June 24, 2011
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
Newsweek's list of America's best high schools - Legal fight over school vouchers in Dougco - More Denver schools seek innovation status - Math tutors needed in Denver - St. Vrain looks at longer school year.
June 20, 2011
Ask an Expert: Curbing summer brain drain.
Worried about how much knowledge will drain from your child's brain this summer? Fret no more. This expert offers some excellent - and free - ways to keep your child engaged in learning every day.
June 17, 2011
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
Study: More college freshmen feel "above average" - Fort Collins teachers vows to fight CSAP cheating allegations - Dougco considers teacher performance pay - Eagle schools give teacher bonuses amid cuts.
April 29, 2011
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
Two Colo. teachers earn top honors in math/science - Mixed reaction to teacher eval plans in Colo. - Many H.S. classes 'advanced' in name only - Colo. could ditch more school tests.
April 28, 2011
New Colo. charter schools still accepting apps
Are you still trying to find the right school for your child next year? Here's a list of metro area charter schools opening in the fall, and they're still accepting applications.
April 18, 2011
Editor's blog: Mummified squirrels, recycled tennies & more!
Top four reasons to go on a field trip with your child: A. You have insomnia and are looking for a way to tire yourself out during the day B. You want to see a mummified squirrel C. You want to learn more about recycling D. You want to see how your child behaves outside school.
April 15, 2011
End of CSAP as we know it
Next spring, as students across Colorado sit down to take the statewide summative assessment, they will not see the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) on their desks, state education officials announced today.
March 29, 2011
Tenth grade CSAP a good predictor of ACT scores
A student’s performance on ninth- and 10th-grade CSAP serves as a strong predictor of future results on the Colorado ACT, a recent study found.
March 17, 2011
Help pick the right science fair project for your child
Does your child have a science fair coming up? EdNews Parent went searching for the best science project websites. Get some ideas here.
March 15, 2011
Ask an Expert: Coping with CSAP stress.
A seasoned educational expert offers some sage advice to parents dealing with CSAP stress at home. Tips include movies and a bit of sign language.
February 24, 2011
Science scores suffer in city, especially for older students
More than 60 percent of New York eighth graders scored below basic level on the 2009 NAEP science tests. New York City fourth graders did about as poorly on a national science test in 2009 as those in other large American cities, but the city's eighth graders lag behind their peers. More than 60 percent of city eighth graders scored below basic on the National Assessment of Educational Progress science exams. Nationally, 38 percent of students scored below the basic level, and 56 percent of students in large city school districts did not meet that bar. The city's fourth graders fared better. Still, 44 percent scored below basic on the science tests. In other large cities, roughly the same percentage of students didn't score above the "basic" bar. The Department of Education's Chief Academic Officer, Shael Polakow-Suransky, said that the city was focusing on introducing national "Common Core" standards into classrooms as a strategy to boost achievement in science. The standards include a focus on reading and writing non-fiction and technical texts in subjects like science.
February 9, 2011
Ask an Expert: I have a really smart kid who struggles in school
When you attend parent-teacher conferences, what do you typically hear about your son? Does it vary depending on the content area (reading, writing, math, science, social studies, etc.)? Do his teachers talk about his behavior in a negative way?
January 28, 2011
Week of 1/24/11: Teaching & learning tidbits
Special ed resource fair Saturday; Big changes for Falcon district; Good news in science ed; Obama calls out Denver school; Fort Collins school saved by a vote; Fate of cursive in schools; Aurora hunts truants; State's smallest district ponders future.
January 28, 2011
How to choose the right tutor for your child
Many students struggle in school at some point during their academic career. Math and science can pose the greatest challenges for students. Here are some tips to find the right tutor.
January 21, 2011
Week of 1/17/11: Teaching & learning tidbits
New and improved School Finder in Denver, teacher training - by students, new program for struggling readers, Aurora delays shift in grad requirements, teachers learn online techniques, Colo. gets mixed reviews in Quality Counts, DPS budget boost, and more!
January 7, 2011
Week of 1/3/11: Teaching & learning tidbits
Jeffco ponders school closures, Aurora Middle School teacher honored, National School Choice Week, Q&A with Stand for Children organizers, more schools using iPads, new STEM charter school, efforts to rate teachers face hurdles, Boulder teen parenting program turns 30, education level gaps emerge in Colorado districts.
December 3, 2010
Week of 11/29/10: Teaching & learning tidbits
Colorado's charter school law gets a B, Rhee heads to Florida, Bill Gates says forget small class sizes, $2 million for educator effectiveness in Colo., more students getting diplomas than ever, Colorado's role in global math/science study.
November 5, 2010
Week of Nov. 1: Teaching & learning tidbits
This week's T&L tidbits are juicy indeed: Michelle Rhee's parting words; new tech grants for Colo. schools, an overview on teaching math and science in the nation's schools and a push for social studies to be tested on standardized tests in Colorado.
October 25, 2010
Ask an Expert: Meeting the needs of at-risk students.
In this video, EdNews Parent expert Justin Darnell, the 2010 Colorado Teacher of the Year and a teacher at Bryant-Webster K-8 in Denver, talks about how he finds ways to engage and motivate his seventh grade science students, most of whom are considered "high risk" or "underserved." They're mostly Hispanic and from low-income families.
July 9, 2010
City reopens hiring for ESL, science, Latin, Chinese teachers
With eight weeks to go before the 2010-2011 school year begins, the city is letting principals hire more teachers from outside the school system. An update to the city's year-old teacher hiring freeze means that principals are now free to hire people who are licensed to teach earth science, middle school general science, English as a second language for grades 7-12, Chinese, and Latin, even if they aren't already working in the school system. There are more open positions in these areas than there are teachers whose jobs have been eliminated, according to Department of Education spokeswoman Ann Forte. Principals were already permitted to look outside the city for special education, speech, and some Spanish bilingual subject teachers. New schools are also allowed to bring on new teachers for up to 40 percent of their hires. The most recent change suggests that the city might be starting to get a handle on how principals decided to staff up for the coming school year.
August 3, 2009
DOE: Budget cuts fuel social studies, science score shortfalls
City schools are scoring higher on state math and reading tests, but they remain near the bottom of all districts statewide on science and social studies tests, a situation that schools officials attribute to budget cuts. Although social studies and science scores rose last year, they remain very low compared to scores in the rest of the state. Only five of the city's 32 school districts performed scored at better than the 10th percentile in science, meaning that 90 percent of districts statewide scored better than 27 city districts. In contrast, 18 districts scored at the 10th percentile or higher in math. Even in high-performing districts, fourth and eighth graders perform poorly on science and social studies tests compared to other students in the state. For example, Manhattan's District 2 outperformed 86 percent of districts in the state in math. In reading, District 2 students beat out students in 78 percent of districts. But in science, the district scored in just the 27th percentile, meaning that 73 percent of districts had higher average science scores. The discrepancy, highlighted in the test score comparison tool launched by the New York Times today, gives ammunition to critics who say the city schools have focused so much on math and reading that they have given short shrift to other subjects. The early years of Mayor Bloomberg's Children First reforms did focus most heavily on math and reading, a department spokesman said today. Now, the city is trying to boost science and social studies performance by introducing some of the same strategies that worked for math and reading, such as offering a standardized curriculum in each subject, said the spokesman, Will Havemann.
July 15, 2009
Second set of hiring restrictions lifted, this time in science
New teachers who have wanted to help the city address its severe shortage of science teachers can now be considered for jobs. Until today, the…
June 19, 2009
An after-school science lesson in Harlem
A “bubble science” lesson at an after-school program put on by The After School Corporation at Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower…
March 4, 2009
A 1992 story suggests Julia Stiles might be right about beakers
Can you identify these pieces of science equipment? Julia Stiles says she couldn't when she was in public school. ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/movetheclouds/148893379/##Via Flickr##. The actress Julia Stiles’…
December 10, 2008
The old "new math" in city schools
Educators have been worrying about American students' math performance for decades. 1939 saw the introduction of innovative teaching techniques to some New York City math classrooms: Rather than learning "to compute for the sake of computation," students learned arithmetic by applying it to baseball statistics, electrical bills, and other real-life situations, "informal, human and vital." At the time, some claimed students' failure in high school math classes could be attributed to Regents exams: On the high school level, where algebra, geometry, and trigonometry are still rigid, formalized subjects, a 25 percent failure record still exists. Officials have blamed the Regents examinations, in part, for this condition. The rest of the article is after the jump.
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