Tag Archives: K-12

PEI FREE Online Workshop 6 STEM Clock Hours

During the last decade of working as a consultant one of my favorite partners to collaborate with has been Pacific Education Institute. They provide excellent free materials focused on getting students outside engaging in authentic science and engineering tasks.

There is an opportunity coming up soon to join PEI for an online workshop on Designing Field Investigations.

See information below and click HERE for the registration form. (I wish I wasn’t booked on these days so I could join in!)

Below is information from PEI:

This is a FREE workshop in three components:

  • Jan 11, 4pm – 6pm (ZOOM)
  • Asynchronous Tasks (approximately 2 hours)
  • Jan 25, 4pm – 6pm (ZOOM)

Participants completing all three components will receive 6 Washington State approved STEM clock hours and the opportunity to earn an implementation stipend.


Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future

The National Academies Press recently released a new FREE science education publication titled Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future. You can read the document HERE in your browser, download the PDF, or purchase a hardcopy.

I have not read the publication yet but the titles of the chapters are telling:

  • Why Better, More Equitable Science Education Should Be a National Priority
  • A Vision for Better, More Equitable Science Education
  • How Far Are We from This Vision for Students?
  • How Do We Get There?
  • Recommendations

This looks like a great summer read for anyone working in science (STEM) education.

Below is some text from the report:

To provide high-quality teaching and learning in science, our nation, states, and communities must reframe the way they think about students from kindergarten through college. Students do not learn best by passively soaking up bits of information and then regurgitating it through multiple-choice tests and other simple measures designed to assess factual knowledge. Rather, from the earliest ages, children and youth are actively working to make sense of the world. They are capable of asking questions, gathering data, evaluating evidence, and generating new insights, just as professional scientists do.

Currently, however, far too many students at all levels are learning science by reading about it in a textbook, sitting back and passively listening to lectures, and memorizing disconnected facts. These approaches leave many students bored and asking a question that is far too often uttered in American schools: “What does science have to do with my life?” Worse, too many students perceive science as inaccessible, as a discipline consigned to an elite few who are willing to persist in a system that uses antiquated instructional practices. Worse still, lacking role models, students of color may not consider science as a potential career. The end result is that our nation ends up retaining a few and weeding out many—a practice that results in substantial inequities and an American citizenry of science “haves” and science “have-nots” .

Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future (2021, The National Academies Press)

Provide Feedback on the DRAFT NGSS PEEC- Alignment Document

The first draft of the NGSS Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria for Alignment (PEEC-Alignment) is now available for review and feedback. This should be a useful tool for reviewing instructional materials and for modifying and creating instructional materials.

Click HERE to review the PEEC-Alignment document as a PDF or Word document. Then you can provide feedback HERE by July 1, 2015.

Here is a piece of text from the front matter of the document on p. 2:

First, a few words about PEEC-Alignment. The acronym is intentionally a play on words. In one sense, the evaluation is a peek, or a quick look at a program. In another sense, this document describes a peak, the highest point, principal, or most important features of NGSS-aligned programs. PEEC-Alignment is designed to achieve both of these important goals.

Science & Minigolf

I was reading the Science Cheerleader’s blog and thought I would share this too. NPR’s Science Friday recently featured an unusual Mini Golf Park where kids play miniature gold and learn scientific concepts. Sounds like I need to take a trip to New York. See the embedded clip below and visit the NPR article.

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