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The California STEM Learning Network Releases New STEM Toolkit

The California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) has recently released a report and supplement toolkit with resources to help advocates built a strong foundation of STEM and science education in schools' L

CalSAC and the California Academy of Sciences Partner to Create 'Science Action Clubs' Program

Register now to stay informed about news regarding the new 'Science Action Clubs' Program developed by the California School-Age Consortium and the California Academy of Sciences!

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Creative Educator

Looking for ideas to engage your students across the curriculum? Check out Creative Educator for project-based learning, professional development, and other resources. Creative Educator focuses on effective ideas and strategies to foster creativity and engage students in the curriculum. Articles are designed to provide you with an informed and diverse view of today’s educational technology field, including fresh ideas about project-based learning, classroom management, and creativity.

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Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Between 2011 and 2014, Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), created easy-to-read briefs on STEM education, by bringing together research and practice of interest to educators, policy-makers, funders, and STEM thought leaders. Topics included: connecting informal and formal STEM education; preparing and supporting STEM educators; college and career readiness; specialized STEM secondary schools; increasing STEM achievement; engineering; early education (prek-3); and CTE pathways/middle-skills education.

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Achieve Releases Classroom Assessment Tasks

Achieve recently released the Draft Classroom Assessment Tasks using the Next Generation Science Standards. Educators are invited and encouraged feedback on how the tasks can be improved in order to support high quality learning. The Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks incorporates content, practices, and concepts from both the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards to highlight the importance of STEM learning in the classroom. There are currently nine available draft middle and high school tasks accessible to educators. 

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STEM Data Explorer Shows Areas for Improvement

It's no secret that the students in the United States have fallen behind their global peers academically, particularly in math and science. The National Science Board – the governing body of the National Science Foundation – on Wednesday released a new tool based on its "Science and Engineering Indicators" report that presents the data in a user-friendly way for parents, educators and policymakers. The tool enables them to take a big-picture look at areas related to education and jobs in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12: 2014

This year, science teachers and mentors have been challenged to meet the high expectations of the Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.

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NSTA Recommendations

Exemplars real-world investigations for grades K–8 are designed to captivate students' interests and provide support for STEM education. Our inquiry-based tasks include rich teaching notes, interdisciplinary links, assessment rubrics, and annotated anchor papers. Our materials have alignments to math and national STEM concepts, and they support the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12: 2014

This year, science teachers and mentors have been challenged to meet the high expectations of the Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Startup Spotlight: Play Works Studio develops games to get girls excited about programming, science

Two years ago at a Startup Weekend Women’s Edition event, former Amazon and Microsoft user experience designer Adriana Moscatelli was inspired to address the gender imbalance in the tech industry. She wanted to create a tool that made learning science and technology skills fun for kids — and especially girls.

That’s exactly what Moscatelli has built with Play Works Studio, a startup backed by the National Science Foundation that develops games to teach programming, math, and science to kids.

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