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December 11, 2012
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  • Texas superintendent makes STEM education top priority
    Michael McFarland, superintendent of the Lancaster school system in Texas has made science, technology, engineering and math education one of the top priorities of his tenure, including plans to transform all school campuses into hubs for STEM learning. "Our current education system, the way it is now, it's not happening," McFarland said. To change the course, "we've designed a model that will expose kids in pre-K through high school to STEM," he added. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (12/10)
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Assessment for Instruction and Learning
In the last decade, there has been a growing movement toward integrating assessment in instruction and learning. Research (Black & William, 1998; Vygotsky, 1978; and Heritage, 2010) has shown that embedding assessment opportunities for teachers and students provides insights into student progress in the moments of learning, maximizes learning, and moves learning forward. Access the free white paper.

  • N.J. high-school program teaches students about agri-science
    Students at Somerset County Vocational-Technical High School in New Jersey are learning agricultural science in a program that fuses math, science and cutting-edge industry technology. Some students have studied sugar and ethanol production, while other curriculum units cover the use of bacteria in toxic-waste elimination. "These are topics that college students are studying," teacher Erik Fargo said. (Somerville, N.J.) (12/10) Email this Story

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  • What an MBA can do for an IT professional's career
    IT professionals who aim for a master's degree should focus on an executive-level role they want to secure, Dave Ballai of Reed Technology & Information Services says. Those seeking an MBA, for example, should keep their tech skills honed and build their management skills, Ballai says. "The MBA ensures exposure to business disciplines that are critical to your developing a holistic view of business," he says. Computerworld (12/10)
  • Sign language expands to include science terms
    Learning science and pursuing science careers can be challenging for students who are deaf because of a lack of universally accepted signs for most scientific terms. However, crowdsourcing projects at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., and the Scottish Sensory Centre at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland are creating new signs for technical terms and distributing them online. "We not only want to provide support, we want to raise aspirations, to say to people, 'you can do this,' " said Peter Main, director of education and science for the Institute of Physics in London. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/3)
How to Flip Your Students' Engagement
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  • CWRC Academy application
    ACT Inc. is now accepting applications for Round III of the Certified Work Ready Communities Academy! The application is available is available online; applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until three additional states have been selected. The final deadline is Jan. 31; any applications received after that date, or after the slots are filled, will be held for first consideration in the next round. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Chris Baucom.
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