UW Institute Spring Newsletter

We have just published the Institute's Spring 2013 Newsletter. It provides critical information about the final version of the Next Generation Science Standards and describes a range of Institute projects that support the vision outlined in the Standards and the vision for K-12 science education in the associated National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education. Please forward the newsletter to teachers and other stakeholders interested in supporting this new vision for K-12 science education.

Video: Ellen Ebert, OSPI - State Level Implementation of Next Gen Science Standards

The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has posted the seventh video recording from the recent UW Summit on K-12 Science Education. Read on to review the presentation from the summit: State Level Implementation of Next Gen Science Standards, Ellen Ebert, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and the associated Next Generation Science Standards . The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has now hosted the first of two public events to provide an overview of this new vision.

Teachers and Researchers Collaborate to Scale Innovations in Teaching

Sustained improvement in STEM education will require significant shifts in practice, including how researchers and practitioners generate and share knowledge. In contrast to the ubiquitous "research-to-practice" model, the Institute is advancing an effort to integrate researcher knowledge with practitioner wisdom. Researchers and practitioners will work shoulder-to-shoulder to weave together creative solutions to leading problems of instructional practice.

Video: Carrie Tzou, UW Bothell - Equity-focused Approaches for Working with Preservice Science Teachers

The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has posted the sixth video recording from the recent UW Summit on K-12 Science Education. Read on to review the presentation from the summit: Equity-focused Approaches for Working with Preservice Science Teachers, Carrie Tzou, University of Washington Bothell. A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and the associated Next Generation Science Standards . The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has now hosted the first of two public events to provide an overview of this new vision.

Designing Indigenous Early Childhood Science Education

Children in an indigenous eraly childhood program engage in science investigations across multiple settings.

Improving science education and early childhood education are increasingly higher priorities in education reform. How these efforts will impact Indigenous communities is not always clear. In an effort to harness these movements in positive and community-driven ways, the Institute through a collaborative project with the Menominee Nation, the Chicago Native community, and Northwestern University, has been developing early childhood science learning environment, in both formal and informal settings.

Video: Mark Windschitl & Jessica Thompson, UW Seattle - Tools for Ambitious Science Teaching

The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has posted the fifth video recording from the recent UW Summit on K-12 Science Education. Read on to review the presentation from the summit: Tools for Ambitious Science Teaching, presented by Mark Windschitl & Jessica Thompson, University of Washington Seattle. A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and the associated Next Generation Science Standards . The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has now hosted the first of two public events to provide an overview of this new vision.

Creating Afterschool Programs to Apprentice Girls into Science

Research shows that informal learning environments can uniquely help youth from non-dominant communities engage in powerful science learning and come to identify with science (see the NRC Learning Science in Informal Environments volume for details). However, more research is needed to better understand the learning processes associated with different communities.

Video: Andrew Shouse, UW Seattle - Science Learning with Young Children

Shouse presents at summit

The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has posted the fourth video recording from the recent UW Summit on K-12 Science Education. Read on to review this presentation from the summit: Science Learning with Young Children, presented by Andrew Shouse, University of Washington, Seattle. A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and the associated Next Generation Science Standards . The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has now hosted the first of two public events to provide an overview of this new vision.

Supporting Teachers in Shifting Classroom Practice

An artificial line dividing "research" and "implementation" has often been drawn at the classroom door. Institute projects move back and forth across this line. We work with teachers to design practices and refine them through implementation in the classroom. We are focused on supporting teachers to shift their instructional practice, systematically documenting the results in the classroom, and feeding results back into the process.

Video: Megan Bang, UW Seattle - Cultural Perspectives on Learning & Implications for Educational Equity

The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has posted the third video recording from the recent UW Summit on K-12 Science Education. Read on to review this presentation from the summit: Cultural Perspectives on Learning & Implications for Educational Equity, presented by Megan Bang, University of Washington Seattle. A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and the associated Next Generation Science Standards . The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has now hosted the first of two public events to provide an overview of this new vision.

New ‘Game-Changing’ Science Education Standards Draw on UW Research

Researchers from the University of Washington's Institute of Science + Math Education have played a critical role in developing revolutionary new K-12 science standards aimed at engaging more students at younger ages, in meaningful, real-world scientific and engineering investigations.

Video: Dan Gallagher, Seattle Public Schools - School District Implementation of Next Gen Science Standards

The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has posted the second video recording from the recent UW Summit on K-12 Science Education. Read on to review this presentation from the summit: School District Implementation of Next Gen Science Standards, presented by Dan Gallagher, Seattle Public Schools. A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and the associated Next Generation Science Standards . The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has now hosted the first of two public events to provide an overview of this new vision.

Designing Next-Gen Instructional Materials that Support Ambitious Learning Goals for All Students

The new vision in the NRC Framework and the Next Gen Science Standards call for instruction that engages students in personally relevant, extended investigations where they use science and engineering research practices to learn disciplinary core ideas while making connections to broad cross-cutting concepts (or themes). New curricula and instructional materials are needed to support students in this kind of learning experience to accomplish the new K-12 learning goals across subjects.

Video: Philip Bell, UW Seattle - Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Today's Students and Tomorrow's Workforce

The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has posted the first video recording from the recent UW Summit on K-12 Science Education. Read on to review the first presentation from the summit, Dr. Philip Bell providing the 2013 summit overview. A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and the associated Next Generation Science Standards .

New learning goals should guide K-12 STEM education for the next decade

A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education are outline in the recently released Next Generation Science Standards. The standards were developed based on a new consensus vision, built upon consensus findings of research on science learning and teaching and described in the National Research Councils A Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Project Update: Research+Practice Collaboratory

With an $8 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Institute for Science + Math Education (ISME) researchers—in collaboration with the Exploratorium in San Francisco; University of Colorado, Boulder; TERC; EDC, and Inverness Research—have formed a Research+Practice Collaboratory to strengthen connections between research and practice in K-12 STEM education and engage in instructional improvement across formal and informal settings.

Update: Project COOL: Creating Afterschool Programs to Apprentice Girls into Science

Research shows that informal learning environments can uniquely help youth from non-dominant communities engage in powerful science learning and come to identify with science. Project COOL: Chemical Oceanography Outside the Lab is a three-quarter sequence that brings together geoscientists and undergraduates to work with middle school youth in an afterschool science program in South Seattle. UW Oceanography and the Institute for Science + Math Education collaborated to conceive of this NSF-funded design-based research effort.

Video Collection of the UW Summit on the Future of K-12 Science Education

A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and have been embedded in the Next Generation Science Standards derived from the Framework. In May 2013, the UW Institute for Science + Math Education hosted two public events to provide an overview of this new vision. A panel of researchers and practitioners involved in this work presented on the following implementation topics.

Project Update: Agency in Sustained Problem-Based Inquiry: Learning Science Through and As Innovation

The DRK12 project is now in its third year with three redesigned fifth grade science units; namely, My Skokomish River Challenge, My Solution to Pollution, and Algae Invasion. My Skokomish River Challenge is in its third enactment. In Spring 2012 My Solution to Pollution was enacted for the first time, followed by The Algae Invasion which is currently being implemented in two participating schools in Bellevue.

Project Update: STEM Education, Rigor, and Equity in a Comprehensive High School

The first phase of collaboration has focused on supporting teachers working together in Design Teams--small cohorts of subject-specific teachers--as they collaborate on the re-design of curriculum. Institute support varies throughout the project, ranging from providing evidence from the literature to reinforce curriculum decisions to conducting student focus groups that provide student feedback for teacher consideration and implementation.

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