Our Precipitating Change project has been exploring the science of weather and weather prediction with students in Alaska. We’ve been assisted by someone many Alaska students recognize, Jackie Purcell, chief meteorologist at KTUU Channel 2 in Anchorage. Jackie gets around, and not just on television. At the Alaska State Fair, “I run into folks from […]
We are delighted to announce that our Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) has earned the Research-Based Design product certification from Digital Promise. The new product certification is intended to serve as a rigorous, reliable signal for consumers, including school administrators, educators, and families looking for evidence of research-based educational technology products. CODAP is easy-to-use […]
Alaska is a place of superlatives. It is so big it encompassed four time zones until 1983, after which most of the state, except for the far western Aleutian Islands, was consolidated into what’s known today as the Alaska Time Zone. Its weather is colossal, too, blowing so fierce and frigid in the winter it […]
Constructing a coherent picture of the multiple complex biological processes involved in evolution is challenging—more so because of how evolution is taught in school. “One of the barriers to students understanding evolution is that we have all these processes that can be involved with evolution, but students don’t learn about them in the same context,” […]
Rebecca Ellis is a postdoctoral researcher who earned her Ph.D. in curriculum, instruction, and teacher education at Michigan State University. So why does she get “carded” every time she goes into a high school to conduct research? “A teacher asked me once if I’d like to sign up for driver’s ed.” She understands that she […]
Craig Beaulieu has set a goal for this school year: to wear a different tie dye shirt every day. He’s on target so far. “As teachers, I feel that we teach in Neverland,” he says. “It is the adults that are getting older while all the children remain in the same age range.” He believes teaching helps him stay young at heart and live a fulfilled life. Wearing colorful shirts to school may help, too.
Challenged by how to teach the complex topics of genetics and evolution in an integrated way? Then don’t miss Concord Consortium’s upcoming Connected Biology presentation at the National Association of Biology Teachers annual professional development conference in Chicago (November 14-17, 2019). Three high school biology teachers who have piloted ConnectedBio’s technology-enhanced lessons and hands-on manipulatives […]
Kathleen Reynolds found her way to teaching after earning a bachelor’s degree in art history and then spending 20 years at home raising her children. When it came time to think about what to do next, she fondly remembered teaching nature lessons and maple sugaring at The Children’s Museum in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and volunteering at an inner city day camp for five- and six-year-olds during college. “Becoming an early childhood educator seemed to be a good fit for me.” She’s been teaching kindergarten ever since—19 years.
“Only by making sense of what they are seeing and doing can students truly appreciate what science is and what scientists need to do to better understand our world,” says Ed Crandall.
He brings this sense of adventure to his life and his teaching. When backpacking in Alaska and hiking in Zion National Park, the extreme beauty nearly crumpled him. Ed was equally moved when he first saw Maxwell’s equations in a physics lecture. He now laughs about “being brought to tears by math.”
Khamphet (Phet) Pease had been teaching STEAM elective classes at Wilson Middle School for five years when she was named one of the five San Diego County Teachers of the Year in 2015. She was invited to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a San Diego Padres game. She continues to teach at Wilson—and to be recognized. This year she won an NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award, which celebrates formal and informal educators who encourage young women’s interest and participation in technology pursuits.