Monthly Archives: March 2012

American Association of Universities President in “Inside Higher Ed”: Change needed at research universities

From an essay in Inside Higher Ed by AAU President Hunter Rawlings: The combination of drastic state disinvestment in public universities, student careerism, and pedagogical failings of our own has serious consequences for the country. To take one significant example, … Continue reading

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Know excellent teachers? Nominate for Presidential Teaching Award; Deadline April 1

From an e-mail from Nafeesa Owens, program lead at the NSF for the Presidential Teaching Award Program: Do you know a K-6 teacher who provides excellent mathematics or science instruction to his or her students? Then please consider nominating him … Continue reading

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Physics tops in teacher demand: American Association for Employment in Education

The 2010 report of the American Association for Employment in Education says that physics is the K-12 subject with the highest demand for teachers, according to colleges and universities.  Physics is followed by math, chemistry and a few special education … Continue reading

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The Supply and Demand of High School Physics Teachers: A session of invited talks at the Atlanta APS meeting

The American Physical Society’s Forum on Education is sponsoring a session of invited talks on the recruiting and education of high school physics teachers at the society’s upcoming national meeting in Atlanta.  The session, which will be held on Sunday … Continue reading

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Paul Ruscher in the Tallahassee Democrat on the national science standards: The Whole Thing

Here is a link to Paul Ruscher’s piece on the national science standards that appeared in the March 11 Democrat.

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New report says what’s wrong with middle school science teaching – in California, that is

From the San Jose Mercury News: Budget woes and a focus on English and math testing have contributed to California’s sorely lagging in middle school science education, according to a study published Thursday. Only 14 percent of middle-school science teachers … Continue reading

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Which university will choose to be Florida’s version of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County?

The University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC) is the nation’s leader in expanding the pool of scientists and engineers, as you can see in this Washington Post article. Which Florida university will choose to become our state’s version of … Continue reading

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An industrial policy for education: how we will make decisions on educational priorities

An article in today’s Miami Herald describes a report released by Miami-Dade’s “economic development partnership,” called the “Beacon Council,” on the council’s “Education Assets Inventory” that was released yesterday.  The report provides a glimpse of how the public education system is … Continue reading

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From the journal Science: Teachers’ effectiveness rises during first four years of career, but the most dramatic gains occur in chemistry and physics

An article in the March 2 issue of Science (Vol. 335, p. 1118-1121) demonstrates that while teacher effectiveness rises during the first four years of a teacher’s career in all subjects, the gains are most dramatic in chemistry and physics. … Continue reading

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Magnet Lab’s Roxanne Hughes honored for work on why women leave STEM majors

From an FSU media release: Back when Roxanne Hughes was teaching high school science and coaching track, she noticed an inherent difference between boys and girls — both in the classroom and on the field. Boys, it seemed, were supremely … Continue reading

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