Monthly Archives: March 2015

Sherman Dorn says Florida’s elementary-level reading success was really about reading coaches. What does that say about what it would take to improve math and science achievement in Florida’s elementary schools?

When Sherman Dorn decided to leave Florida, he ended up in Arizona. But his decision-making isn’t always that bad. Sherman, who is now Director of the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation at Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers’ … Continue reading

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FSU trails SUS in production of bachelors’ degrees in science and engineering

Despite FSU’s success over the decades in nuclear physics, materials science, meteorology, chemistry and the life sciences, the university still trails Florida’s State University System in the production of bachelors’ degrees in science and engineering.  In 2012-13, FSU awarded 11.98% … Continue reading

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Which “accelerated” high school courses actually advance a student toward a bachelor’s degree in a science, math or engineering field?

AICE Marine Science is all the rage in Palm Beach County, and as the Palm Beach Post reports “accelerated” AP, IB and AICE classes can make money for the schools themselves. But do these “accelerated” classes really help students progress toward bachelors’ … Continue reading

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Orange County Public Schools Hall of Fame selections include former Miss America but leave out award winning black physicist

The Orange County public school district may have won the Broad Prize, but last week’s announcement of the inaugural class for the district’s Hall of Fame shows that the district still has some growing to do. The class of six … Continue reading

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Prerequisites are optional at Florida State University

Update (4:45 pm, Friday 3/20):  An anonymous source assures me that Tallahassee Community College has been checking prerequisites in its student registration system for at least 15 years. ——————————————————————————————————– Courses like the first calculus-based introductory physics class taken by majors … Continue reading

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Why is AICE overtaking AP in Palm Beach County? Here’s the scoop in science.

The Palm Beach Post reported that AICE course registrations are overtaking AP course registrations in Palm Beach County schools.  According to the Post, there are about 10,500 AICE registrations this year, compared to about 11,300 AP registrations. Of course, science is a fairly … Continue reading

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Salaries for new bachelor’s degree grads – from the American Community Survey…

…via fivethirtyeight.com. I showed this figure to both students and parents during my visit with FSU President John Thrasher to Orlando Science Schools on Thursday.

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Does the Florida Legislature have a golden opportunity to improve Bright Futures?

Two Republican legislators – Senator Anitere Flores and Representative Jeannette Nunez – have filed bills (SB 1546 and HB 1275) proposing to partially reverse the recently legislated increases in minimum SAT and ACT scores for Bright Futures scholarships and instead raise minimum high … Continue reading

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The magic of evidence-based teaching, the myth of efficiency and the “butts-in-seats” model

Learning physics is critical for a wide range of careers, but both learning and teaching physics can be challenging and frustrating.  Fortunately, physics educators like myself can draw upon decades of tremendous research on how students learn physics and what … Continue reading

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Physics teacher education – where it’s going well (and no, it’s not in Florida)

The American Physical Society has published a list of colleges and universities that have graduated five or more new bachelor’s-level physics teachers in a single year sometime in the last three academic years.  You can see the list of individual … Continue reading

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