Monthly Archives: November 2016

2015 TIMSS: Physics is the world’s capstone high school science course. It should be Florida’s as well.

The 2015 TIMSS results released yesterday were not big news.  What TIMSS told us about student achievement in math and science in elementary and middle school we already knew from the recent releases of 2015 NAEP results, both at the … Continue reading

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Bay District Schools aiming higher: STEM advocate Ginger Littleton elected board chair

Most people in the nation who know Ginger Littleton’s name know her as the Bay District School Board member who tried to disarm a gunman by swinging her purse at him when the Board was being held hostage in 2010. … Continue reading

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Another small victory: FSU Physics Department’s undergraduate program national distinction recognized in local paper…sort of

If you can’t get into the local paper’s news section, at least take a crack at getting onto the opinion page. Exhibit A:  “FSU physics department named in top 5” on the opinion page of Tuesday’s Tallahassee Democrat. The advantage … Continue reading

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Frequent failures and small victories – that’s my way forward for improving STEM readiness for K-12 students

Late last summer, I traveled to visit with the faculty of a small arts-oriented charter school in South Florida.  I had been invited by the school’s founders, who were individuals I had hoped to have an opportunity to meet.  So … Continue reading

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Here is the most important development in undergraduate education in the State of Florida this year: FSU’s Physics Department cited as a national model

The most important thing that any public educational institution in Florida can do is help a broad range of students from all backgrounds access the most economically robust career paths. According to a report recently issued by a national task … Continue reading

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John Padget’s departure from the SBOE: It just got a little tougher to improve STEM career readiness in Florida

As if it were scripted, Florida’s State Board of Education provided a golden illustration at yesterday’s meeting – the last for Board Vice Chair John Padget – of why Padget’s departure from the Board will make the campaign to improve … Continue reading

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Research says that the Florida Critical Teacher Shortage Program worked. So redirect the Best and Brightest money to reinstate it.

At the September meeting of the State Board of Education, the Board adopted a legislative budget request that called for discontinuing the much-maligned Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program, which awards bonuses to teachers based on two dubious metrics … Continue reading

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