Monthly Archives: November 2019

Are you a policy-maker who thinks it is OK to not be a math person? Read this from the Harvard Business Review by the President of Barnard College.

This piece by Barnard College President Sian Beilock published in the Harvard Business Review in October caught my eye especially because of the last few paragraphs, which are reproduced below. But it’s worth reading the whole thing. Finally, we need … Continue reading

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What Orange County Public Schools is trying to do with its Calculus Project is really, really hard – and really, really important

What Orange County Public Schools is trying to do with its Calculus Project – give students from disadvantaged backgrounds equitable access to bachelor’s degree-level STEM careers – is really, really hard and really, really important. The article on the Calculus … Continue reading

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Dear Business Leaders: If you want your city (or state) to be a “talent capital”, you’ll need more great teachers, and your students will need to learn math and science.

In what was apparently intended to be a stirring call to arms for Tallahassee’s business community, the President of the Moore Communications Group, Terrie Ard, wrote an op-ed for the Tallahassee Democrat titled “Let’s make Tallahassee Florida’s talent capital”. She … Continue reading

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If you care about your students, you review their work so that you can see how they are learning.

If your goal in teaching your college class (mine is in physics, of course) is to have students learn your discipline, then you evaluate them carefully taking advantage of both research on learning and your experience to construct assessments. And … Continue reading

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Take me up on my offer: I’ll talk with parents of high school students anywhere about preparing students for college in a way that keeps the widest possible range of career options open. Really.

Parents have always been the deciders when it comes to their children’s education. Nowadays, Florida parents have more educational options than ever before. But do our state’s parents have all the information they need to make decisions that would keep … Continue reading

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Recovering Bay County makes a statement by inducting more than 200 middle school students into the Future Physicists of Florida

On Monday night, Bay County inducted more than 200 middle school students into the Future Physicists of Florida during a standing-room-only ceremony at FSU’s Panama City campus. It was the first such induction ceremony since last year’s Hurricane Michael. By … Continue reading

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Florida is behind most states in high school physics course-taking, and that is not OK.

Physics is the high school science course that is the gateway to bachelor’s degree-level STEM careers. A student who decides to major in engineering, the physical sciences, computer science or the life and health sciences but shows up at college … Continue reading

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Future Physicists of Florida to induct 227 Bay County middle school students on Monday as program resumes a year after Hurricane Michael

The Dr. James T. and Jana L. Cook FSU-Panama City chapter of the Future Physicists of Florida will induct 227 students from Bay District middle schools this coming Monday, November 18.  The ceremony will begin at 6:00 pm at FSU-PC’s … Continue reading

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An argument for a large teacher raise package: What it would do for students in math and science

In September – out of sheer desperation – I wrote to Governor DeSantis to plead for a large teacher raise package. It worked its way through the letter-to-governor pipeline and came out the other end a few weeks ago when … Continue reading

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Florida’s black students on the road to bachelor’s degree-level STEM careers: Underrepresentation in STEM-track math courses intensifies in high school

Taking Algebra 1 in middle school and a first calculus course in high school are two of the mile markers on the road to entering college well-prepared to major in fields like engineering, computer science and the physical, life and … Continue reading

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