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Sure my studio physics students improved their physics understanding at a world-class rate. But shouldn't I/we be doing better?

The students in my studio physics class posted a world-class normalized learning gain this semester. So why am I so unhappy with it? And what should I do about it? My studio physics class posted a normalized learning gain of … Continue reading

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Will 2020 be the inflection point year for Florida’s K-12 system?

Governor DeSantis’s teacher salary proposal has put Florida’s K-12 schools and the most important component of those schools – the teacher corps – at the forefront of the agenda for the 2020 session of the Legislature. But there are even … Continue reading

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What I learned from elementary and middle school parents at the Orange County Public Schools Super STEM Saturday event: They are hungry for information that can help them guide their kids.

Outreach to parents is a powerful and generally neglected way of improving the preparation of students for college STEM majors. At Saturday’s Orange County Public Schools Super STEM Saturday event, which was attended by hundreds of students from elementary and … Continue reading

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My presentation to parents for the Orange County Public Schools Super STEM Saturday event on December 7

I will be using the power point shown here to talk with parents at this week’s Super STEM Saturday event. The slides are displayed below. You can download a pdf of the presentation – which includes a few bonus slides … Continue reading

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Orange County Public Schools Super STEM Saturday is coming this Saturday, December 7. And I will be there!

The Orange County Public Schools annual Super STEM Saturday event is being held this coming Saturday, December 7, at Apopka High School. I’ll be there to visit with the parents of the participants in two presentations at 11 am and … Continue reading

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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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