Teaching Opinion

Focusing In on Science Learning

Highly qualified science teachers are in short supply in the United States. What is keeping prospective science teachers out of the classroom? And how can education leaders ensure that there is parity in science classrooms across all districts and for all students? What do the numbers reveal about the quality and parity of science learning? Education Week Commentary editors challenged classroom teachers, teacher-educators, and researchers to tackle these questions and propose new ideas for improving science instruction. For more insight on the science-teaching landscape, a panel of business and STEM leaders from across the country offer their thoughts on what we might be overlooking in this conversation.

Advice From the Science Classroom: Better support and professional development for science teachers could eventually attract more students to science, writes educator Justin Louie.
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Recruitment & Retention Opinion Advice From the Science Classroom
Better support and professional development for science teachers could eventually attract more students to science, writes educator Justin Louie.
Justin Louie, October 25, 2016
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A Bigger, Better STEM Field Begins With Teachers: As we develop a clearer blueprint for good science education, more teacher professional development is needed, writes educator Jen Gutierrez.
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Federal Opinion A Bigger, Better STEM Field Begins With Teachers
As we develop a clearer blueprint for good science education, more teacher professional development is needed, writes educator Jen Gutierrez.
Jen Gutierrez, October 25, 2016
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The Key to Good Science Teaching: Good continuous learning for science teachers looks a lot like what we want for students, writes researcher Kirsten Daehler.
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Professional Development Opinion The Key to Good Science Teaching
Good continuous learning for science teachers looks a lot like what we want for students, writes researcher Kirsten Daehler.
Kirsten Daehler, October 25, 2016
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What It Takes to Teach Science in a Rural School: For rural science teachers, a command of subject matter and pedagogy isn’t enough, write Jessica Weller and Lynn A. Bryan of Purdue University.
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Student Well-Being Opinion What It Takes to Teach Science in a Rural School
For rural science teachers, a command of subject matter and pedagogy isn’t enough, write Jessica Weller and Lynn A. Bryan of Purdue University.
Jessica Weller & Lynn A. Bryan, October 25, 2016
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Is STEM Education in Permanent Crisis?: Perpetual and wide-spread STEM teacher shortages in the Unites States are holding students back, writes UTeach’s Michael Marder.
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Science Opinion Is STEM Education in Permanent Crisis?
Perpetual and widespread STEM teacher shortages in the Unites States are holding students back, writes UTeach's Michael Marder.
Michael Marder, October 25, 2016
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