• Education

    ‘These are the facts’: Black educators silenced from teaching America’s racist past | US education

    History teacher Valanna White filed into the auditorium the first week of August for the customary back-to-school all-staff meeting at Walker Valley high school in Cleveland, Tennessee. What she heard shifted her outlook for the coming school year. On 1 July, a new law took effect banning the teaching of critical race theory in Tennessee public schools. White listened intently as a school district official gave a vague overview informing the group that critical race theory was prohibited, though without fully explaining what critical race theory entails. Instead, teachers were told a list of actions – such as discussing racial discrimination – that were forbidden. White left the meeting confused…

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  • Online School

    Staci Turner’s connection to middle school kids vital to teaching them online

    Teaching middle schoolers can be quite a challenge. They are right at the angsty age where they are really finding out who they will become in the next few years before heading off to high school. Those in seventh and eighth grade are often more self-aware than elementary school students, and in some cases, more serious than their high school counterparts. One teacher rising to the task and striking an almost perfect balance is Lee Middle School’s own Staci Turner. “She is an incredibly caring person and has provided a lot of that social-emotional support to our students and our staff,” said Lee Principal Shelley Friery. “She goes above and…

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  • Science

    Record education budget aims to improve teaching in math, science

    Alabama lawmakers and educators are working on a plan to attract more qualified teachers in math and science, an effort to fix a shortage of teachers trained to teach those subjects. The Teacher Excellence and Accountability for Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) program would create a new pay scale for math and science teachers in grades 6-12 starting next school year. They could earn as much as about $16,000 more than teachers of other subjects with the same levels of experience and education. The Senate approved the plan Thursday, along with a record $7.7 billion education budget for fiscal year 2022, which starts Oct. 1. The Senate approved start-up funding for…

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  • Science

    Erika Shugart Selected as New Executive Director of the National Science Teaching Association

    Ph.D. Scientist and Long-time Leader in Informal Science Education and Science Communication Selected to Lead Nation’s Science Educators Organization The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all, today announced that Erika Shugart will become the association’s new Executive Director starting March 8. “We are thrilled that Erika will lead the NSTA team,” said Elizabeth Allan, NSTA President. “She has extensive experience leading a non-profit organization, and is a recognized leader in both informal science education and science communication. Erika is a bold visionary, and truly passionate about science and STEM education. She is exactly…

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  • Science

    Teaching youth science skills using wild birds nets UT extension agent a national award

    IMAGE: Through lessons about birds and birding, University of Tennessee Extension 4-H agent Andrew Lantz of Davison County, Tennessee, helps youth develop their abilities in STEM subjects and citizen science. Late… view more  Credit: Image by A. Lantz, courtesy UTIA. KNOXVILLE, TN — Lessons for youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics don’t have to use robotics, rockets or geographic information system mapping, although all are often employed. STEM learning can be as simple as observing the natural world around us. And learning to do so turns youth into citizen scientists. Andrew Lantz, a 4-H youth development agent with University of Tennessee-Tennessee State University Extension Davidson County, uses wild birds to…

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  • Home Schooling

    Ireland’s Fittest Family’s Derval says homeschooling is ‘special kind of hell’ and she’s ‘useless’ at teaching daughter

    DERVAL O’Rourke has said homeschooling is a “special kind of hell”. As the nation’s parents prepare to teach their children from home for the second time due to Covid-19 while also juggling work, Derval will be doing the same.  4 Derval said she is ‘useless’ at being a teacher for daughter DafneCredit: Kyran O’Brien 4 The mum-of-two said she found it hard to work and look after the kids in lockdown 4 Derval is back for a new series of Ireland’s Fittest Family with host Mairead Ronan and fellow coaches, Davy, Donncha and AnnaCredit: Kyran O’Brien And the top athlete said she is “useless” at being the teacher for her…

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  • Science

    Teaching science through a social justice and racially inclusive lens (opinion)

    When I first learned about the new coronavirus from my 13-year-old son, I confess to dismissing it as inconsequential. Shortly thereafter, I had to eat my words. Shelter-in-place orders required heroic efforts on the part of faculty and staff members in the department of biology at San Francisco State University to completely shift our curriculum, including dozens of lab classes (both wet lab and field classes), to a remote format. Alas, just as we were celebrating the successful completion of spring semester, it became clear that the pandemic was far from over. On top of that, multiple examples of ongoing anti-Black racism added an even more wrenching gut punch. The…

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