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Good Thinking! named a Finalist for Best Learning Resources from Association of American Publishers

March 29, 2017

The Smithsonian Science Education Center is honored to announce that Good Thinking!: The Science of Teaching Science was named a REVERE Awards finalist in CLASSROOM- Professional Resources- Innovation. In the company of a diverse group of innovative and rich educational resources, Good Thinking!’s achievement shows the exceptional quality of the product which was designed to support K-12 science educators through targeted short-format videos that explore common student ideas and misconceptions.   

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Call for Ideas: Teacher Leadership Summit (May 5-7)

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May 5-7, 2017
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SSEC Director Invited to Moderate Panel at U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference

March 27, 2017

Many schools across the country are trying to appeal to women and minority students by focusing on projects with strong real-world connections – biomedical engineers building health care devices for low-income communities, for instance, or computer science students addressing environmental concerns through innovative software or apps. Dr. Carol O'Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Education Center, will moderate the panel "Making STEM Matter: The Value of Experiential Learning and Grand Challenges," in which several schools will discuss the success they have found in enrolling and engaging more underrepresented students by integrating service and hands-on inquiry-based learning into their curricula. To register for the event, go to: usnewsstemsolutions.com/2017-conference-registration/

German President of ECO Science Foundation Visits German Science Education Program Modeled After SSEC's the 5 Pillars of LASER

March 27, 2017 

President ECOSF Dr. Manzoor Soomro of Bonn, Germany visited the German "TuWaS!" (Technik und Naturwissenschaften an Schulen, Technology and Science in Schools) in Cologne on March 8, 2017. "TuWaS!" promotes inquiry-based science education (IBSE) in primary schools in Germany. It was founded in 2007 as a cooperation between the Freie University Berlin, led by Professor Petra Skiand, the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and is based on the five pillars of the Smithsonian Science Education Center's LASER model: 1) professional development of teachers, (2) providing teaching material, which is (3) curriculum based, (4) the involvement of the community and (5) assessment. TuWaS! has trained over 1000 teachers and serves over 170 primary schools in four different German states.

Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical–an SSEC Donor–to Receive STEM Leadership Hall of Fame Award

March 26, 2017

The Dow Chemical Company announced that Andrew Liveris, Dow's chairman and CEO, will receive the U.S. News Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Leadership Hall of Fame Award at the publication's upcoming STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference in San Diego, California. Through its support of the Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers (SSEATs) since 2007, Dow has been helping ignite teachers' and students' excitement for STEM education by exposing teachers to careers in STEM fields.

SSEC Director Invited to Give TEDx Talk

March 17, 2017

The Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, Dr. Carol O'Donnell, has been invited to give a TEDx talk at TEDxFoggyBottom on April 22, 2017 to be hosted at the George Washington University Campus at the Lisner Auditorium. The 2017 event, whose theme is "Metamorphisis," and will bring together the world's innovators, thinkers, and doers to connect with and empower the Foggy Bottom community. To learn more see: #TEDxFoBo or tedxfoggybottom.com.

The Smithsonian Science Education Center Helps to Lead Master STEM Teaching Training in Yakima, Washington

March 14, 2017

The Smithsonian Science Education Center was invited to lead part of the "Master Trainer Professional Learning" at the Educational Service District (ESD) 105 in Yakima, Washington. Science Master Trainers are classroom teachers, leaders, and advocates for science education, and "agents of change" for the region. They work with ESD 105 Staff to prepare K-5 teachers for the first use of their instructional materials. ESD 105 is one of the LASER alliances of Washington State LASER.

SSEC Highlighted by White House Report for its Work in Increasing the Diversity of STEM Teaching Workforce

March 13, 2017

The Smithsonian participated on the Executive Office of the President – Office of Science and Technology Policy and Office of Personnel Management’s taskforce that looked at increasing diversity in the STEM workforce by reducing the impact of bias. This interagency group focused on sharing best practices for increasing diversity in STEM. The Smithsonian shared initiatives such as the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s partnership with Shell Oil Foundation that addresses stereotypes about gender and ethnicity. To view the full report go to Reducing the Impact of Bias in the STEM Workforce: Strengthening Excellence and Innovation or to view the Report's digest go to Report Digest: Reducing the Impact of Bias in the STEM Workforce

SSEC Highlighted by Smithsonian's Office of Equal Employment & Minority Affairs (OEEMA) for its Focus on Diversity

March 13, 2017

The Smithsonian reflects the diversity of the American people and the world today and strives to maximize its effectiveness, cultural inclusion and internal diversity by welcoming people of all backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion are also integral are also key components in the Smithsonian Strategic Plan. To assist the Smithsonian in its diversity and inclusion goals, OEEMA developed and published the Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Report (DIIR) in an effort to capture and report on the multiplicity of diversity and inclusion related activities around the Institution, including data from the Smithsonian Science Education Center, which meets the criteria of the Smithsonian's diversity and inclusion initiatives.

2016 Next Steps Institute: In Review

March 10, 2017

STEM leaders came together from September 26-28, 2016 for a 3-day Next Steps Institute jointly hosted by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, South Carolina Coalition for Mathematics and Science, and South Carolina Afterschool Alliance. During that time, attendees participated in one of seven themed pathway programs on topics ranging from STEM in the after school to the nuts and bolts of instructional materials support. See the institute in review via the video below.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Highlights the Smithsonian Science Education Center

March 6, 2017

On Wednesday evening, a new relationship between the Smithsonian Science Education Center and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCNS) was introduced by Dr. Sam Houston, SSEC Advisory Board member, during the State-of-the-NCMNS function. See particularly minutes 13:30 - 24:00. The NCMNS is a Smithsonian Affiliate museum and its mission is to illuminate the interdependence of nature and humanity.

Smithsonian Curriculum Highlighted in ASSET's "Classroom to Career Connections" Videos

March 3, 2017

These short videos from ASSET in Pittsburgh, PA feature STEM professionals discussing the topics and science content students are learning in the classroom as well as STEM careers and career pathways. Watch the first video below connecting engineering and geology professionals to the Rocks and Minerals module from the Smithsonian's STC Unit.

Smithsonian Academy Teacher One of 20 to Win National Award

March 2, 2017 

Alexis Daniels who teaches science at Port Allen High School won a $1,000 scholarship to attend the National Science Teacher conference in Los Angeles, March 30 through April 2. Last year Daniels attended the Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers (SSEAT) where she met with scientists who study earth history and climate change. Daniels was asked to help present information to local teachers by SSEAT as the program travels to different states.

Howard University Celebrates its 150th Anniversary and Partners with the Smithsonian Science Education Center to Prepare a Diverse Teacher Workforce

February 21, 2017

The Howard University School of Education, in partnership with the Smithsonian Science Education Center, will co-sponsor a national STEM Teacher Leadership Summit to be held at Howard University to promote increased diversification of the STEM teaching field. Preparing a diverse teacher workforce is tied to the early mission of Howard University, noting that the university opened its doors 150 years ago to prepare teachers. This program continues that tradition and further works to prepare a diverse teaching force to create a more diverse population within the STEM disciplines. STEM teachers and leaders from around the nation from underrepresented groups will be in attendance at this event.

InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health Joins IAP Science Education Programme

February 21, 2017

On February 5-9th, 2017, some 80 participants gathered in Khartoum along with the Sudanese National Commission for Education, Science and Culture; the Sudanese National Academy of Sciences (SNAS); and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP). At the meeting, IAP coordinator, Peter McGrath, introduced a new project being led by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). The project, which will focus on Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases, aims to develop curricula for primary and middle-school-aged children so that they develop an awareness of the dangers of mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit, and how they can reduce the risks of becoming infected. During the one-year project, funded by the Moore Foundation, the curricula developed will be tested, refined, and then also translated into Spanish before being made freely available for download.

IAP Science Education Programme Unveals in Khartoum SSEC's Role in Developing Zika Curriculum

February 17, 2017

The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Science Education Progamme (SEP) convened a series of meetings recently in Khartoum, Sudan (5-9 February 2017), including a two-day Inquiry-based Science Education (IBSE) Policy Forum (7-8 February).  With the establishment of the IAP in 2016, ongoing projects and programmes, including across health and science education, are now starting to integrate. One example of this is a new project being led by IAP SEP Global Council member, Dr. Carol O’Donnell of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, which will focus on Zika and other Mosquito Borne Diseases. The project, which has just kicked off, aims to develop curricula for primary and middle-school-aged children so that they develop an awareness of the dangers of mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit, and how they can reduce the risks of becoming infected. 

Dow, CH2M Partner with Smithsonian Science Education Center to Provide Baton Rouge Teachers STEM Training

February 15, 2017

Dow and the engineering firm CH2M have partnered with the Smithsonian Science Education Center to bring the Smithsonian STEM Education Forum to Baton Rouge on February 18th. According to a news release, the forum provides 50 local teachers the training to incorporate engineering into their classrooms to advance science, technology, engineering and math education, also known as STEM. The forum will feature experts from the Smithsonian Science Education Center, a unit of the Smithsonian Institution, Dow and CH2M volunteers and two Louisiana Tech professors. Dow STEM Ambassador volunteers and CH2M employee volunteers also will provide continued support to teachers in their classrooms.

Dow, CH2M and Smithsonian Science Education Center Join Forces to Provide Professional Development to Teachers

February 15, 2017

Committed supporters of STEM education, Dow and CH2M partnered with the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) to bring the Smithsonian STEM Education Forum to Baton Rouge. The Forum provided 50 local teachers with a day of hands-on training that will empower them to incorporate engineering into their classrooms, benefiting hundreds of local students for years to come. The Forum featured experts from SSEC, two professors from Louisiana Tech University, along with Dow and CH2M employee volunteers.

KDSL Global Founder will Serve as a Mentor at STEM Diversity Summit

February 2, 2017

 KDSL Global Founder Kevin Simpson has been selected to serve as a mentor at the Smithsonian Science Education Center and Shell Oil Company’s Teacher Leadership Summit: Attracting, Retaining, and Developing a Diverse STEM Teaching Workforce this February 2017 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. At this summit, teams of educators will create a plan for attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse STEM teaching workforce in their districts to become catalysts for systemic change.

The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)--the Global Network of Science Academies--Highlights the Smithsonian Science Education Center's New Grant to Develop "Zika!"

February 1, 2017

The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC)--in collaboration with scientists from the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)--has received a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop "Zika!", an online, inquiry-based science education (IBSE) curriculum module for K-8 teachers and students to address the challenges and mitigation of mosquito-borne diseases, with a particular focus on the dengue and Zika viruses.

Interview with Dr. Carol O'Donnell, Director, Smithsonian Science Education Center

January 29, 2017

How do we prepare our K-12 students for the workforce of tomorrow? Listen to Dr. Carol O'Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, at the 2017 Global Talent Summit as she discusses our role as educators in working with both the public and private sector to prepare our students for the unprecedented changes they face in tomorrow's STEM workforce.

Liverpool, New York teachers bring Smithsonian into classrooms

January 27, 2017

The Smithsonain Science Education Center was featured on the Liverpool Central School District website in Liverpool, New York. The article showcases how teachers at Long Brance Elementary and Willow Field Elementary are using our curriculum in their classrooms. 

5 Good Elementary School Activities from the Smithsonian

January 27, 2017

In this month's blog, Richard Byrne, author of "Free Technology for Teachers," highlights free resources from the Smithsonian designed for elementary school students and teachers. Three of the five resources are from the Smithsonian Science Education Center. Check it out!

SSEC Director Discusses the Importance of Education in the Highlight Video from the Fourth Annual Global Talent Summit in Zurich

January 22, 2017

How can we prepare for a post-employment society? Dr. Carol O'Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, reminds listeners during the Global Talent Summit 2017 that in addition to the technological, economic, socio-economic, and political dimensions of a Post Employment World, the voice of the "educator" must be heard when discussing the issue of filling the skills gap by 2050. What can we, as educators, do to ensure our students are 21st Century ready?

STEMx Writes About the SSEC: "Smithsonian Center Puts Experiential Learning to the Test"

January 13, 2017

At STEMxchange 2016 in Dallas, Dr. Carol O’Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), briefed attendees on a five-year validation study conducted by the University of Memphis Center for Research on Educational Policy (CREP). O'Donnell told STEMx attendees that the idea of experiential learning isn’t as novel today as it was when SSEC was founded, as more and more states adopt this form of STEM teaching in their K-8 classrooms. In this article, STEMx authors summarize O’Donnell's STEMx talk, which explained the impacts of LASER's experiential learning on both students and teachers, leading to better learning outcomes, especially for students who are typically underserved in STEM. As STEMx notes, "That’s a huge contribution to the education field."

Smithsonian Science Education Center Curriculum Highlighted in Book

January 9, 2017

The SSEC's curriculum, Science and Technology for Children (STC), is highlighted throughout the book, "Teaching Science in Elementary and Middle School: A Project-based Approach" by Joe Krajcik and charlene Czerniak (Routledge, 2014). This book offers in-depth information about the fundamental features of project-based science and strategies for implementing the approach. In project-based science classrooms students investigate, use technology, develop artifacts, collaborate, and make products to show what they have learned. Paralleling what scientists do, project-based science represents the essence of inquiry and the nature of science. Project-based science embodies the principles in A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Blending principles of learning and motivation with practical teaching ideas, this text shows how project-based learning is related to ideas in the Framework and provides concrete strategies for meeting its goals.

Secretary Skorton References the Smithsonian Science Education Center in the "Torch"

January 5, 2017

The Smithsonian is the "world's largest museum, education, and research complex." In this month's "Smithsonian Torch", the Secretary of the Smithsonian, Dr. David Skorton, reflects on his goal to increase research in the arts, humanities and sciences; expand outreach; and share resources. In his words, "The Smithsonian Science Education Center is just one of several recent initiatives that has inspired our new description, “the world’s largest museum, education and research complex.” As the Smithsonian has grown, so has our responsibility to share everything we do; throughout the Institution, educators are working with curators, scientists, and others to reach and teach people, within and beyond our walls.

SSEC Advisory Board Member Dr. Terry Bergeson Highlighted on DCHAT Podcast

January 4, 2017

This podcast highlights SSEC National Advisory Board Member, Dr. Terry Bergeson, who discusses the importance of education. Dr. Bergeson, former State Superintendent of Washington, is the Interim Dean of Education and Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Science Conference Breaks New Ground

December 21, 2016

More than 300 educators from across Central New York converged on Nov. 8 for a "Lesson Study Elementary Science Conference"--perhaps the first of its kind in the US--that offered four “live” research lessons based on SSEC units in which students and teachers engaged in practices aligned with New York's State new science standards while participants observed and took notes. The conference,  which is intended to help educators visualize New York State's newly proposed science standards in action, marked a unique collaboration between the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES), the Syracuse University School of Education, and the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). 

Smithsonian Science Education Center, a 100kin10 Grantee, Participates in New York Conference to Help Teachers Prepare for New Science Standards

December 19, 2016

Over 300 educators attended a conference in NY which included live classroom demonstrations of lessons from the SSEC's new "Smithsonian Science in the Classroom" curriculum using a professional development technique called "lesson study," popular in Japan. The conference was organized by OCM BOCES, along with Syracuse University, two field partners collaborating with the Smithsonian Science Education Center on a $200,000 grant from 100kin10 to help school districts implement the new standards. Seventy teachers will participate in grant-supported work over two years. In the first year, they will teach lessons based on materials developed by the Smithsonian. In year two, teachers will receive two days of professional development related to lesson study and be asked to engage in one research cycle related to supporting early elementary students engaging in engineering practices.

Colorado STEM Initiative Names Smithsonian Science Education Center as Partner

The Smithsonian Science Education Center and the LASER model is named as a Colorado STEM Partner–organizations partner with The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) to execute the work outlined in the Colorado STEM Education Roadmap.

Smithsonian Science Education Center Receives Sub-Award to Provide Professional Development to Science Teachers of English Learners in Denver and Aurora Under New US Department of Education Grant

December 15, 2016

The University of Memphis has received a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Education National Professional Development grant from the Office of English Language Acquisition. The five-year grant was awarded to the Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) for “LASER Focused: A Model for Teaching Inquiry-Based Science to English Learners” and is based on the Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) model developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). The SSEC is a sub-awardee on the grant and will develop the new science education materials for teachers of English Learners, then train facilitators to provide professional development to 225 teachers in Denver and Aurora.

Smithsonian Science Education Center Serves as Critical Friend at Teach to Lead's "Inclusion, Equity and Opportunity Summit"

December 5, 2016

Teach to Lead held its 11th teacher leadership summit in Chicago December 2-4th, 2016 to rave reviews. Focusing on Inclusion, Equity and Opportunity, 28 teams from 18 states and Pakistan joined to incubate their ideas for combating inequities and fighting for social justice on behalf of students. Ideas ranged from unique challenges and barriers based on race/ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual identity, gender, or religion and addressed multiple issues, including increasing teacher diversity.

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The White House Fact Sheet: The Obama Administration Announces New Steps to Advance Soil Sustainability

December 5, 2016

The Smithsonian Science Education Center will develop new educational materials on preventing soil erosion for its new comprehensive Elementary curriculum called “Smithsonian Science for the Classroom”, which was highlighted by the White House, who announced new steps to advance soil sustainability. The SSEC currently distributes its existing curriculum to 6.5 million students in 1,454 school districts in all 50 states.

Good Thinking! Highlighted in "How We Learn: A Reading List"

December 5, 2016

The Smithsonian Science Education Center's Good Thinking! video, "Sending Learning Styles Out of Style" was highlighted as a good resource for understanding how students learn.

Two Companies Team Up with the Smithsonian Science Education Center to Build the Workforce of Tomorrow

November 30, 2016

Dow and CH2M identified teachers from strategic locations across the US (e.g. California, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas) to attend the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers (SSEATs), week-long academies designed to heighten STEM teachers’ ability to inspire and enlighten their students. The teachers then took their experiences back to their classrooms. They continued their professional growth through peer networking, mentoring and interaction with Dow and CH2M employee volunteers.

Mrs. Lisa Musante Talks about her Role in the Smithsonian Science Education Center's Colorado LASER Initiative

November 22, 2016

Fort Collins, CO teacher, Lisa Musante, who was originally trained in aeronautics, is now in her fifth year as the Science & Engineering Interventionist at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins. In this post, Mrs. Musante discusses her role as Tavelli's Site Coordinator during the adoption of the Smithsonian Science Education Center's Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) program in Colorado

Website Designed to Help Teach Scientific Thinking Highlights the Smithsonian Science Education Center's Good Thinking

November 22, 2016

The "Kata to Grow" website provides users with materials and instructions for introducing a pattern of practical scientific thinking in the classroom, through a 50-minute, hands-on exercise called Kata in the Classroom. Kata recently highlighted the Smithsonian Science Education Center's Good Thinking! video, "That's so Meta(cognitive)." 

 

NIH's National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Biomedical Engineering (NIBIB) Highlights the SSEC as a Resource for Teacher

November 20, 2016

NIBIB's science education page, which recently highlighted the Smithsonian Science Education Center, is meant to be a resource for students, parents, teachers, and anyone interested in biomedical imaging and bioengineering. On the site, you’ll find answers to commonly asked questions about medical imaging and bioengineering technologies and learn about NIBIB-funded research. You’ll also find links to websites, organizations, and events that promote science education and encourage scientific discovery.

Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships Highlights SSEC Intern

November 20, 2016

The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships highlighted Anusha Holavanahali, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, who spent her summer developing curriculum at the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). She used roly polys to help students learn about what animals need to survive, and how to best protect animals in case of habitat changes. 

The Smithsonian Science Education Center Invited to the 2017 Global Talent Summit in Zurich

November 20, 2016

As Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and robotic technology advance, highly skilled jobs demanding high wages will be eliminated. As educators, how can we prepare our students for a post-employment society? Dr. Carol O'Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, has been invited as a panelist to address these questions and more on the panel, "How Education Can Prepare You for the Future of Work." The Global Talent Summit 2017 will take place in Zurich, Switzerland January 14, 2017 and will be streamed live around the world.

The New York Family Interviews the Smithsonian Science Education Center to Highlight Education Trends in STEM

November 12, 2016

Eric Nastasi, Division Director of Advancement, and other STEM experts, were interviewed by the New York Family, a monthly family lifestyle magazine focused on the interests, needs, and concerns of New York City parents. Eric discussed what STEM looks like in the classroom and why it’s a vital part of modern-day learning. In particular, Eric shared with readers information about the Smithsonian Science Education Center's STEM-based curriculum, which is used in schools across the country, and locally at the Alexander Robertson School.

Dr. Marjee Chmiel Keynotes Texas Science Education Leadership Association Fall Meeting

November 9, 2016

Dr. Marjee Chmiel, Division Director for Curriculum & Communications of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, served as the Keynote Speaker for the Texas Science Education Leadership Association (TSELA) Fall Meeting in San Antonio, Texas on November 9, 2019. There, she spoke on the importance of knowing + doing for STEM education, and connected the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s approach to transforming science education to data demonstrating its effectiveness.

Division Director Dr. Marjee Chmiel Completes Four-Week Trip to Southeast Asia under Fulbright

November 9, 2016

Division Director of Curriculum and Communications, Dr. Marjee Chmiel, completed a four-week trip to Southeast Asia where she spoke with Ministries of Education of Indonesia and Malaysia about the work in STEM education being spearheaded by Smithsonian Science Education Center. She served as a juror for the awards for best science teacher of Southeast Asia. She was the keynote speaker of the Mathematics, Science, and Computer Science Education International Seminiar in Bandung, Indonesia. While there, she also met with the Minister of Science Technology and Innovation of Malaysia and toured the Petronas Science Center in Kuala Lumpur.

Dunham School Consults with Smithsonian Science Education Center

November 9, 2016

Dr. Amy D'Amico, Division Director of Professional Services for the Smithsonian Science Education Center in Washington, D.C., recently traveled to Baton Rouge for a consultation with The Dunham School Science Department and administrators. Dr. D’Amico spent three days observing in classrooms, meeting with faculty and administration, touring facilities and planning with school leaders regarding the school’s strategic plan for the future of its STEM and Innovation Program.

Innovative Science Conference Offers 'Live' Research Lessons on New State Standards

November 8, 2016

More than 300 educators from across Central New York converged on Roxboro Road Middle School in Mattydale on November 8, 2016 for a science conference that offers four “live” research lessons in which students and teachers engaged in practices aligned with the new state science standards. This sold out conference was co-hosted by the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES), the Syracuse University School of Education, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, and several local teacher centers.

Obtaining Federal Resources for P-12 Educators

November 7, 2016

MSPnet held a webinar on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time promoting the availability of Federal resources for P-12 Educators.  The webinar, which was organized by the Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM), highlighted the work of the US Department of Energy, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, and MSPnet. This live broadcast discussed federal funding sources for P-12 educators, professional development opportunities, and detail other tools and resources available for use in the classroom.

The Smithsonian Science Education Center Participates in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's Active Learning Day Highlighted by 100kin10

November 7, 2016

The national organization 100kin10 designed an online resource that outlines a series of activities that teachers could integrate into their classrooms during the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Active Learning Day on October 25th, 2016 – and, of course, beyond! These brief activities, curated from and by 100Kin10 partners, leading organizations in STEM teaching, are divided by grade level and subject area and designed to facilitate "Active Learning" experiences for teachers and their students.

Museum of Science, Boston President and Director Ioannis Miaoulis Meets with Smithsonian Educators

November 7, 2016

In October 2015, Museum President and Director Ioannis Miaoulis met with U.S. Senator Edward Markey, U.S. Representative Paul Tonko, and key congressional education committee staff. He also met with the Greek Ambassador to the U.S., Christos P. Panagopoulos, and important contacts at the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Education, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, and the Embassy of the Czech Republic. In every case, Miaoulis discussed the importance of STEM (science, education, engineering, and technology) education, our efforts to introduce K-12 and informal engineering and computer science education, and how we might best collaborate going forward. As a follow-up to this visit, the Smithsonian Science Education Center and The Museum of Science, Boston officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in October 2016 to work together to advance engineering education in schools and informal learning environments.

The Smithsonian Science Education Center Presents at the South Carolina Science Council Annual Conference November 2, 2016

November 2, 2016

On November 2, 2016, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, sponsored by Carolina Biological, shared strategies and insights on creating, collaborating, communicating, designing and innovating from kindergarten on up at the South Carolina Science Council Annual Conference, held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Participants previewed the Smithsonian Science Education Center's new engineering modules for grades 1 through 5.

Smithsonian Science Education Center Visits JCI and Johnston County Schools

November 1, 2016

The Smithsonian Science Education Center National Advisory Board toured Johnston County Industries (JCI) materials center in Selma, NC. Bill Sharek, President & CEO of JCI, welcomed the group to the Center, provided an overview of JCI’s mission, goals and operations, and lead the group on a tour of the facilities to help the board members understand how Johnston County Industries (JCI) and Johnston County Schools are successfully working together to provide the teachers and students in Johnston County with effective, stream-lined science education procedures and tools.

Innovating in i3: Why Innovation is Important in Schools

October 2016

The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) Program Specialist Katie Gainsback attended an i3 Project Directors Meeting with the U.S. Department of Education where she was asked to sit down for an on-camera interview about the SSEC’s ED-funded work. Sound bites from that interview along with other i3 projects were edited into a video answering the question “Why is innovation so important in schools?”

 

The Smithsonian Science Education Center Teams up with Smithsonian Affiliations

October 30, 2016

The Smithsonian Science Education Center partnered with two of the Smithsonian Affiliates in October 2016. In North Carolina, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosted the Smithsonian Science Education Center's National Advisory Board Meeting and associated activities in Raleigh on October 17th, 2016.  In Colorado, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Smithsonian Science Education Center collaborated on workshops on Building Awareness for Science Education in Denver, October 24th-25th, 2016.

Katherine Blanchard of the Smithsonian Science Education Center Serves on Panel at International Conference

October 28, 2016

Katherine Blanchard, Program Specialist for the Smithsonian Science Education Center's Professional Services Division, traveled to Mexico City, Mexico from October 25-28 to attend the 2016 CLASE conference sponsored by IFIE - Instituto de Fomento e Investigación Educativa (Institute for Educational Research and Development). There she sat on a panel entitled “Learning by Doing” with panelists from Australia and Mexico to discuss the power of STEM education and inquiry-based education. You can learn more about the conference and watch the webcast here.

Pennsylvania Science Matters e-Blast Highlights the Smithsonian Science Education Center

October 26, 2016

The Pennsylvania Science Matters e-Blast October 2016 issue highlights two resources related to the Smithsonian Science Education Center. Cheryl Rush Dix will present at the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association (PSTA) Conference November 30 - December 2, 2016 and will discuss the implementation of a K-12 science program based upon the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for the Erie School District. Cheryl will share lessons learned in developing the curriculum, professional development, and implementation of the new curriculum based on the Smithsonian Science Education Center's Theory of Action. Also referenced in the e-Blast is the November 1, 2016 webinar co-hosted by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, the Department of Energy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which provided resources, tools, classroom materials, and PD opportunities for P-12 science educators. You can read the e-Blast here

The Chevron Enjoy Science Project Highlights the Contributions of the Smithsonian Science Education Center's Curriculum and LASER Project to its STEM Reform in Thailand

October 25, 2016

Chevron’s Enjoy Science Project is a US $30 million, 5-year, public private partnership to strengthen Thailand’s competitiveness and innovation by improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and technical vocational education and training (TVET) across the country. This Chevron project has integrated the Smithsonian's Science and Technology for Children (STC) curriculum with practical trainings to continuously increase the competency of teachers as well as to enhance their preparation and ability to lead inquiry-based learning activities. The goal is to will help students to think like scientists and put them on a pathway to successful STEM careers. These students will become the driving force behind the achievement of Thailand 4.0.

Building Awareness for STEM Education (BASE) Program: A Collaboration between DMNS and the Smithsonian Education Center

October 25, 2016 

On October 25, 2016, the Smithsonian Science Education Center in collaboration with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Colorado STEM, and the Colorado Education Initiative hosted a one-day program to Build Awareness for STEM Education (BASE) and to discuss the work currently taking place to scale up the Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) model in Colorado. Click here to learn more about the Smithsonian Science Education Center's leadership development opportunities and BASE events. 

US Department of Energy Fermilab Provides NGSS Resources

Check out the US Department of Energy's Fermilab Resources for NGSS and STEM Fact Sheet. To learn more about Fermilab's institutes, look at this poster titled "Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards - Science and Engineering Practices", presented at Smithsonian Science Education Center, 2015 Regional Leaders Meeting. 

SSEC Presents at Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association

October 20, 2016 

Dr. Brian Mandell, Curriculum Developer for the Smithsonian Science Education Center, presented at the Annual Conference of the Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association (MSELA) October 20, 2016. During his presentation, Dr. Mandell discussed the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and what the Smithsonian Science Education Center is doing to address these standards; provided examples of phenomenon and problems through an engineering design mini-challenge; summarized the results of the Smithsonian Science Education Center's five-year Investing in Innovation (i3) Validation study of its Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) model; and shared next steps with the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s new grade 1-5 learning framework. Click here to learn more about the conference.

100kin10 Engages SSEC in Networked Impact

October 11, 2016

The Stanford Social Innovation Review published a piece about 100Kin10 and their networked impact approach to collaboration and tackling challenges in the effort to train and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers. The Smithsonian Science Education Center is a recent recipient of a 100kin10 grant to support this effort. 

STEMx Reports on its Involvement in the Next Step Institute

October 7, 2016

STEMx was eager to tell its members about the success of the Next Steps Institute, co-organized by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, South Carolina Coalition for Mathematics and Science, and the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance, held in Charleston, SC on September 26-28th. This conference featured no less than five different STEMx members in the SSEC-lead "State Leaders in STEM” pathway. According to STEMx, "This conference changed minds."

Five BISD teachers to be a part of Dow Chemical-CH2M’s Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program

September 21, 2016

Five BISD teachers were chosen from across the country to be a part of Dow Chemical-CH2M’s Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program this summer

Colleague of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, Dr. Lisa Kenyon, Discusses Her Role in STEM Education

September 1, 2016

Dr. Lisa Kenyon, who has participated in workshops at the Smithsonian Science Education Center, where she addressed teachers and administrators from across the country, discusses her role in STEM education. Dr. Kenyon is the Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching at Wright State University.

SSEC Director to Keynote New York's Center for Innovative Science Education Conference

July 16, 2016

The Onondaga-Cortland-Madison (OCM) BOCES Center for Innovative Science Education will host a conference this November 2016 to help launch the regional implementation of the New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS), which were put before the New York State Board of Regents in mid-June. 

34 Teachers Will Attend Smithsonian STEM Academies This Summer

June 23, 2016

The Dow-CH2M Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program, designed to help teachers develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, will bring 34 teachers from five states to Washington, D.C., this summer to participate in professional development academies at the Smithsonian.

Dow, CH2M and Smithsonian Partner to Empower STEM Educators - from Dow.com

June 22, 2016 

Teachers from five states will travel to Washington, D.C. to begin a year-long professional development opportunity

100Kin10 Webinar

June 20, 2016

Dr Carol O'Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, and Dr. Amy D'Amico, Division Director of Professional Services, were hosts on the 100Kin10 Spotlight Series webinar sharing the reults of the i3 Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) study in your work. Click here to access the deck from the webinar as well as a recording.

The Smithsonian Shares Trends in STEM Education with Washington State Educators

June 17, 2016

Dr. Carol O'Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center discusses the latest national trends in STEM Education with Washington State educators in a series of three-hour workshops hosted throughout Washington State. Topics included the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS); moving ahead with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); the latest research on the efficacy of the Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER); and, the expansion of the Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts (STC) K-8 materials.

Smithsonian Science Education Center and Enterprises in Space team up for Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum

June 10, 2016

Invited to be among the many firsts of historical space achievements celebrated at Space Day, the Enterprises in Space team (EIS) was thrilled to participate in collaboration with the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) at this year's Space Day, held June 14, 2016 at the National Air and Space Museum to promote their focus on the importance of integrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). This year’s event drew some 30,000 visitors from around the world and included a presentation by astronaut Terry Virts.

Announcing a Free Teacher Leadership Summit in Annapolis, July 19-20!

We are pleased that the Maryland State Department of Education, in partnership with Teach to Lead will host its first Teacher Leadership Summit in Annapolis on July 19-20, 2016.

New international partnership to promote Einstein, STEM education

May 18, 2016 

The Smithsonian Science Education Center is teaming up with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where the physicist's archives are kept, to promote the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (collectively known as "STEM").

Smithsonian Science Education Center and National Space Society Team Up for Next-Generation Space Education Program “Enterprise In Space”

May 11, 2016

Enterprise In Space (EIS), an international program of the National Space Society (NSS), is excited to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), the only unit at the Smithsonian Institution that is solely dedicated to formal K-12 science education reform.

ASCD Teacher Impact Grant Application Opens 5/16

May 2016

ASCD Teacher Impact Grants (TIGs) provide funding and support directly to teachers for promising teacher-led, administrator-supported ideas, programs, or initiatives to improve education. These grants allow teachers to develop and execute projects that can serve as models to be replicated and scaled.

The program provides the flexibility, funding, and evaluation support necessary to meet the unique needs of promising teacher-led projects. The grants cultivate the expertise of teachers and help to position them as leaders driving transformation in schools, districts, and states.

Where Has All the TV Science Gone?

May 4, 2016

This article highlights the Smithsonian Science Education Center's YouTube Channel as a great science education resource. 

Education gets smart over the use of smartphones in learning

April 28, 2016

Science education gets smart over the use of smartphones in learning, both for teachers and students. From making a call to a portable camera and an endless stream of entertainment, the smartphone is an integral part of modern life. In her talk at a 2016 Abu Dhabi Education Council event, Carol O'Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, talks about the role of the phone as a tool for data collection in science classrooms.

 

STEM Programs in Northern Virginia and Beyond: The 2016 K-12 STEM Symposium

April 6, 2016

Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) Board Member and female engineer Simone Acha, along with SSEC Director, Carol O'Donnell, worked with hundreds of students to design, build, and test the motion of model cars using an activity from the STC unit, Motion and Design, during a one-day STEM Symposium sponsored by WashingtonExec in Fairfax, VA.

Conference Will Bring Together International Experts

March 28, 2016

Dr. Jorge Allende, Professor on the Faculty of Medicine and National Natural Sciences since 1992, discusses the 40 some international experts in science education, including Dr. Carol O'Donnell and Dr. Amy D'Amico of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, who will present at an international conference on science education to be held at the University of Chile in Santiago.

Round table discussion with Dr. Amy D'Amico

 

Presentation with Dr. Carol O'Donnell

The Key Role of Educational Leadership in the Changing STEM Landscape

March 22, 2016

In this NSTA webinar we will share results from a recent 5-year rigorous i3 study of our Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform model and discuss the role of the instructional leader in the changing STEM landscape.

For women in tech, it's been a so-so year

March 8, 2016

SSEC is highlighted for our participation in 100Kin10 -- a coalition of universities, nonprofits and government agencies that aims to train and keep 100,000 new STEM teachers by 2021.

Smithsonian Science Education Center Named as Partner in 100Kin10, National Network to Grow STEM Teaching Force

March 2016

100Kin10, a national network coordinating and accelerating efforts to bring 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers into schools by 2021, announced today that the Smithsonian Science Education Center has been accepted as a partner.

#2050 Jobs: Future Challenges

February 29, 2016

SSEC is highlighted as an organization that recognizes the important role that K-12 plays in developing global STEM talent. 

Global Talent Summit: The Nexus of Jobs and Education

February 20, 2016

Four College of William & Mary students discuss what the world might look like in 2050, and what skills we will all need to develop, after attending the Diplomatic Courier‘s third annual Global Talent Summit in Washington, DC. SSEC is highlighted as contributing to the four critical trends that emerged during the Summit: the importance of skill development, changes to school curricula, the need to bridge the gap between enterprise and academia, and fostering a global perspective.

Science Education Global Council & STEM

February 1, 2016

Dr. Carol O'Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, discusses the role of K-12 science education in preparing students for a competitive global STEM workforce.

Dr. Carol O'Donnell discusses changing science standards on CBSMinnesota.com

December 13, 2015

Dr. Carol O'Donnell discusses changing science standards during News and Views with Roshini, on News Radio 830 WCCO - CBSMinnesota.com.

Dow STEM Highlights

August 2014