With the introduction of new standards in both mathematics and science, Nebraska leaders in PK-12 STEM education are poised to implement policies that will have a significant impact on achievement in Nebraska’s schools. The Nebraska Summit on Math and Science Education will take place on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at the new NIC Conference Center on the Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln and will bring together leaders in math and science education to take stock of the strengths and challenges of Nebraska’s educational system and how best to move forward to ensure a solid foundation for the state’s future citizens. See the Summit website for more information.
Shelby Aaberg, a mathematics teacher at Scottsbluff High School and a Noyce Master Teaching Fellow, was named Nebraska 2015 Teacher of the Year on Oct. 10, 2014, during a surprise award presentation. Aaberg was one of four finalists for the award. Scottsbluff Public Schools Superintendent Richard Myles said leadership is one of Aaberg’s most important talents.
The American Statistical Association (ASA) has issued recommendations regarding the use of value-added models (VAM) in research, which is used by Data Connections. The ASA endorses wise use of data, statistical models, and designed experiments for improving the quality of education. Read the statement here.
Alysia Augustus, a Papillion-La Vista teacher from Primarily Math Cohort 2, was named as one of Nebraska's two winners of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, announced on Dec. 20, 2013. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, D.C., event in the coming year. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The 2012 awardees named today teach kindergarten through 6th grade. Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion.
Professor David Harwood's innovative geosciences field course for science teachers, which is offered as part of the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes, will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 on Nebraska Educational Television. The show, "Rockin' the Big Red Van," will be the third segment in the hourlong "Nebraska Stories" program. A link to the video can be found on YouTube.
With nearly $1 million of support from the National Science Foundation, an interdisciplinary team from UNL and UNO is crafting a curriculum that will allow students to learn the science behind the fashion-forward technology. The three-year project will offer inquiry-based activities to roughly 900 students in grades 4-6 who attend public school in Nebraska and is led by CSMCE youth engagement director Brad Barker, associate professor and 4-H science and technology specialist.
Learning the life sciences in the 21st century and beyond is about much more than memorizing information for a test and then moving on to the next subject. Students must learn in a more dynamic environment that ties the threads of science together into a whole from the start of their undergraduate experience, say UNL professors leading an effort to develop new teaching methods that meet these demands. The project is funded by a four-year, $2,321,012 grant from the National Science Foundation.
The University of Nebraska Foundation has released this video on YouTube of the amazing field experience that is GEOS 898: Methods in Geoscience Field Instruction, offered through the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes. Teachers who embark on this 14-day inquiry-based field course come away with a one-of-a-kind experience. View this video to hear first-hand accounts from science teachers about their experiences. NET is also working on a video about the field course, which will be broadcast in November as part of the NET series 'Nebraska Stories.'