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Introductory Note News
Summer programs 2008
Sensing our World
RET Notre Dame
Quarknet & JINA
2 Million minutes
Quiz: Outside the box
First Annual Indiana Building Awareness for Science Education Symposium
Jointly organized by the Indiana Department of Education and the I-STEM partners, to answer the
question "What steps can we take to make STEM education stronger in Indiana?" (by invitation).
and the PAN program at Michigan State University, Lansing Michigan.
Contact Mary DeWitt at the JINA outreach website for more information on these and other JINA programs.
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2008 Science Liaison Summer Institute
A 10 day (June 2-6, and June 9-13) Institute linking Science and Literacy through writing and reading for comprehension:
- designed for teachers in grades K-8 - contact ETHOS for applications and further information.
Other News and Items of Interest
NDeRC is a 5 year $2.7M grant awarded to the University of Notre Dame by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
under NSF's program "NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12)". This interdisciplinary project
encompasses many departments in the colleges of engineering and science at Notre Dame.
The intent of the project is to foster the STEM aspects of the local community and culture by teaming-up
engineering and science graduate students with local educators to work on research and education projects together.
There is an emphasis on research during the summer and on education during the academic year.
The project provides stipends for participating graduate students and local educators.
All Michiana K-12 STEM teachers are invited to join: visit the NDeRC website for further information
about this summer's programs and plans for the coming year.
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A $282,000 appropriations request for the University of Notre Dame's Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC)
by Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., has been funded in a bill that recently became law.
Donnelly presented a ceremonial check at a celebration to mark the seventh anniversary of the RCLC Feb. 22 at the center.
The RCLC will receive the funding to support and develop Robinson Enterprises, a comprehensive training,
entrepreneurship and business promotion initiative. The program will specifically promote business success
for at-risk youths and young adults (ages 16 to 24) through training, mentoring and start-up incubation for
the launch of for-profit enterprises.
Founded by Notre Dame in 2001, the RCLC is a community-driven education center. In addition to Robinson Enterprises,
the center sponsors a number of programs and activities and hosts others led by local agencies and organizations.
These include violence prevention initiatives, health education and screenings, GED and English-as-a-second-language
classes, children's programming, youth tutoring, and after-school programs. It also features a Computer Teaching
and Learning Center, which is equipped with 20 computers and provides instruction and Internet and e-mail access.
Fully Measuring What Students Should Be Taught in School
This thought-provoking article by Richard Rothstein,Rebecca Jacobsen and Tamara Wilder
is part of the campaign for educational equity
and was recently published by the Teachers' College of Columbia University,
The preliminary article consists of two parts:
A Proposal for Expanded Data Gathering: How NAEP Can Monitor Equity on
sub-groups in each state perform academically on a common scale, making comparisons possible.
The authors discuss in detail the present inadequacies of the NAEP processes.
One of the most important changes of the last 30 years is that digital technology has transformed almost
everyone into an information worker.
Today and in the future, many of the jobs with the greatest impact will be related to software, whether it is
developing software working for a company like Microsoft or helping other organisations use information technology
tools to be successful. In almost every job now, people use software and work with information to enable their organisation to
operate more effectively. That's true for everyone from the retail store worker who uses a handheld scanner
to track inventory to the chief executive who uses business intelligence software to analyse critical market trends.
Communication skills and the ability to work well with different types of people are very important too.
A lot of people assume that creating software is purely a solitary activity where you sit in an office with
the door closed all day and write lots of code. This isn't true at all. Software innovation, like almost every
other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down
and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs.
So if you look at how progress is made and where competitive advantage is created, there's no doubt that the
ability to use software tools effectively is critical to succeeding in today's global knowledge economy.
A solid working knowledge of productivity software and other IT tools has become a basic foundation for
success in virtually any career.
Beyond that, however, I don't think you can overemphasise the importance of having a good background in maths
and science. If you look at the most interesting things that have emerged in the last decade - whether it is cool
things like portable music devices and video games or more practical things like smart phones and medical technology
- they all come from the realm of science and engineering.
I also place a high value on having a passion for ongoing learning. When I was pretty young, I picked up the habit
of reading lots of books. It's great to read widely about a broad range of subjects. Of course today, it's far
easier to go online and find information about any topic that interests you. Having that kind of curiosity about
the world helps anyone succeed, no matter what kind of work they decide to pursue.
Two-million minutes is the time a student spends during his/her four years of high-school.
The film contrasts the efforts and successes of students around the world.
Needless to say, the United States does not appear to be at the forefront of either learning successes,
or of utilizing the latest theories and practices of effective education and learning.
The movie appeared recently on public television. We hope to arrange one or more local public showings in the near future.
Students from Indianapolis are part of the U.S. classrooms represented in the movie.
We will shortly be posting times for the shows. Here is a brief description
This is the title of the latest book by Larry Cuban of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
[Published by the Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2004, 253 pp. with index, $23.95 softcover]
As stated in a recent review,
"Ford Motor Company would not have survived the competition had it not been for an emphasis on results.
We must view education the same way," the U.S. Secretary of Education declared in 2003. But is he right?
In this provocative new book, Larry Cuban takes aim at the alluring cliché that schools should be more
businesslike, and shows that in its long history in business-minded America, no one has shown that a
business model can be successfully applied to education.
In this straight-talking book, one of the most distinguished scholars in education charts the Gilded Age
beginnings of the influential view that American schools should be organized to meet the needs of American
businesses, and run according to principles of cost-efficiency, bottom-line thinking, and customer satisfaction.
Not only are schools by their nature not businesslike, Cuban argues, but the attempt to run them along business
lines leads to dangerous over-standardization--of tests, and of goals for our children. Why should we think that
there is such a thing as one best school? Is "college for all" achievable--or even desirable? Even if it were possible,
do we really want schools to operate as bootcamps for a workforce? Cuban suggests that the best business-inspired
improvement for American education would be more consistent and sustained on-the-job worker training, tailored for the
job to be done, and business leaders' encouragement--and adoption--of an ethic of civic engagement and public service.
Two reviews and a discussion about Cuban's book Oversold and Underused: Computers in the Classroom
and a discussion with Larry Cuban on Tinkering Toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform
- Excerpts from a Conversation at the Askwith Education Forum.
New experiments for your class!!
Last summer's middle-school program included studies of the reflections and refractions
of laser light in a semicircular piece of plexiglass.
The ComPADRE Digital Library
The comPADRE Pathway, a part of the National Science Digital Library, is a growing network of
educational resource collections supporting teachers and students in Physics and Astronomy.
As a user you may explore collections designed to meet your specific needs and help build
the network by recommending resources, commenting on resources, and starting or joining discussions.
To recommend a web resource, log into the Physical Sciences Resource Center and select the Submit Resources link.
You may use the user selector to go to collections of physics materials targeted at you, whether
you are a K-12 teacher, college faculty member, student, education researcher,
or someone generally interested in Physics and Astronomy.
Quiz: Thinking outside the box
The crossword: Across: 1. BITE 2. BITE 3. BITE 4. BITE; Down: 1. B's=Bees. 2. I's=EYES 3. T's=TEASE 4. E's=EASE
The fish weighs 20 pounds!
How about this new quiz - 12 questions - What berry is indicated by the following?:
Answers in the next issue as usual:
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