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Overview of 7th Grade NGSS Curriculum Study (ASMS Study):

Posted: March 7, 2019

WestEd, in collaboration with RAND, SRI International and Lawrence Hall of Science, is seeking 2-3 school district partners to participate in a large-scale evaluation study of the NGSS-aligned middle school science curriculum, Amplify Science, during the 2019-2020 school year. Funded by the National Science Foundation (Grants # 1913317; 1720514), this study will examine the impact of the curriculum on student achievement, classroom implementation and instructional practice in 7th grade classrooms. Findings from this study will help the science education community better understand how well-designed curriculum materials can support NGSS instruction.

This 1-year study will be a randomized controlled trial that will compare 7th grade classrooms using the Amplify Science curriculum materials (treatment) to classrooms in a “business as usual” (control) condition. All teachers will receive stipends in recognition of their participation and their school districts will receive a full year of Amplify Science curriculum materials for 7th grade paid for by the grant. Note that the study will provide Amplify Science curriculum materials with accompanying PD at no cost to teachers who will use Amplify Science at the outset of the study (SY 2019-20). Teachers using their current curriculum materials during the study are eligible to receive Amplify Science curriculum materials with accompanying PD at no cost at the end of the study (Summer 2020 and SY 2020-21).

The broad research questions are:

1.  What is the impact of the ASMS curriculum on learning outcomes in culturally and linguistically diverse school settings?

2.  How does ASMS curriculum support teachers in implementing NGSS instruction?

The research team is currently inviting districts to participate in the study that will take place during the 2019 - 2020 school year (https://www.wested.org/project/amplify-science-middle-school-curriculum-evaluation/). The team will work with districts this year to prepare for the study. If your district is interested in participating, the research team will coordinate the research activities with schools and science teachers. Moreover, participating districts will receive a study report on what is learned about student achievement outcomes and effective teaching practices. All told, 48 middle schools will be part of the study.

For further information about the study, please contact the research team ([email protected]) or the study coordinators directly: Christopher Harris, Principal Investigator from WestEd ([email protected]), Jacquey Barber, Co-Principal Investigator from the Hall ([email protected]).

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"A Safety Minute" by Dr. Ken Roy - NSELA Safety Compliance Officer

Posted: March 5, 2019

GFI Protection for Laboratories  NFPA 70, the National Electric Code, is the basis for almost every local electrical code I the United States. Section 210.8(B)(5) requires GFI protection for all power receptacles installed within 6 foot from the top inside edge of the bowl of the sink. (Code language needs to be specific to be considered enforceable, hence the rather clear identification of where to measure from.) Make sure your labs are protected from potential shock hazards! 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/gfi-protection-laboratories-richard-palluzi/ 

For current safety updates five days a week, follow Dr. Ken on Twitter @drroysafersci. Also follow Dr. Ken on Instagram at Drkensafetyjob1. 

 

National Youth Science Camp

Posted: February 28, 2019

Each year, the National Youth Science Camp hosts two (2) students from each state and the District of Columbia. The NYSC is a highly structured, residential STEM camp that seeks to provide experiential learning opportunities that inspire lifelong engagement, and ethical STEM leadership skills. Students are also exposed to, and highly encouraged to participate in leaning about the scientific and cultural aspects of the natural world through outdoor adventure.

The camp not only consists of lab experiences and plenary lectures, but also includes a visit to Washington DC to meet with members of the Senate or the scientific staff at AAAS.

There are no fees, and all costs are absorbed through the fund-raising efforts of the National Youth Science Foundation.

The camp is only for graduated seniors. The selection process is very competitive, and it's based on academic performance, leadership potential, and scientific accomplishment.

This year's camp will run from June 27 to July 20.

Please consider this once in a lifetime opportunity! The application deadline is February 28, 2019.

To apply, please visit: http://apply.nysc.org

 

"A Safety Minute" by Dr. Ken Roy - NSELA Safety Compliance Officer

Posted: February 28, 2019

"How To Reduce The Risks Of 3-D Printers, Especially For Kids:"  An alarming new comprehensive 2-year study by UL Chemical Safety and Georgia Institute of Technology finds that 3D printers can be quite dangerous, especially to young bodies and brains. Every science/STEM supervisor needs to do a hazard analysis, risk assessment and take the appropriate safety action including necessary ventilation.  Check out report at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/joanmichelson2/2019/02/20/how-to-reduce-the-risks-of-3d-printers-especially-for-kids/#4807f20c2c40

 

For current safety updates five days a week, follow Dr. Ken on Twitter @drroysafersci. Also follow Dr. Ken on Instagram at Drkensafetyjob1. 

 

"A Safety Minute" by Dr. Ken Roy - NSELA Safety Compliance Officer

Posted: February 19, 2019

"How Safe is Your Maker Space?" Activities and tools with inherent safety hazards can benefit from the unique expertise of collaborating engineering educators. For an in-depth perspective on addressing this approach, check out the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) PRISM magazine article written by Drs. Tyler S. Love and Kenneth R. Roy: http://www.asee-prism.org/last-word-oct-5/

 

For current safety updates five days a week, follow Dr. Ken on Twitter @drroysafersci. Also follow Dr. Ken on Instagram at Drkensafetyjob1. 

 
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