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Changing Teachers Changing the World

In 2014, twenty-four secondary science teachers began a path of personal growth through the Integrating Crosscutting Concepts in Iowa Science Classrooms (ICCISC) project.  A three-year grant awarded to UNI Science Education faculty from the Iowa Department of Education Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnership funded the ICCISC project.  The purpose of the program was to help teachers meet science standards.  This was to be done using research-based instruction and helping students prepare for STEM-related fields.   

A teacher for teachers, mentor for mentors

The Iowa Academy of Science awarded Dr. Dawn Del Carlo, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Northern Iowa, the 2017 Excellence in Science Teaching Award for Science Supervisory at the academy’s 129th annual meeting on April 21, 2017.

 

The ESTA Awards, introduced in 1969, recognize science teachers of all grade levels for their work and innovation in science education.

 

Interestingly, it was not until the end of her college career that Dr. Del Carlo realized that she liked teaching.

 

It’s STEM Summer Camps time

As spring makes way for summer, and a long break looms, many parents in the Cedar Valley area may have already started wondering—and perhaps worrying too—how best their school-going children can spend the long days and weeks ahead. Fun is, of course, on the menu but wouldn’t it be nice too if they could learn something useful along the way? The combination of fun and learn that these parents seek for their children is a major feature of the STEM summer camps at the University of Northern Iowa.

The happy biology major

Michael Lashbrook is happy “looking towards future.” He is happy “living every day.” In fact, he has never been happier. It’s all mostly because of his biology major.

 

Michael or MJ, as he is known to his friends, has always wanted to study natural sciences in college. “I have always loved science,” he says.

 

So, the decision to major in biology ultimately came down to how interested he was in it. “Biology is such a diverse topic that it stood out to me most,” he adds.

 

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US Education Laws and Regulations - Resources and Information

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) takes effect in the 2017-2018 Academic year.  This law makes changes to the national, state, and local roles of accountability, funding, and programs in K-12 education and thus also has implementations for teacher prep and coninuing education.  The resources listed below provide background on ESSA and recommendations from national science, mathematics, technology, engineering and education organizations about ESSA implementation.

Comparing ESSA to NCLB

ESSA & STEM Overview

Resources and Recommendations from National Organizations with Regard to STEM Education

Iowa's ESSA Plan

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