The latest from STEM Teaching Tools, a series of free, bite-sized PDFs for science educators.
Field Notes #11, March 2019
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Learning to See the Diverse Resources Students Bring to Sense-Making

We just published a new professional development (PD) resource in partnership with the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS). In this day-long workshop educators build their capacity to identify and leverage the range of intellectual resources students use as they make sense of phenomena. This is a central equity strategy; instruction should welcome the diverse contributions students bring to sense-making. This resource can support this goal by helping educators develop an asset-based stance towards the cultural backgrounds of learners as they engage formative assessment. It can also help them develop intellectual relationships with their students. 

This new open education resource (OER) PD module engages groups of educators in analyzing a broad set of different learning situations, looking for the resources of learners. It was developed through the ACESSE project
Explore the New PD Resource
Other New Tools
Brief #57: How Place-Based Science Education Strategies Can Support Equity for Teachers, Students, and Communities
Brief #56: Engaging Students in Computational Thinking in Science Investigations 
Learn about the STEM Teaching Tools Initiative
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What are STEM Teaching Tools?
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With funding from the National Science Foundation, STEM Teaching Tools are short briefs and OER PD modules designed to bring together ideas and resources to address common challenges and opportunities as educators adopt the new vision for science education in the NRC Framework and resulting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These tools are helping tens of thousands of educators across the country align their teaching with best practices from both research and teaching. 

STEM Teaching tools are:

  • co-written by researchers and educators
  • easily downloadable as PDFs
  • updated regularly at, with new briefs created in response to educator needs
  • useful content to include in your newsletters, email blasts, and professional learning experiences. 
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STEM Teaching Tools are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License. Others may adapt with attribution. 
This site is primarily funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the ACESSE Project (Award #1561300). It was developed as part of the Research + Practice Collaboratory (Awards #1238253, #1626365). Opinions expressed are not those of any funding agency.

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