Funded by the International Space Station National Lab, SciGirls in Space integrates space-themed role-model videos and gender equitable space-science-aligned activities for use in outreach programs. Among the resources for teachers is a gender-equity guide with six strategies on how to engage girls in STEM. The guide outlines SciGirls’ educational approach, rooted in what research has revealed engages girls in STEM. Teachers are encouraged to introduce one or two of these strategies each time they do an activity and discover what works best for their group: (1) Connect STEM experiences to girls’ lives; (2) support girls as they investigate questions and solve problems using STEM practices; (3) empower girls to embrace struggles, overcome challenges, and increase self-confidence in STEM; (4) encourage girls to identify and challenge STEM stereotypes; (5) emphasize that STEM is collaborative, social, and community oriented; (6) provide opportunities for girls to interact with and learn from diverse STEM role models. The strategies have also been proven to work with all learners.
Award-winning and innovative, ASCD’sEMPOWER places your professional development at the forefront of its whole child focus. EMPOWER is ASCD’s annual and highly acclaimed professional development conference forall K–12 educators. Explore vibrant sessions taught by education authors and thought leaders who are redefining instructional approaches and mindsets. You will find sessions covering access, assessment, equity, literacy, STEM, Differentiation, Coherence, Design Thinking, Social–Emotional Learning, trauma-informed practices, Restorative Justice, Growth Mindsets, and much more.
Are you the next award-winning kindergarten to sixth-grade teacher? For more than 35 years, the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) have rewarded and inspired teachers across the country. PAEMST, which have honored more than 5,000 teachers, are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awardees serve as role models for their colleagues and inspire their communities. PAEMST awardees receive a trip to Washington, DC, to celebrate their achievements; a certificate signed by the US President; a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF); and the opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues from across the nation. NSF administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). To learn more about eligibility requirements, nominate a teacher, or apply yourself, visit www.paemst.org.
The Noetic Learning Math Contest is a semiannual problem-solving competition for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students’ interest in math, to develop their problem-solving skills, and to inspire students to excel in math.