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Best Practices in STEM Education

Innovative Approaches from Einstein Fellow Alumni, Second Edition


Edited By Tim Spuck, Leigh Jenkins, Terrie Rust and Remy Dou

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education are seen by leaders from across the globe as key to economic success and prosperity. The goal of Best Practices in STEM Education: Innovative Approaches from Einstein Fellow Alumni, Second Edition is to improve the state of STEM education, not only in the United States, but internationally as well—good education anywhere is good for education everywhere. As the body of STEM-learning research grows, this second volume provides the unique perspective of nationally recognized educators who have spent, collectively, more than 600,000 hours at the interface between teaching and learning. The 24 chapters included in this volume are the product of years of practice, mistakes, reflection, and refinement. They provide the experiential pragmatism backed by research so desired by practitioners. Each chapter communicates how its author has implemented a specific STEM practice in the classroom and how the practice might be modified for use in other classrooms, schools, and learning environments. These are stories of success, as well as stories of struggle. Readers of this second edition will gain powerful insight about what really works when it comes to teaching and learning STEM.

Best Practices in STEM Education: Innovative Approaches from Einstein Fellow Alumni, Second Edition will serve as an excellent resource for use in any science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching methods course, and no professional education library, K through college, should be without a copy

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Buffy Cushman-Patz is the founder and School Leader for the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS), a 6th–12th grade public charter school in Honolulu, Hawai’i. She has taught math and science in public, charter, and independent schools in Hawai’i. Buffy completed her EdM in School Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in May 2012, with School Development as her concentration. She earned her principal’s license while serving as a member of the leadership team of Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. In 2010–2011, Buffy served her Einstein Fellowship year as the first fellow in the National Science Foundation’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. She earned an MS in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and a BS in Geology from the University of Florida. In 2010, Buffy returned to the Galapagos Spreading Center, her MS thesis study area, to serve as a Teacher at Sea, sharing geologic research conducted using the Alvin submersible with students in Hawai’i and around the world. Buffy volunteered for Teachers Without Borders in 2008 and 2010, leading math and science workshops for teachers in South Africa. Buffy’s exploration of teaching and learning through the lenses of theory, policy, leadership, and through her firsthand experiences as a teacher in both conventional and unconventional settings, guides her work as a School Leader. (Contact Buffy at

Remy Dou grew up and taught in a richly diverse metropolis. Most recently,...

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