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Einstein Fellows

Best Practices in STEM Education – With assistance from Terrie Rust & Remy Dou

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

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is seen by leaders from across the globe as key to economic success and prosperity. Einstein Fellows attempts to improve the state of STEM education, not only here in the United States, but internationally as well. As the body of STEM-learning research grows, this volume provides the unique perspective of nationally recognized educators who have spent, collectively, more than 400,000 hours at the interface between teaching and learning. 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. Readers of Einstein Fellows: Best Practices in STEM Education will gain powerful insight about what really works when it comes to teaching and learning STEM. This publication will serve as an excellent resource for use in any science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching methods course; no professional education library K through college, should be without a copy.

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THE TEACHER’S VOICE: NOTES FROM THE FRONTLINE OF EDUCATION REFORM

“Education is the future.” We hear that often because it is central to the knowledge economy and the success of a strong democracy in our ever-more-technical age. When finding ways to improve education, many leaders in the field draw on a plethora of books, studies, and on-line material. What we too seldom hear, however, is the teacher’s voice.

Now a group of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers have taken a big step forward: putting the teacher’s voice on center stage. The essays in Einstein Fellows: Best Practices in STEM Education are written by participants in the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. Developed and supported by the Department of Energy, the Einstein Program brings outstanding K–12 STEM teachers from around the country to Washington, D.C., where they work for 1 and sometimes 2 years. The teachers serve in technical agencies including the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Some work in congressional offices or on congressional committees whose members can and have drawn on their experience to help draft legislation, and others have been placed at the U.S. Department of Education.

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