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Webinar: Teaching Sustainability -12, Nov. 4

Presenters of this webinar share their experiences with sustainability education in K-12 schools and provide an overview of the national trends and related research

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Website: Girls’ Engineering, SWE

Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers, Aspire K-12 outreach offers a wealth of lessons and activities to help students explore biomedical, civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, materials, general, and aerospace engineering.

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STEM Graduates Choose Other Careers

Solid numbers of STEM students are graduating from schools, but they’re rejecting science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers for those in other fields. So says a new paper by researchers at Georgetown and Rutgers universities.

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Website: Science NetLinks

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Science Netlinks/Thinkfinity offers free, Internet-based content across academic disciplines, with a wealth of standards-aligned resources for K-12 science educators, including lesson plans, interactives, and reviewed Internet resources.

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Lunar Certification: NASA, Pomona, CA, Nov. 12

Lunar Certification allows you to borrow actual lunar rock and soil samples as well as meteorite samples from NASA. If you’re interested and live or work near Pomona, Calif., you can attend this free class.

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More Teaching Resources: Engineering Pathway

The Engineering Pathway offers teaching and learning resources in engineering, applied science and math, computer science/information technology, and engineering technology for K-12 and university educators and students.

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No Gains in Fourth-Grade Math Scores

Fewer than four of 10 fourth- and eighth-graders are proficient in mathematics, according to a highly regarded federal test given in early 2009, according to The Wall Street Journal and other news sources. The results add to recent evidence that the U.S. drive to become more economically competitive by overhauling public education may be falling short.

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Profile: Arne Duncan

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan got his start in education doing chores at an inner-city Chicago after-school center run by his mother. The Sue Duncan Center was attended by kids from elementary to high school age, nearly all of them African Americans struggling with the grind of urban poverty — crime, drugs, gangs, absent parents.

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Chicagoans Skirt Danger Getting to School

Before they crack a textbook or enter a school’s doors, most public high school students in Chicago have already taken their first test of the day, the Chicago Tribune reports. To make it to school, students crisscross streets carved up by gangs, board buses at chaotic stops and steer clear of particularly dangerous swaths of the neighborhood.

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