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Video: Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards
Still have some basic questions about the Next Generation Science Standards? You're not alone. Many teachers and schools around the country are still trying to figure out what the new standards are all about and how they'll change teaching and learning. And with some states, including Illinois, planning to roll out tests aligned to the new standards as soon as this spring, understanding them is now more critical than ever. The EdWeek Video team recently sat down with David Evans, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, and asked him some questions.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Are High Schools Teaching Science Backward?
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U.S. high schools are teaching science in a backward sequence of courses that is a remnant of 19th century thinking, says former Harman executive and New Jersey Teacher of the Year Robert Goodman-and changing the order in which science courses are taken and the way they're delivered can lead to profound differences in both STEM interest and achievement.
Low Math Confidence Discourages Female Students from Pursuing STEM Disciplines
Female college students are 1.5 times more likely than their male counterparts to leave science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) after taking the first course in the calculus series, new research finds. The study, published last week in PLOS ONE, supports what many educators have observed and earlier studies have documented: A lack of confidence in mathematical ability, not mathematical capability itself, is a major factor in dissuading female students from pursuing STEM. 
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Sandia Labs Celebrates 30 Years of STEM Program for Local Students
Since 1986, Sandia National Laboratories has helped more than 3,000 middle and high school students get involved in fun, hands-on science and engineering activities and explore a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. That 30-year milestone will be celebrated July 29 with former students, instructors and volunteers at Albuquerque's African American Performing Arts Center & Exhibition Hall.
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Team U.S.A. Earns Gold and Silver Medals at the International Biology Olympiad 
The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) announces four-member Team USA was awarded three Gold Medals and one Silver Medal at the 27th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) held in Hanoi, Vietnam. This worldwide competition involved students from 71 countries.
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Health Professions Week Is September 26-30, 2016

Health Professions Week (HPW) is a week-long event for high school students, college students, and advisors interested in learning more about careers in the health professions. HPW will include an online treasure hunt, on-campus events, and two virtual fairs. The entire event is free online for high school students, counselors, undergrads and advisors.
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