1. Devise a STEM education improvement strategy based on data
STEM teachers should make sure that all school administrators,
parents, and public officials know that U.S. students compete on
standardized tests like the Program for International Student
Assessment (PISA) examination not just as a school, but with students
around the world. PISA scores compare students regionally and globally.
The PISA test was given to 15-year-olds in 30 industrialized countries
last year. It focused on science and also included a math portion.
Analyses of the 2006 PISA test shows that U.S. students were out
performed by 16 other countries, each of whom have made significant
improvements in their STEM education practices in the last few years.
Improvements in math and science instruction are important to keep
our nation and communities competitive in the new global economy.
Statistics on job growth, employment trends, and student achievement
can all be used to illustrate why K-12 STEM education is important.
2. Learn by example: Review student success in Finland
Recent analyses of 2006 PISA scores show that Finland students
outperformed all other countries in science and math areas.
Investigators who tried to explain why Finland was so much more success
in its STEM education program propose five reasons for Finish student
high scores: 1) National standards; 2) a high regard for teachers and
the teaching profession; 3) equitable distribution of resources; 4)
autonomy at the school level to implement reforms; and 5) opportunities
to personalize instruction.
3. Add NASA inspiration to STEM teacher education through ePDN
If you are a K-12 teacher of STEM disciplines looking for a way to
enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development
goals, or find new and exciting resources to use in your learning
environments… then NASA Electronic Professional Development Network
(ePDN) is for you!