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September Webinar: What students should learn about science that is not taught now

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Andy Weatherhead Andrew Weatherhead 235 Points

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

3:00 - 4:00 pm EST

FREE to NSELA members and nonmembers! Pass along to your colleagues. Registration information is below.

K-12 science education standards and textbooks include many important topics (and some that are not so important). At the same time, multiple key science-based ideas are low priorities. Missing pieces include teaching students how to judge the quality of science-related claims and avoid “junk science”; providing basic information about viruses, vaccines, and immunizations; and helping students use science to make fact-based decisions in everyday life.

In this talk, based on a recent Science Educator article, Dr. Zucker will identify topics and ideas often missing in science education, suggest how NSELA leaders can help teachers incorporate these ideas into instruction, and describe the multiple benefits for students, as documented by research. Dr. Andrew Zucker has written dozens of articles and reports about K-12 education, including an article about revising science education standards in the winter 2021/Spring 2022 Science Educator and a free curriculum unit for grades 7-12 called Resisting Scientific Misinformation (see The Science Teacher, January 2020). A former science and mathematics teacher, Andy has been a Senior Research Scientist at the Concord Consortium and earlier served as Associate Director of SRI International’s Center for Education Policy where he led a national evaluation of the AAAS’s Project 2061, as well as leading other STEM education projects. Andy holds a master’s degree in science education from Stanford and a science education doctorate from Harvard. You can also read more about Dr. Zucker's article in the Science Educator journal. 

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