SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / June 2010 /

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Building a Strong Foundation for STEM Subjects

Spring/Summer Issue of SEDL Letter Focuses on Science, Technology, and Mathematics

SEDL Letter cover imageWe are all hearing about the growing demand for people in science, technology, engineering, and math—or STEM—fields. At the same time, we hear sobering news of a persistent achievement gap in U.S. schools and concerns about whether enough students are graduating with the necessary skills to enter these fields and compete in the global marketplace.

In the Spring/Summer issue of SEDL Letter, we address challenges and solutions related to STEM instruction. We describe three different professional development projects where SEDL content experts are helping teachers provide instruction in math, science, and technology—or some combination of the three—more effectively and in a more integrated way. We examine the importance of evaluation in helping educators identify and meet goals on STEM-related projects. We also review a research report on ways that instructors can engage students, especially those who are underrepresented in STEM fields.

Tips and Tools
Free Resources
Helping English Language Learners With Mathematics This interactive document was developed during a professional development session, led by the Texas Comprehensive Center, for mathematics and ESL specialists from the Education Service Centers in Texas.

The document is divided into three sections:

  • Levels of Student Language Proficiency
  • Key Components of Successful Strategies for ELLs in Secondary Math
  • References

Visit the Texas Comprehensive Center Web site to learn more.

  Science After School (SAS) Consumers Guide
The SAS Consumers Guide contains reviews of high-quality, hands-on science content for afterschool programs. Materials include semester and year-long curricula, activity kits, instructor guides consisting of many related activities, and Web sites that offer content appropriate for afterschool programs. The guide has recently been updated so that afterschool professionals can submit reviews and suggest resources for the Web site.

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