Rhode Island Computer Science Education Standards

On May The Rhode Island Council on Elementary and Secondary Education endorsed the new Rhode Island Computer Science Education Standards which identify the knowledge, practices, and skills in computer science (CS) that all students should know and be able to do at each level in their education.  They inform, encourage, and drive a sustainable computer science education program by creating realistic pathways and expectations for all students. The CS Education Standards Advisory Committee represented a broad range of expertise including elementary, middle, and high school teachers, district coordinators and administrators, higher education faculty, and industry professionals.  Experts in cybersecurity and…

2017-2018 Nature Works Everywhere Grant Now Open

The Nature Conservancy will be awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges.  Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to 60 public or charter schools across the United States.   A Nature Works Everywhere project empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities. Whether addressing issues surrounding access to healthy food, air quality, urban heat island effect, or stormwater collection, youth are empowered as social innovators to model solutions in their school communities through design and implementation.  Applications must be submitted online by…

Senators Call Out Phony Science Materials Sent to Teachers Nationwide

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) along with Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) , and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to highlight bogus materials sent by the Heartland Institute to more than 300,000 public school science teachers across the country.  The materials which include an 11-minute DVD and 135-page book call into question the scientific consensus on human-caused climate change.  The Heartland Institute has a record of disseminating “alternate facts” including challenging the health risks of tobacco in the 1990s.  Read more. A PDF copy of Senator Whitehouse’s letter is available here.

STEM Starts Early

STEM Starts Early: Grounding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education in Early Childhood,” published by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and New America and supported by a National Science Foundation grant reports that children who engage in scientific activities at an early age (between birth and age 8) develop positive attitudes toward science, build up their STEM vocabularies and do better at problem solving, meeting challenges and acquiring new skills.  Along with their findings, researchers offer several recommendations including engaging parents, supporting teacher professional development, and increasing resources.  Full Report

National Grid Energy Saving School Fundraiser Program

National Grid’s Fundraiser Program enables schools to raise funds while teaching he community about energy efficiency and conservation.  Participation is easy and each school keeps 100% of the money collected through the fundraiser.  The program is targeted at grades K-8 but high schools and some youth organizations may also be eligible to participate.  For more information, contact Bonnie Devlin at 1-413-355-0079 or bonnie.a.devlin@lmco.com.  

2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection

The 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) is a survey of all public schools and school districts in the United States. The CRDC measures student access to courses, programs, instructional and other staff, and resources — as well as school climate factors, such as student discipline and bullying and harassment — that impact education equity and opportunity for students. The U.S. Department of Education will release additional data highlights on key topics later in 2016.  Read more.

New Computer Science Initiative in Rhode Island – CS4RI

Governor Raimondo announced a new initiative on March 7th to expand computer science learning for all public school students. Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) is a partnership between the Office of Innovation at Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island STEM Center, Rhode Island Department of Education, computer science providers and the business community to bring CS learning opportunities to all Rhode Island schools by Fall 2017.  Read more

Public Review Period for K-12 Computer Science Standards

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) invites teachers, curriculum supervisors, administrators, business leaders and the broad education and business communities to review the K-12 Computer Science (CS) Standards and offer feedback.   The CS standards include computer science learning objectives to guide/inform teachers and administrators in the design and implementation of CS activities integrated into existing curriculum and as stand-alone courses. The CSTA K-12 CS Standards were originally published in 2011 and scheduled for a routine revision in 2015-2016.  The public review period will open on February 16 and will close on March 3, 2016.  Read more

New Hockey Scholar Course

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) have announced the launch of Hockey ScholarTM, a new hockey-themed STEM education course. Since its launch in September 2014, Future Goals™ has reached more than 375,000 students throughout the United States and Canada across 3,500 schools, generating more than 1.5 million hours of STEM learning opportunities. The Hockey Scholar course takes students on an exciting educational journey with the goal of winning a virtual Stanley Cup®. As they guide their team, students complete 12 learning modules that educate them and test their knowledge on core STEM concepts…