Next Generation Science Standards

Carlie Cooney

At the beginning of the San Mateo Environmental Education Learning Collaborative (SM ELC) workshop, Dr. Gerald Lieberman asked us who didn’t feel comfortable or knowledgeable applying the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The majority of teachers in the room raised their hands. Before we joined the SM ELC, I would have raised my hand as […]

Kelly M. Kell

Making Sense of the NGSS

Posted by Kelly M. Kell on August 10, 2016

A Non-Science Person’s Perspective I’ve never been a “science person.” By this I mean I didn’t care for science classes when I was a student. I remember taking physical science, biology, and chemistry in high school because they were required to attend university, but I don’t remember enjoying them. I’ve always chocked this up to […]

Kim Moon

Last week Ten Strands and the San Mateo County Office of Education—STEM Center hosted the second iteration of the San Mateo Environmental Learning Collaborative (SM ELC), a professional learning workshop for San Mateo county teachers. The SM ELC brought together area nonformal environmental education partners, curriculum experts from the State Education and Environment Roundtable (SEER), teacher trainers from CalRecycle’s Office of Education […]

Sara Church

When I teach environmental literacy in my class I feel like I am opening a door for students to walk through. This door opens to empowerment, knowledge, and stewardship. Children want to be big thinkers. The more I challenge them with big ideas the more they rise to the occasion, and learning about the environment […]

Julie DiMaio

(This is part two of teacher Julie DiMaio’s blog. In part one Julie describes her participation in the San Mateo Environmental Learning Collaborative summer 2015 teacher institute. In part two she shares the outcome of her work and the impact the unit she developed had on her students.) Once Jerry told us that the Environmental […]

Julie DiMaio

Note: This part one of a two-part blog post by guest author Julie DiMaio I can’t begin to describe the sense of responsibility I feel being “THE science teacher” at my school. Mind you, this is not an official title, more an acknowledgment of a passion and interest so deep that it is part of […]

Ariel Whitson

A few years ago many of my friends were on the hunt for jobs. It was a pretty dismal landscape. When I graduated from college in 2010 unemployment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), was at a high rate of 9.8%. This number has decreased and is now at 5.7, but the new issue […]

Kim Moon

  Working in the education arena can really do wonders for any misconceptions one might have about teachers having the summer off. Although school is technically out, anyone who thinks teachers don’t work year-round is sorely mistaken—as I’ve had the privilege to witness firsthand in both July and now again in August. It’s taken months […]