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TC President Susan Fuhrman has announced Trustees Marla Schaefer (M.A.'03), Leslie Nelson and Bill Rueckert as the new leaders of the College's $300 million campaign, Where the Future Comes First: The Campaign for Teachers College.
As Professor Emeritus at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Teachers College Trustee Ruth L. Gottesman (M.A., 1952; Ed.D., 1968) has seen firsthand the results of good teaching in science and math.
A New Way to Teach Science
Ann Rivet, TC Associate Professor of Education (Courtesy of Marc Gordon)
Under current science education standards adopted in 1996, students learn about, say, the water cycle one year and cell mitosis the next, but the curricula often fail to connect those topics to one another or to helpful tactile or visual experiences.
The proposed Next Generation Science Standards, drawn up by a national committee of science educators, learning researchers and content experts, are based on learning progressions, a concept of teaching and learning that has gained traction among education researchers in the last decade.
Learning progressions in science are designed to expose students to core big ideas – atomic and molecular theory, for example – and to provide them with increasingly sophisticated levels of understanding of those concepts as they move through the K—12 science program. At each level, students learn to use scientific practices to create new knowledge that takes their understanding to the next level.
“These standards can fundamentally change the way students come to understand science in K—12 education,” says Rivet, who serves on the New York State review committee for the proposed new standards.