Adherence to Coherence!

Science education of the past was a passing down of the discoveries made by the great minds of centuries gone by.  A student of science was to learn the intricacies of theories and attribute them to the scientists that brought them to our understanding.  Technical vocabulary, formulas, and minute details were to be memorized and regurgitated as the only path to success in the classroom.  At the same time this ensured that science was out of reach for many learners. Thankfully our understanding of how students learn, tells us that this outdated mode of instruction fails to work with the curiosity of the students.  

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Chad Janowski
A Reflective Blog

As spring weather starts to peek out from behind the gray clouds, we love to see the return of our feathery friends. These amazingly sleek birds, Sandhill Cranes, showcase their vibrant colored heads and dramatic long legs to our staff throughout the spring and summer.  We believe they nest in the long grasses of the marshy area around our building. It is a joy to see their natural beauty, but in all fairness, we need to startle them away from our front doors by making loud noises because they are causing damage to our property.

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April Pingel
That’s Phenomenal! Helping Students to Make Sense of the World

Not all phenomena are so phenomenal.  As a matter of fact very few are. The movement of the Earth, sun and moon are observed by all of us daily.  These mundane experiences are often overlooked, but represent a path of discovery navigated by our ancestors.  We come to understand the rules by which the universe operates by experiencing them, questioning them, and testing them.  We call it science. 

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CurriculumChad Janowski
What will 2018 Einstein Academy look like this summer?

As a classroom teacher I always looked forward to summer vacation almost as much as my students did.  It was time for me to totally check-out of school for a much-needed mental and emotional break from working with students on a daily basis.  I’d spend the first week or so sleeping in late, weeding my gardens, and picking up a delicious fiction book. This year I’m really looking forward to summer, but for a totally different reason.  This is the summer when the Einstein Project is going to roll-out a whole new venue of professional development that is going to be (wait for it) EPIC!

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Kim Lemberger
Working on Diversity in STEM Education

The Einstein Project has teamed up with administrators and educators from Green Bay Area Public Schools and the School District of South Milwaukee to tackle the issue of underrepresentation in STEM education.  Our team was selected by the Smithsonian Science Education Center to attend a Teacher Leadership Summit at Howard University in Washington, DC on February 23-25, 2018. 

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Are You Ready for 3D Science? Exploring the 5 Innovations of NGSS

Across the country K-12 science education is getting a make-over. We have known for many years that students need hands-on experiences to pique their interest and re-enforce conceptual development. Yet, since the publication of the Framework for K-12 Science Education in 2012, and the subsequent release of the Next Generation Science Standards in 2013, teachers across the nation have begun a massive endeavor to transform science learning.

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Teacher Mindset

What if we looked at Professional Development differently in 2018?  Rather than seeing it as something you have to do, what about reframing it as something you want to do?  These very questions are at the heart of some of the changes we are implementing at the Einstein Project...

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Kim Lemberger