The America Reads Challenge was initiated by President Clinton in 1996 and is a comprehensive, nationwide effort to create in-school, after-school, weekend, and summer tutoring programs in reading. Working to support the efforts of teachers and parents, this Challenge calls on all Americans to form a “citizen army” of volunteer tutors to ensure that every child can read independently by the end of the third grade. The government implements Federal Work-Study funds to staff the America Reads Challenge at universities with college-student tutor/mentors.The America Reads Program at ASU partners with local community organizations and Title 1 schools to provide tutoring and mentoring programs for underserved youth.
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Education Board's mission is to educate individuals at all levels in the microbiological sciences. It supports both student and faculty development through fellowships, online publications, conferences, workshops, institutes, and networking opportunities. The ASM K-12 Classroom and Outreach Activities collection is meant to illustrate the incorporation of the microbial world in the K-12 community either through science courses or through community-based events and programs. The activities come from classroom teachers and microbiologists and have been reviewed by the ASM Committee on K-12 Outreach for scientific and educational content, active learning and engagement, alignment with the National Science Education Standards, and clarity of accompanying instructions.
Established jointly by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, the Arizona Science Education Collaborative (ASEC) focuses on advancing STEM education by building effective partnerships between science and education researchers, technologists, K-12 teachers and administrators, and public and private sector stakeholders. ASEC serves as the hub for ASU’s STEM education community, catalyzing collaboration around issues such as retention, promoting pedagogical reforms to enhance STEM teaching, and encouraging creative thinking about how to improve student engagement and achievement in STEM. In addition, ASEC works with ASU Online, nationally recognized for its leadership in digital learning, to leverage the potentialities of technology to improve STEM learning.
Ask A Biologist is an award-winning program that has been in existence since 1997. In 2010 the website collection was officially accessioned by National Science Digital Library. Visitors to the site will find stories about current research, profiles of scientists (including companion audio podcast interviews), an image gallery, mystery images, puzzles, games, coloring pages, and interactive quizzes. In addition, the website features fun flexible data sets that can be used in and out of the classroom by teachers and parents. The data sets, such as the Virtual Pocket Seed Experiment, permit teachers to introduce as much or as little technology and hands-on experimentation as they feel is needed in the classroom.
The Arizona State University Mars Education Program is the formal education lead for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. We work within the NASA science and engineering communities to capture the process of exploration and translate those experiences to appropriate forms to use in K-12 classrooms. Our staff provides ongoing professional development opportunities to educators across the U.S. in the form of inquiry-based workshops and conferences, scientist-led field trips, STEM lessons and authentic research opportunities using NASA data for classroom students.
The Institute of Human Origins is committed to science education and public understanding of science through a robust outreach program. Created in 2000 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, IHO’s innovative, “Webby” award-winning website, BecomingHuman.org, is an online resource for teachers and the general public that provides paleoanthropological information for online users of all ages. The website features videos, an interactive timeline of the human lineage, and news stories from breaking human origins science.
Carbon Nation is an optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan, big tent film that shows tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national and energy security while promoting health and a clean environment. We are inspiring the next generation of American middle and high school students to choose STEM-based, clean energy-focused careers with carbon nation as a powerful addition to curriculum, to help increase student engagement with clean energy initiatives and careers.
CAP is a water wholesaler which brings Colorado River water into central and southern Arizona. CAP water is used by cities, agricultural users, Native American communities and some of it is stored underground for future use. One of CAP's priorities is to educate the community and youth about the importance of water management and conservation. CAP's educational materials are available free of charge for K-12 teachers and other educators interested in water education.
The Common Core Collaborative (C3) focuses on engaging higher education in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) implementation by creating and participating in CCSSM professional development across the state, with the goal of increasing teacher knowledge of and ability to implement CCSSM in Arizona classrooms. Faculty from the state colleges of education, university arts and sciences departments, teachers and administrators from schools and districts, community colleges, Arizona Department of Education staff, the Governor's office and Regional Education Centers will collaborate to create new or modify existing materials as well as conduct professional development activities with teachers, while simultaneously enhancing mathematics teacher preparation coursework and materials.
The Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the southwestern United States. We will ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to life the many wonders of the desert.
Children’s programming at the Desert Botanical Garden promotes a scientifically and environmentally literate community through hands-on and nature-based learning with Garden staff and resources. These place-based experiences inspire a connection to the unique wonders of the Sonoran Desert, encourage conservation of the natural world, and ignite a life-long appreciation for the environment.
A leader in Holocaust education, Echoes and Reflections provides comprehensive professional development for middle and high school educators and multimedia resources suitable for history/social studies, English/language arts, fine arts, social sciences, religion, and other content areas. The combined resources and expertise of three world leaders in education―the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem―have resulted in a robust educational program to help US secondary educators deliver accurate and authentic Holocaust education to today’s students.
The Echoes and Reflections program has provided professional development to over 20,000 educators and community leaders across the United States. These facilitator-led programs model active and collaborative learning as participants explore the Echoes and Reflections Teacher’s Resource Guide, including the visual history testimony from USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive incorporated into each lesson. Participants leave programs equipped with a complimentary copy of the Teacher’s Resource Guide, replete with effective teaching strategies, primary source materials, and connections to academic standards.
The mission of Eight Educational Outreach-ASSET is to provide the most innovative educational content and technologies to enrich the lives of children, students, educators, caregivers and parents through quality outreach programs and services that educate, inform, and inspire.We specialize in supporting educators and students in the classroom, and families at home by creating and connecting quality PBS educational content to national, common core and state standards. We help our constituents improve student performance through research-based content that is relevant and engaging.In partnership with PBS and Arizona State University, Eight Educational Outreach-ASSET serves as a trusted, independent catalyst for educational improvement.
Knowledge about life on Earth - of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria - is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere. The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is an open science project that pulls together information from over 350 partners about the world’s living nature - or biodiversity - including all plants, animals and microorganisms that have scientific names. All of the text, images, videos, data and educational resources on EOL are served under open licenses and are free to be reused and repurposed with attribution.
Ecology Explorers gives Phoenix area K-12 teachers and students opportunities to learn through real scientific research. You can help research our Phoenix ecosystem and be part of the Central Arizona - Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) project being carried out by scientists. The scientific data you collect can be shared with other researchers and schools to see what patterns in nature exist across our Phoenix metropolitan area!
The Global Oneness Project is an online multimedia platform producing and curating stories since 2006. They feature internationally acclaimed films, photography, and essays - with a focus on the arts, culture, and environment - and provide instructional resources for educators including lesson plans correlated with National Standards and the Common Core.
Graduate Partners in Science Education is a project-based science mentoring outreach program founded in 2005 by Jon Davis and Nathan Morehouse, at the time both graduate students in ASU’s School of Life Sciences. GPSE was initiated to provide an accessible opportunity for graduate students to become involved in community outreach, while simultaneously addressing real needs in science departments at underserved public schools
The Geospatial Research and Information Laboratory (GRAIL) offers geographic information system (GIS) support and training services to Northern Arizona teacher, students, and partners at its two NAU campus facilities. GRAIL staff members also assist researchers conducting GIS-related research, including supporting spatial data management, serving data, and assisting with integrative activities such as data modeling and visualization design. GRAIL is jointly managed by the Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation and the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research. The Geospatial Research and Information Laboratory (GRAIL) hosts the Esri statewide educational license makes ArcGIS software available for free to all Arizona public, charter, private, and home schools, as well nonprofit, youth-serving organizations.
We create an educational, interactive, and contemporary museum experience for children of all ages to increase awareness and prevent cardiovascular diseases. The Halle Heart Children’s Museum experience empowers children to make lifestyle choices that will create a new generation of healthy kids.
SHARED PURPOSETo educate our students—with rigor, dedication, depth, and the application of innovative technology.* * *To involve our students—along with their parents and community, in a cooperative vision of education as a key to responsible and productive citizenship.* * *To prepare our students—to meet the events of their lives with knowledge, insight, and perseverance.* * *To inspire our students—to believe that, with hard work, they can achieve great things in whatever career they choose, and thus help to make a better world.
Inside the Academy provides distinguished educational researchers, scholars, and practitioners an opportunity to share their passion for education. Inspired by the Emmy award winning Inside the Actors Studio, Inside the Academy honors the personal and professional achievements of exemplary scholars, most of whom are members of the National Academy of Education.
inspiring future engineersThe Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering engage Arizona’s K-12 students through creative, hands-on activities that inspire them to become technically savvy, prepare for studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related fields and pursue careers in engineering.Through a variety of on-campus activities, after-school programs, summer camps and collaborations with faculty and engineering student organizations, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering strive to create a pipeline of students to fill the ever-increasing global need for engineers.
The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University offers challenging education programs that prepare highly qualified and successful teachers, leaders and researchers. Teachers College serves all four ASU campuses in metropolitan Phoenix and students across Arizona.
MIM celebrates music as a sustaining human gift and enriches world culture by collecting, preserving, and exhibiting a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. MIM also fosters appreciation of diverse cultures by showing that we all innovate, adapt, and learn from each other to create music—the universal language.
Recognizing that an effective teacher is the most important school-based factor impacting student achievement, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) is committed to ensuring a highly skilled, strongly motivated and competitively compensated teacher for every classroom in America. It does so by partnering with states, universities, districts and schools to develop powerful models that support career advancement, ongoing professional development, educator evaluation and observation, and performance-based compensation. NIET’s training, tools and resources are driven by a diverse team of educators, researchers and policy experts and are built on more than a decade of experience implementing educator effectiveness systems across the country. Impacting over 200,000 teachers and 2.5 million students—and growing exponentially—NIET aims to achieve the goals of Educator excellence…Student achievement…Opportunities for all.
The CSTL provides professional development to educators and educational organizations to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Our customized professional development services use research based strategies to develop science content understanding, integrate real world engineering practices, and implement Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Visit our webpage often for new opportunities.The CSTL offers program evaluation and assessment for teacher preparation, teacher professional development and higher education STEM programs. Services include program planning, developing evaluation plans and logic models, data collection, analysis and reporting.
New College is interdisciplinary in its orientation recognizing that the problems our society confronts today are often large and complex, requiring multiple perspectives in order to discover solutions. An interdisciplinary approach builds upon the knowledges of multiple disciplines—like history, religion, psychology, sociology, biology, statistics—and brings them together to meet such challenges as developing sustainable societies, creating social justice and human rights, ending poverty, and understanding who we are and what gives meaning to our lives.
The Practice, Research, and Innovation in Mathematics Education (PRIME) Center at Arizona State University was established to expand the talents and interests of K-12 students in STEM. PRIME Center staff works with ASU faculty and students on research and development projects.Dedicated to:
The Sanford Inspire Program is a gift-funded project within the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. We believe that each child deserves an inspirational teacher; one who possesses excellent instructional and relationship building skills. We design personalized professional development resources to support teachers in working toward educational equity. That is, developing the knowledge, skills, and mindsets to support the academic and social success of each student. We partner with K-12 schools and teacher preparation organizations to realize our vision of an inspirational teacher in every classroom.
Our planet and our species face unprecedented challenges as the growing human population puts unsustainable demands on the earth’s resources and regenerative capacity. It is imperative that we educate future generations to understand the challenges that they face and the potential solutions within their grasp.We believe that attaining a sustainable future can be achieved one classroom at a time by informed and dedicated teachers.Our mission is to empower K-8 teachers with an understanding of how science, technology, and effective governance can create a sustainable society, and provide them with the ability to translate these concepts to their classrooms.
As part of the ASU NEXT grant, the Teaching Foundations Project (TFP) will change how future educators experience and understand our complex world by funding new rigorous and inquiry-based activities in their early undergraduate curriculum. The TFP supports new coursework that encourages creative thinking, problem solving, and the interconnectedness of the arts, humanities, and science.
The purpose of the Arizona Geographic Alliance is to strengthen geography education in Arizona. We are funded through grants from the National Geographic Society. In addition, we receive support from Arizona State University's School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning where the AzGA office is located. We are proud to partner with these agencies in addition to the Arizona Council on Economic Education, Arizona Foundation on Legal Services and Education, and the Arizona Council for the Social Studies, as well as other national and state groups.
Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and headquartered at Vanderbilt University’s celebrated Peabody College, the IRIS Center creates online resources about evidence-based practices to help improve the learning and behavioral outcomes of all children and students, particularly those with disabilities and struggling learners. IRIS resource include Modules, Case Study Units, Classroom Activities, and a host of online tools and informational resources, all available on the Center’s barrier-free Website. For a nominal fee, IRIS also offers professional development certificates through our online PD Hours Store and School & District Platform.
The mission of the i.d.e.a. Museum is to inspire children of all ages to experience their world differently through art, creativity and imagination. Education is fundamental to the Museum’s mission and is included in the development and implementation of each program and exhibition we create. We believe that museums are interactive environments where discovery, learning and dialogue are encouraged and supported. Our exhibitions and programs reflect interdisciplinary connections. Our gallery activities offer family centered, multigenerational learning opportunities, and address individual learning styles and skill levels. We are committed to providing exceptional programs that foster an understanding of art. We use art as the inspiration and vehicle to explore and concretize concepts in science, engineering, math, social studies, and language arts, often using technology as method of facilitation.
Observing phenology using Nature's Notebook offers place-based, hands-on learning opportunities, provides a collaborative platform for site-based educators, promotes cross-subject engagement while addressing standards of learning, and can be used to identify and answer local scientific research questions addressed by many natural resource, volunteer and gardening groups. Phenology is an excellent lens for teaching about the natural world.
The mission of Equity Alliance is to promote access, participation and positive outcomes for all students by engaging educational stakeholders, reframing and advancing the discourse on educational equity and transforming public education, locally, nationally and internationally.
The School of Nutrition and Health Promotion (SNHP) is dedicated to the provision of a rigorous, high caliber education for students interested in Nutrition, Exercise and Wellness, Kinesiology, Health Sciences, and Medical Laboratory Sciences. The School is committed to the engagement in and the application of research designed to promote health and well-being and to reduce to the risk of chronic diseases across the lifespan and throughout society.
iCivics' mission is to ensure that every student receives a high-quality civic education, and becomes engaged in – and beyond – the classroom. iCivics exists to engage students in meaningful civic learning. We provide civics teachers well-written, inventive, and free resources that enhance their practice and inspire their classrooms. iCivics was created by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Focus Wild Arizona is the Arizona Game & Fish Department’s award-winning K-12 wildlife education program. The goal of the program is to promote awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the state’s wildlife resources by using wildlife as a context for learning science, social studies, math and language arts. The program includes complete standards-based lesson plans, books, posters, workshops and many more free or low-cost resources.
The vision of the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR) Center is to develop and support accomplished teachers, teacher leaders, and leaders for diverse learners. We do this by advancing and aligning the systems that enhance the knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions of pre-service and in-service educators.
This is an eBook of technology and computer literacy TOPICS that were collected from Arizona State University (ASU) Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Educational Technology courses. Content has been collaboratively designed and developed by professors, instructors and lecturers from ASU who have taught EDT 180 and EDT 321 courses. This collection of topics is made available to professors teaching in these subjects, and to their students. Each topic contains resources and applied projects.
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