Academic journal article Science Scope

Models and Approaches to STEM Professional Development

Academic journal article Science Scope

Models and Approaches to STEM Professional Development

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By Brenda S. Wojnowski and Celestine H. Pea. $34.95. 222 pp.

NSTA Press. Arlington, VA. 2014.

ISBN: 9781936137350.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) present a unique opportunity for science teachers and leaders. Science will no longer be placed on the back burner but will once again become an essential discipline for all students. The strong emphasis on STEM education in our schools will require a change in the way that teachers approach their discipline as we begin to implement the standards.

Models and Approaches to STEM Professional Development is an excel lent resource for teachers and science leaders as they prepare to incorporate changes into their classrooms. The book begins with several chapters that examine the history of science professional development. In addition to providing some historical context, these chapters discuss the importance of using proven models of professional development as science educators prepare to implement NGSS in their classrooms, schools, and school districts.

The core of the book is a series of essays that highlight successful state and district models of professional development. These models provide insight into the wide range of strategies that can be used for different, specific situations. …

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