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Resources for Educators

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K-12 Resources - Useful references for Classroom Resources, Science Education Standards, and creating effective Public Outreach plans.

Undergraduate and Graduate Level Resources - Graduate and Undergraduate related website and programs.

Programs and Additional Resources - Programs for teacher education and Professional Development and other program resources.

K-12 Resources

Classroom Resources

ASP - The Astronomical Society of the Pacific has programs, resources, and the particularly helpful University in the Classroom newsletter. Also has a guide to K-12 Astronomy activities available on the web.

FLAG - Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide for science teachers to assess classroom techniques.

NASA - NASA has a database containing useful space science teaching tools for selected grade levels.

Creating Effective Education and Public Outreach Plans

NASA - NASA offers access to both its Education and Public Outreach resources as well as a support network for everything related Explanatory Guide to the NASA Office of Space Science Education and Public Outreach Evaluation Criteria (February 2002)

NSF - Links to programs and grants for K-12, undergraduate and graduate education, informal education and education research.

Department of Education - Links to education resources for preK-12, higher education and adult education, as well as to policy, grants, and research.

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (formerly the Office of Space Science) - Sample EPO Proposals and Plans

Performance Metrics for NASA's SMD EPO Programs - A resource guide for anyone concerned about the potential elimination of the education and public outreach (EPO) activities in NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD), as called for in President Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal.

Science Education Standards

National Science Education Standards (NSES) - The National Research Council's (NRC) vision for a scientifically literate populace, outlining what students need to know, understand, and be able to do to be scientifically literate at different grade levels. Published in 1998, these are the common set of standards that many states use. See the National Science Teachers Association's NSES page for additional resources.

Next Generation Science Standards – Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards are being developed that will be rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The NGSS will be based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.

Benchmarks for Science Literacy - Published by Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Resources for Involving Scientists in Education from the National Academy of Sciences and the Space Science Institute Resources

National Institute for Science Education - The NISE College Level One Team aims to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in first-year introductory science, math, engineering, and technology courses. Its research identifies and validates effective practices in these courses and the team works with the NISE Interacting with Professional Audiences Team to disseminate this information to key audiences.

Undergraduate and Graduate Resources

For Undergraduate Students

College Departments that offer Astronomy related degrees - This is by no means a complete list, but a comprehensive and frequently updated version of the more well known Physics and Astronomy Departments in this country.

The AAS Career Brochure - With answers to frequently asked questions about careers in Astronomy such as "What kind of jobs are there?" and "How much do Astronomers make?"

Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students - A list of Research Experiments for Undergraduate Students and Summer programs.

For Faculty

Astronomycenter.org — a digital library of resources for instructors of introductory astronomy. Astronomycenter.org is a collection of the comPADRE project, a joint program of the AAS, AAPT, APS, and AIP.

SABER: A searchable annotated bibliography of education research in astronomy. The database contains full bibliographic references to published research articles in the areas of science education, science teaching, teacher education, curriculum and instruction, cognitive science, and informal education. For each reference we provide an annotation, consisting of a short description of the article's content, study focus, and key findings.

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Selected List of Web Sites for Instructors of Introductory Astronomy Courses - anannotated resource list of web sites useful in the teaching of college-level introductory astronomy.

Interesting Problems For Physics / Astronomy 101 & 102 - freely downloadable problems appropriate for courses in introductory astronomy, including an honors introductory course for non-science majors, an introductory course for science majors, and a second course for non-science majors. Problems in basic physics are also included. From George Greenstein at Amherst College.

For Graduate Students and Faculty

National Science Foundation - Access to publication list and many graduate level resources.

Reshaping the Graduate Education of Scientists and Engineers - The National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, recommends that graduate programs provide a broader exposure to experiences desired by both academic and nonacademic employers.

Teacher Education and Professional Development

Distance Learning Courses for Inservice Teachers - Five online astronomy courses from the National Teachers Enhancement Network.

National Science Teachers Association - A comprehensive list of resources for science teachers.

To Touch the Future: Transforming the Way Teachers Are Taught - This groundbreaking report urges college presidents to make teacher education a central part of their institutional mission, to ensure that the education of teachers is of the highest quality, and to provide effective support to both beginning and experienced teachers.

Six Ways to Discourage Learning - A guide of important pitfalls to avoid when teaching.

Building a Science of Teaching Physics - Millikan Award Lecture (1998) by Joe Redish, University of Maryland

Career Workshops at AAS Meetings

Additional Resources

SPARK Newletter-SPARK is published twice per year, in January and in June. It consists primarily of original articles about or related to the education programs and activities of the American Astronomical Society and its members. From time to time reprinted articles on astronomy education topics are also published. Contributions such as editorial columns, articles, letters to the editor are welcome from anyone.

SPECTRUM Newletter-The SPECTRUM newsletter is published semi-annually. It consists primarily of original articles about or related to the education programs and activities of the Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy.

STATUS Newletter-STATUS is the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy's (CSWA) semiannual printed publication. It consists of original and reprinted articles on topics relating to women in astronomy, in science and/or in society. Contributions, such as editorial columns, factual articles, personal stories and letters to the editor.

Astronomy Education in the US: an overview

Astro 101 Workshops Final Report

The Ancient Universe: How Astronomers Know the Vast Scale of Cosmic Time. A guide for Teachers, Students and the Public. Published by the AAS in 2004.

The Process of Science: and its Interaction with Non-Scientific Ideas. A guide for Teachers, Students and the Public. Published by the AAS in 2007.

Astronomy Education Review. An electronic journal for astronomy and space science education, in either formal or informal settings. The AER publishes peer reviewed research articles as well as topical, news articles.

Project Astro - The Astronomical Society of the Pacific's link between teachers and Astronomers for the Bay Area.

US School District list - with links to state departments of education and education programs.

Publishers of Education Practice Resources (NB: this is not a comprehensive list, nor does it constitute endorsement by the AAS).

Additional Professional Development Resources are listed on the Career Resources page.

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