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Teaching Tag Definition: Relates to Teaching Astronomy, such as AER, SPARK, new faculty workshops, STEM funding opportunities, etc.

Report on the National AAS Department Chairs Meeting

The biennial AAS Department Chairs Meeting was held in Chicago on Saturday, 3 November 2012, with about 35 chairs attending from around the nation. The meeting was sponsored by the AAS and organized by Jerry Sellwood (Rutgers) and David Kieda (Utah), with assistance from Jeri Cochran (U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). AAS President David Helfand and Executive Officer Kevin Marvel represented the Society.

Guidelines for Spark Contributors

SPARK publishes original articles on astronomy education about or related to the education programs and activities of the American Astronomical Society and its members. Reading previous issues will give you an idea of the types of articles that appear in the Newsletter. Opinion pieces, reviews, letters to the editor, newsworthy items are all welcome, subject to the guidelines below.

Six Ways to Discourage Learning

Douglas Duncan

American Astronomical Society Education Office
Amy Singel Southon
Chicago Botanic Gardens


One way to improve your teaching is to become aware of very common things teachers often do which don't help the learning process, and avoid them! This usually takes some practice, and discussion with others who teach. Six of these behaviors you should note and avoid are:

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.

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