K-12 Resources

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

Classroom Resources

Astronomical Society of the Pacific – The ASP has programs, resources, and the particularly helpful Universe in the Classroom newsletter. It also has a guide to K-12 Astronomy activities available online.

Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide – This FLAG is 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 and various versions of the Explanatory Guide to the NASA Office of Space Science Education and Public Outreach Evaluation Criteria

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.