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  • 14 Jun 2019 11:03 AM | Anonymous member

    Dear Middle School Science Teacher:

    My name is Barbara Nagle. I am a curriculum and assessment developer at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. I am planning to conduct a research study, which I invite you to take part in.


    We are doing this study to develop assessments to monitor students’ progress towards understanding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These assessments are intended for teachers to use at the end of a science unit and will be provided as open educational resources for broad use in a variety of educational settings.


    If you would like to take part in our study, you will be asked to assist with the research activities that will take place in your science classroom, where students will respond to drafts of the assessment items. This will require permission from your principal and/or district. Your participation in our study potentially involves engaging in two activities. The first activity is providing our research team with your written feedback about the assessment items used for testing in your classroom. Your written feedback will help us improve the assessment items for use in classroom practice. After completing the written feedback about the assessment items used for testing in your classroom, you may be invited to take part in a focus group activity. This activity is optional and your participation may depend on your availability. This focus group will meet for up to three 8-hour full-day sessions at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California or at a site convenient to your school district. You and the other group members will discuss the drafts of the assessment items and scoring rubrics, examine student work samples, and work with project staff to revise the items and scoring guides.


    There will be no direct benefit to you from participating in this study other than an opportunity to see some assessment items developed for NGSS. However, it is hoped that the information gained from the study will allow us to generate a set of high-quality assessment tools that will allow teachers and districts to monitor their students’ progress towards mastery of the Next Generation Science Standards. These tools will be available to you and others at the end of the project.

    Who can participate?

    To participate, you must be currently teaching the NGSS in your middle school science classroom at a public or private school. Additionally, your principal or district must agree that we can conduct research in your classroom.

    If you are interested in participating, please contact Sara Kolar at (510) 642-8719 or via email at srkolar@berkeley.edu.


    Barbara Nagle

    Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) 

    Lawrence Hall of Science

    University of California, Berkeley

    Phone: (510)642-3891

    Email: bnagle@berkeley.edu 
  • 28 Mar 2019 11:46 AM | Anonymous member

    Available in April, Mims House is pleased to announce the newest book by renowned children's book author, Darcy Pattison, Rosie the Ribeter: the Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.  You may view a free pdf of Rosie the Ribeter by clicking here. If you would like to share this with other teachers or colleagues, please feel free to do so using this link for Rosie the Ribeter.

    Our hope is that your students will enjoy this historical book detailing the Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee. To place your order, please contact Sue Foster at SueFoster@MimsHouse.com for more information on ordering Rosie the Ribeter.

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    Rosie the Ribeter: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

    Who holds the world record triple jump record – for bullfrogs?

    Rosie, the Ribeter.

    She set the record in May 1986 at 21 feet 5 ¾ inches.

    Her record has stood for over 30 years.

    This is her story.

    It all started with Mark Twain and his famous story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” After it was published, the 39th Agricultural District in Calaveras County, California started the Jumping Frog Jubilee, which has run since 1928.

    Over the years, the frogs have jumped farther.

    Why? Scientists say it’s because of the frog jockeys, the men and women who catch and jump the frogs.

    Read this extraordinary story of a partnership between a man and a frog.

  • 15 Jan 2019 1:41 PM | Deleted user

    Don't forget about Interface A and B in February! Find more info here.

  • 08 Jan 2019 7:29 PM | Deleted user

    Have you registered for the NSTA National Conference yet? If not, don't delay! Early bird registration ends on February 1st! You can register here.

    We are excited to learn and grow with you in St. Louis!

  • 06 Apr 2017 10:21 PM | Ryan Lacson
    We are excited to be helping the National Association of Biology Teachers prepare for their national professional development conference in St. Louis November 9-12!

    Visit the NABT website for more information.

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