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Science Education at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting

[Eds.: Thanks to Kyla Hsia of the AAAS Office of Public Programs for today's guest blog post.]

Join us at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in February to learn about recent developments in science education and policy. As an important part of the AAAS mission, the Annual Meeting provides several education-focused sessions, opportunities for educators to learn from each other, and discounted K-12 educator registration.

The 2013 meeting will offer a special two-day pre-conference 13-14 February on international teacher-scientist partnerships.

This two-day meeting is designed for professionals in the K-12 teacher-scientist partnership field and others interested in developing such partnerships. Participants will learn from each other while also deepening understanding of these partnerships and their role in science education.

The Education and Human Resources symposia track focuses on different age groups and teaching methods, including:

Accelerating School Readiness and Cumulative Academic Performance: Birth to Age 10
Among American children, individuals from low-income households and families of color or with English-language challenges underperform others at school entry. The School Reform and Beyond Project (SRB), a 10-year collaboration joining researchers from several institutions with practitioners, addresses these challenges by drawing from and innovating at the intersection of the developmental and intervention sciences. The symposium presents the rationale, design, and early testing of the SRB model of integrated interventions.

How K-12 Curriculum Reform Can and Will Affect University Studies
The Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) and the Advanced Placement (AP) redesign in biology, chemistry, and physics are changing both the curriculum and assessments for science courses for students across the United States. This session will feature an in-depth look and a one-hour interactive discussion with attendees on how the K-12 changes evolved, their implementation, and how they can affect college instruction.

Engaging Students in Complex Science Learning via Games and Simulations
In this symposium, researchers who are developing games and simulations to engage students in science will discuss their projects and how they are teaching and assessing authentic science content and practices aligned to the NRC's Framework for K-12 Science Education. Presentations will be followed by discussion from an expert in science education.

 We hope to see you in Boston 14-18 February 2013 for the AAAS Annual Meeting.

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