Selected Department of Education and Federal Resources
The Mathematics and Science Initiative is committed to engaging the public on recognizing the need for better Mathematics and Science education for all children. This site provides information and resources on the Initiative's activities, as well as links to other organizations working to improve the quality of Mathematics and Science education in the United States.
The Office of Vocational and Adult Education works to ensure that all Americans have the knowledge and technical skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary education, the workforce, and life.
The NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) Science Subject Area Assessment, most recently given in 2000, presents a comprehensive look at American students' skills in Science.
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study provide reliable and timely data on the Mathematics and Science achievement of American students as compared to that of their international peers.
The Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) website features Federally supported Science resources from the U.S. Department of Education, NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Library of Congress and many other Federal agencies.
The Office of Science and Technology Policy advises the President and others within the Executive Office of the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs.
The National Science Foundation promotes the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense.
The Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science Teaching is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Each year the program recognizes outstanding mathematics and science teachers.
The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science is charged with improving access to K-12 Mathematics and Science resources for teachers, students and parents.
NASA Connect is an annual series of free integrated math, science, and technology programs for students in grades 6-8, designed as an integrated instructional package.
Organizations, Efforts and Schools
The National Science Teachers Association is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning.
The Girls Go Tech Program encourages girls to develop an early interest in math, science and technology and, ultimately maintain that interest as they mature to ensure a more diverse, dynamic and productive workforce.
Bayer Foundation's Making Science Make Sense initiative advances science literacy through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism, and public education.
The Museum of Science, Boston remains on the cutting edge of science education by developing innovative and interactive exhibits and programs that both entertain and educate.
Science IDEAS is an instructional model designed to accelerate student achievement in science, reading comprehension and writing. The current project is funded through the National Science Foundation, in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) as part of the Interagency Educational Research Initiative (IERI).
Discovery Key Elementary Center
Discovery Key Elementary has a school curriculum that is organized in several school wide (K-5), science-centered themes. For each theme, Discovery Key teachers integrate the core curriculum with the science content of that theme.
NCISLA is working to build a solid research base about ways Mathematics and Science instruction can be improved. This site provides publications, research and resources for teachers.
The Helping Your Child publication series focuses on providing parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and in life. A title of particular interest is Helping Your Child Learn Scienceavailable in English and Spanish.
On this site the U.S. Department of Education offers information about public school choice, supplemental services, testing and accountability, as well as parenting tips on reading and homework.
Tools for Student Success: Selected Publications for Parents and Teachers This catalog provides brief descriptions of a number of publications featuring the latest research and most effective practices in subjects such as reading, homework, and staying drug free, as well as information on how to obtain these publications in hard copy or online.
No Child Left Behind: A Parents Guide This is the essential guide for parents, and provides answers to questions about No Child Left Behind and what the law means for parents, in an accessible and easy to understand format.
Questions Parents Ask About Schools This pamphlet provides answers to commonly asked questions on topics such as Getting Ready for School, Monitoring School Work, Helping with Reading, and Working with Schools and Teachers.
Dr. Susan Sclafani is the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) at the U.S. Department of Education. She serves as the principal adviser to the Secretary on all matters related to vocational and adult education. Through OVAE's Preparing America's Future Initiative, Dr. Sclafani is working to mobilize effective and scientifically based state and local high school reform initiatives, support America's community colleges, and improve adult education programs. Previous to her appointment, Dr. Sclafani held a variety of positions within the Houston Independent School District, culminating in Chief of Staff for Educational Services.
Dr. John Marburger is the President's Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Marburger is the former Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and President of Brookhaven Science Associates. He is presently on a leave of absence from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he previously served as President and as a University Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering. Dr Marburger is a graduate of Princeton University and received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University.
Mr. Greg Hall is the Assistant Superintendent for Assessment and Research for the Washington State Department of Education. Prior to his appointment with the State of Washington, Mr. Hall served as an assessment trainer and consultant in Washington as well as a program manager and assessment specialist for the Province of Alberta Department of Education, and as a principal and teacher in Alberta, Canada. He has two bachelor's degrees, one in science and another in education, from the University of Alberta.
Mr. Stephen Sills is the principal of Discovery Key Elementary School in Lake Worth, Florida. Since opening Discovery Key Elementary School in August 2001, Mr. Sills has worked with teachers, parents, and community partners to develop a curriculum that is organized in several school wide (K-5), science-centered themes. For each theme, Discovery Key teachers integrate reading, writing, mathematics, and social studies with the science content of that theme. This challenging, hands-on approach to teaching and learning is designed to help students make connections between content areas, with science as the link. Mr. Sills has been a principal at the elementary and middle school level since 1989.
Ms. Melvina Jones is a Science Resource Teacher at John Burroughs Elementary School in Washington, DC. Her classroom work has received public acclaim and recognition through awards such as the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center SUNBEAMS Educator Award. Ms. Jones is also an adjunct professor at American University, teaching a course on Elementary Science Methods.
Dr. Mae Jemison is the National Spokesperson for the Bayer Corporation's Making Science Make Sense Program. Early in her professional career, Dr. Jemison practiced medicine as a volunteer in a Cambodian refugee camp and as a medical officer with the Peace Corps in West Africa. She was working as a general practitioner in Los Angeles, California when NASA selected her and 14 others for astronaut training. In September of 1992, as a mission specialist aboard the Shuttle Endeavour, Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to enter space. In 1993, Dr. Jemison resigned from NASA and founded the Jemison Group, Inc. Among her current projects are several that focus on improving healthcare in Africa. Dr. Jemison also serves on the board of directors for Scholastic, Inc., Valspar Corporation, Kimberly-Clarke and Gen-Probe. She also chairs The Earth We Share, an international science camp where students 12 to 16 years old, work together to solve current global dilemmas and founder of BioSentient Corporation, a Houston based medical devices and services start-up focused on advanced ambulatory autonomics nervous system monitoring and training to improve health and human performance. And, in 2005, Governor Rick Perry appointed Dr. Jemison ChairmanProduct Development Small Business Incubatorfor the State of Texas in 2005. She also chairs the State of Texas' Life Science and Biotechnology Cluster.
Dr. Ioannis N. Miaoulis is the President and Director of the Boston Museum of Science. As Dean of Tufts University School of Engineering, Dr. Miaoulis spearheaded the introduction of engineering into the Massachusetts K-12 science and technology curriculum - making the Commonwealth first in the nation to do so. Convinced the best way to interest people in science and engineering is to connect these subjects to their passions, Dr. Miaoulis created popular engineering courses at Tufts based on students' and his own enthusiasm for fishing and cooking. Led by Dr. Miaoulis, the Boston Museum of Science is advancing technological literacy nationwide by working with school systems, engaging students in engineering activities and fostering discussion of the impact of science and technology.
Ms. Monica Shah is the Manager of Science and Technology for the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), where she oversees the national Girls Go Tech Initiative. Girls Go Tech programs encourage girls to develop an early interest in science, technology, engineering and math and, ultimately, maintain that interest as they grow up to help ensure a more diverse, dynamic, and productive workforce in the future. Prior to arriving at GSUSA, Ms. Shah taught science and developed curriculum for grades 3-12, published a book of her students' writings and was selected as a mentor teacher. Ms. Shah received a Batchelor's degree in science education from Penn State University and a Master's degree in education from Harvard University.