FOSS Newsletter Archives


Kathy Long | March 07, 2017 | Assessment

The FOSS project developed its assessment system through an NSF-funded project ASK. During that six-year project, we worked extensively with teachers in nine school districts and educational service areas to create what has now been embedded in FOSS Next Generation and Third Editions. Some of you may be asking, if those assessments were created before the NGSS existed, how can we use them for gathering three-dimensional data about our students' performance?

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Erica Beck Spencer | March 07, 2017 | Science Notebooks

John Muir Laws, also known as "Jack," has spent his career looking for the best tools to connect people to nature in order to help them fall in love with the world around them. He has dedicated his life to the art of nature journaling and to offering step-by-step guidance to help students and adults feel confident getting started.

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Guest Contributors | March 06, 2017 | FOSS Program

Some might say that implementing NGSS is a daunting task. As a result of inviting teachers to experience what it means to figure out and explain phenomena using FOSS, the vision of NGSS came alive very quickly, much more quickly than expected.

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Larry Malone | March 06, 2017 | Observations by Larry

In just about every state in this country, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have been adopted explicitly, or insinuated implicitly, into the contemporary vision of science education. So, in fact, or at least in spirit, the NGSS provide the light illuminating the vision of classroom science for the whole country. So, I continue to ponder the elements of a coherent vision of action for the way forward.

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Guest Contributors | March 03, 2017 | FOSS in Schools

Across the country, events such as science fairs attempt to deepen students' knowledge and investment in science education. Research has demonstrated that science fairs can increase students' desire to go into the STEM fields, but that the time-consuming process is not equitable for all students and does not reflect the work of scientists.

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Guest Contributors | March 02, 2017 | Miscellaneous

Dr. Lowery's legacy lives on through the many things he accomplished, including his many books for young readers.

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Larry Malone | March 02, 2017 | In Memoriam

With great sorrow the FOSS family announces the passing of Dr. Larry Lowery, the original principal investigator for the Full Option Science System project.

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FOSS Newsletter Staff | March 02, 2017 | Program News

In Fall 2015, we announced the release of FOSS Next Generation K–5. We're happy to now update that news to announce that all FOSS middle school courses are final or in final development and that FOSS Next Generation K–8 will soon be complete.

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