Diana Vélez | September 21, 2016 | Professional Development

Ever wonder who those awesome people are who show up at your district to share their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm for teaching FOSS? I caught up with one of those shining stars at a recent meeting for FOSS consultants to find out what makes her special.

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Guest Contributors | September 10, 2010 | Professional Development

Have you ever asked yourself, "How many questions do I ask in a day?" Then, "How many questions do I ask in my classroom during a day?" Extensive research indicates that the answer to both is "a lot."

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Larry Malone | September 17, 2007 | Professional Development

When you watch the TV weather report this evening, take a close look at the graphic weather being waved across the screen by the station's meteorologist. Pretty impressive stuff. But think past the clever animations to consider the information presented and the science that generated it.

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Guest Contributors | March 15, 2007 | Professional Development

In 2003, Lake Washington School District reorganized to better serve the professional development needs of its teachers. This decentralized system resulted in a more responsive professional development structure that could efficiently deliver information and resources to teachers in the district. The new organization has been critically important to the successful implementation of FOSS in the district over the past three years.

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FOSS Newsletter Staff | March 12, 2007 | Professional Development

What's it like to be a teacher new to the FOSS curriculum and living in a remote and rural area of southwest Washington state? How do you obtain staff development?

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FOSS Newsletter Staff | March 17, 2006 | Professional Development

Newport-Mesa USD in southern California had a problem, as many districts do—how to train their teachers to be effective FOSSilitators.

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FOSS Newsletter Staff | September 07, 2005 | Professional Development

The FOSS project and Delta Education sponsored a Weather and Water workshop from June 26–July 1 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Climatological Survey and the University of Oklahoma provided onsite coordination for the workshop through the valuable services of Andrea Melvin.

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FOSS Newsletter Staff | September 06, 2005 | Professional Development

A teacher's dream...all students were completely engrossed, noses buried in their investigations into milkweed bug reproductive cycles. The buzz of voices in lively discussion echoed throughout the room. But we could not understand a word they said!

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Jennifer Fischer | March 17, 2005 | Professional Development

In 2001 the state of Massachusetts implemented the new science education frameworks. Our district was able to connect with another district beginning in 2002 for teacher training through an NSF-funded initiative called Critical MASS. The goal of Critical MASS was to provide in-depth training in science and math content areas.

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Guest Contributors | September 03, 2004 | Professional Development

How do you stay current in your teaching of the education course "Science in the Elementary School" when the bulk of your teaching responsibilities fall in other academic areas?

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FOSS Newsletter Staff | March 11, 2003 | Professional Development

If you will for a moment, think back to when you first heard about FOSS. Perhaps FOSS modules were introduced to you by a colleague or lead teacher in your district or by a consultant for FOSS. Maybe you attended a FOSS session at a regional or national NSTA convention. Perhaps you used the video from your kit as you planned to teach the activities to your students, refreshing your memory of how the activities were planned and assessed. Remember the early conversations you had with other science teachers in your building or district, about the modules and how great they were to use.

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Larry Malone | September 10, 2002 | Professional Development

Last summer the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston hosted a weeklong workshop on the FOSS Middle School Planetary Science Course. Can you imagine a better place to have this workshop?!

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Larry Malone | September 04, 2002 | Professional Development

A comment last fall over supper with Larry Woolf led to a conversation in January. That conversation started the planning process that culminated in the FOSS Electronics weeklong summer workshop at General Atomics, June 23–28, 2002.

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