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NGSS Update: Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards at PMS

by Dan Kessler and Camilla Thayer The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) represent a shift in the way students learn and are taught Science K-12.   The NGSS represents “3-Dimensional” instruction, where students learn what scientists DO, how scientists THINK, and what scientists KNOW.  Students use information gained by investigation in one situation and apply this…

Elementary STEAM Expo and the Importance of Arts-Centered Learning

by Tracy Broback   Imagine my surprise when I attended every workshop I could find on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) education at the National Arts Educators Association (NAEA) meeting last Spring and found that art educators weren’t necessarily keen on the idea.   I was right in the midst of reimagining the annual…

World Language Instruction Evolving Towards a Proficiency-Oriented Model

by Christelle Hutin-Lee and Cheryl Wozniak Over the past year, the World Language department has been participating in professional development programs that have enhanced their instructional strategies and directly benefited their students.  For example, the Berkeley World Language Project provided comprehensive teacher training during our three staff development days.  In addition, some teachers attended the…

The College Admissions Process: How Do We “Turn the Tide?”

by Stefanie Manalo-LeClair Almost everyday I either overhear students say they want to volunteer for a group or organization so that it “looks good” on their college application. Other times I have students ask me directly, “What should I do to make my application look good to colleges?”  As a counselor, I am concerned that…