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Paper: The Future of Astronomy Education in our Schools–A Listening and Discussing Session
Volume: 533, ASP 2021: Sharing Best Practices – AstronomyTeaching and Public Engagement
Page: 132
Authors: Waller, W. H.; Hirst-Bernhardt, C.; Lockett, D.; Peterson, M.; Wright, D.
Abstract: What would help you to integrate astronomy lessons into your classroom? Astronomy is the only science of shared experience, and so can serve as a great unifier of diverse backgrounds. Astronomy, along with the Earth sciences, have been recently incorporated into NGSS standards across grade bands and content areas. Yet-many school districts find this content irrelevant and extraneous. What would you need to incorporate lessons from space into your classroom? Conference participants joined with members of the U.S. National Astronomy Education Coordination (US-NEAC) team for a rich discussion of best practice, opportunities, and current needs of formal educators. While the team guided the discussion, this session was primarily focused on sharing amongst participants. The US-NAEC team is interested in developing professional development programs and learning communities based upon feedback gathered from educators such as those who participated in this session.
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