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Citizenship Question and the 2020 Census

2020censusIn response to the U.S. Department of Commerce's recent request for public comments on the 2020 Census, a task force of the Committee on National Statistics issued a letter report stating that adding a question on citizenship status to the 2020 census is inconsistent with the "proper performance of the functions" of the Census Bureau.

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Increasing Student Success in Developmental Mathematics

March 18 - 19, 2019
NAS Building, Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20418

This two-day public workshop will focus on how to best support students in post-secondary mathematics courses, with particular attention to students who are unsuccessful in developmental mathematics. The workshop will bring together a variety of stakeholders, including experts who have implemented new initiatives designed to improve the mathematics education experience for students. During sessions at the workshop, participants will: (1) explore promising approaches to bolster student outcomes in mathematics, (2) identify and discuss barriers and opportunities for effectively serving all students, and (3) establish key directions to address the prevailing research and data needs in the field.

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Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center

Science InvestigationsLProfessional Learning to Support Investigation and Design at the Center

March 28, 2019
(1:00 pm) EST

This third webinar provides additional information on the recently released consensus study report, Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Two members of the study committee, Brett Moulding and Anne Egger, will discuss approaches to professional learning and pre-service teacher preparation that can help teachers to place investigation and design at the center of middle and high school science and engineering learning. They will describe how to help prepare teachers to run classes that focus on students asking questions, collecting and analyzing data, and using this evidence to better understand the natural and built world around them. Specific example will be provided that will help illustrate the changing roles of both teachers and students and the need for changes to pre-service teacher preparation and on-going professional learning throughout teachers' careers.

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The Road to College Success
Supporting Students' College Success: The Role of Assessment of Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies

This video, based on the report, introduces three competencies students should have that help reduce drop-out rates and support students' persistence and success at college. 

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Recent Publications

A Decadal Survey of the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Research Agenda for Advancing Intelligence Analysis

SBS Decadal coverLReleased in March 2019, this Consensus Study Report from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences recommends that the intelligence community (IC) make sustained collaboration with researchers in the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) a key priority as it develops research objectives for the coming decade.

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A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty

Child PovertyLThis consensus study report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families concludes that poverty causes negative outcomes for children, especially if it occurs in early childhood or persists through a large part of childhood. It also identifies packages of policies and programs that could reduce child poverty by half within 10 years, at a cost far lower than costs the United States currently bears.

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Proceedings of a Workshop
Advancing Sustainability of US-Mexico Transboundary Drylands

US-Mexico-LThis proceedings is based on a workshop that was a bi-national collaboration between the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, with support from the George and Cynthia Mitchell Endowment for Sustainability Sciences, and the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine. It brought together experts from both countries who discussed the key sustainability challenges facing stakeholders in the Mexico – U.S. drylands region and binational priorities for research that could promote sustainable development.

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Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center

Science InvestigationsLReleased in November 2018, this report from the Board on Science Education and the National Academy of Engineering describes evidence-based ways that teaching and learning can shift toward science investigations and engineering design to help realize a new vision of teaching and learning in the classroom.

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Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design

Citizen Science CoverReleased in November 2018, from the Board on Science Education, this report says that citizen science is uniquely positioned to support participants' learning about science. The report identifies ways that citizen science projects can be designed to effectively support learning. Citizen science has blossomed as a way to engage a broad range of individuals in doing science. Citizen science projects focus on "nonscientists" participating in the processes of scientific research, with the goal of advancing and using scientific knowledge. These projects enlist individuals and communities in a wide range of science-related endeavors, from counting particular species in the environment to monitoring for contaminants in streams to categorizing the structure of galaxies. The report recommends that projects be designed with the audience in mind and in ways that are inclusive and that support diversity. The report also recommends areas for research in order to advance understanding and practice.

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English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives

EL-in-STEM coverLThis consensus study report from the Board on Science Education and the Board on Children, Youth, and Families calls for a shift in how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects are taught to students in grades preK-12 who are learning English. The report recommends strategies for instruction in the classroom, requisite tools educators need, and ways for building capacity in schools and districts so that English learners have opportunities to develop proficiency in both STEM subjects and language.

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How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures

HPL2 coverThis consensus study report from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences and the Board on Science Education  identifies new findings related to neurological processes involved in learning, individual and cultural variability related to learning, and educational technologies. In addition to expanding scientific understanding of the mechanisms of learning and how the brain adapts throughout the lifespan, there have been important discoveries about influences on learning, particularly sociocultural factors and the structure of learning environments.

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