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Separating Families at the U.S. Border

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A number of reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine contain an extensive body of evidence on the factors that affect the welfare of children—evidence that points to the danger of separating children from their parents.

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

EL-in-STEM coverLBuilding Capacity for Schools and Districts

January 24, 2019
2:00 PM EST

The next webinar in the series delves more deeply into the experiences teachers have in the classroom and some promising instructional strategies for supporting the development of language while engaging in STEM subjects.

Join Renae Pullen and Okhee Lee for an in depth discussion on how the different factors shaping the classroom and the experiences/strategies teachers can utilize to ensure that English learners have opportunities to engage with rigorous STEM content learning.

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

Science Investigations-LOverview of the report

January 31, 2019
(3:00 pm) EST

This webinar provides an overview of the recently released report.  The report describes evidence-based ways that teaching and learning shift and provides guidance on how to support students and teachers as they learn and instruct in this new way.

The study co-chairs Brett Moulding and Nancy Songer, will explain how making science investigation and engineering design the center of all science and engineering courses is an effective way to help students learn science and engineering.

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Climate Resilient Pathways and Social Science Research to Actions

February 7, 2019
12:30 - 5:00 pm EST

NAS Building, Room 125
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Seminar Climate Resilient Pathways

Recent international and national scientific assessments of climate change outline a multitude of possible future challenges for society in a warming world, with the magnitude of challenges increasing with each additional unit of warming. This seminar will review the human dimensions of climate change and discuss the roles of social sciences for building a more resilient society.
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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

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 Investigations CoverReleased 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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Improving Data Collection and Measurement of Complex Farms

FarmsLThis report from the Committee on National Statistics provides recommendations to help the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Economic Research Service (ERS) identify new approaches for effectively collecting data and reporting information about American agriculture, given the increased complexity of farm businesses in the recent decades.

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