NSF is developing a new umbrella website for informal science resources, informalcommons.org . The site is intended to facilitate collaboration across the field of informal science and provide resources in a variety of areas. At the moment, the site is under development and will be expanded in the upcoming weeks. The ATIS (PEAR) website of assessment tools will be added to this site. There are also links to science and museum exhibits, informal science education sites, and other resources.
The California Science Teachers Association will hold their annual conference next October 21-23 in Pasadena. They have a call for workshops open now (deadline is March 7, 2011), and would like to receive workshop proposals on a variety of topics, including assessment, pedagogy, science literacy, technology, informal science, and others.
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The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology have issued a new report, "Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM) for America's Future." The report calls for several steps to improve STEM education in the United States, including an increase in after-school programs that incorporate STEM projects. In particular, they hope to see more after-school programs for girls, African American, and Hispanic youth.
From an Education Week article,