There is a new promising practices guide available on 4-H Science in Urban Communities. This guide, developed by Rutgers University Extension, includes promising practices (such as inquiry and experiential learning, field trips, entrepreneurial projects, service learning, and guest speakers) and suggested resources as well as case studies.
To access the guide, visit http://urban4hscience.rutgers.edu/ .
National 4-H Council is publishing a series of documents on promising practices around 4-H Science. The newest one features promising practices in evaluation of 4-H science programming, by Katherine Heck and Martin Smith. The publication can be found here.
Additional promising practices resources related to curriculum, evaluation, program design and development, professional development, partnerships, resource development, and marketing can be found here.
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.
On February 5, SET program trainings will be held at eight locations around the state. The trainings will focus on a variety of curriculum topics, including:
* Youth Experiences in Science
* There's no new water!
* Exploring Your Environment
To register for the trainings (by January 24), visit http://www.ca4h.org/Projects/SET/Initiative/Workshops/ .
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.
For more information, visit this site.