Improving STEM education for the next generation of learners gives them an advanage in meeting 21st Century challenges.
(PRWEB) January 21, 2014
Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) and The New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) are collaborating to bring complementary resources together to support educators who use Progressive Math Initiative (PMI®) and Progressive Science Initiative (PSI®). Now the time and effort to find corresponding standards-based, easy to use, hands-on learning resources which reinforce science and math concepts is just a click away.
This pairing of teaching materials from RAFT and CTL provides educators who use either PSI® or PMI® with easy access to RAFT Idea Sheets, experience guides linked to core curriculum topics. RAFT Idea Sheets correspond to curriculum standards like Common Core. And, just this week, RAFT completed the successful alignment of three hundred science-related Idea Sheets to the Next Generation Science Standards.
Mary Simon, RAFT Executive Director and Founder, added, "Everyone wins when organizations, like RAFT and NJCTL, work together to provide educators with accessible and creative ways to enhance student learning. Improving STEM education for the next generation of learners gives them an advantage in meeting 21st Century challenges."
PSI® is a program designed to support high levels of student achievement in physics, chemistry, and biology and was developed over 10 years by teachers. This program has led to high levels of Advanced Placement (AP) participation and passing rates for some schools. In 2012, six of the top twelve New Jersey schools for Advanced Placement Physics B participation were schools that use PSI®.
Using the same research-based, successful approaches as PSI®, PMI® was developed by teachers to support all of K-12 mathematics. Developed first to support the teaching of Algebra, these courses now also lead to AP (Advanced Placement) Calculus.
"RAFT Idea Sheets," said Melissa Axelsson, Program Manager at NJCTL, "complement the PMI® curriculum extremely well and give our materials those needed hands-on-learning aspects to fully engage all learners."
PMI® labs for K-8 are already linked to the corresponding RAFT Idea Sheets and Activity Kits. Examples of some RAFT Idea Sheets that already link back to PMI® labs include Add It Up, Area Antics, and Dive into Square Pools. Continued linkages to RAFT Idea Sheets will occur throughout 2014.
CTL has trained over 6,000 registered PMI®/PSI® teachers, mostly in New Jersey, with an expanding user base in Colorado and Vermont, and a smaller number of trained teachers in Argentina and the Gambia in West Africa.
To access these complementary resources and much more like presentations, unit plans, labs, materials, classwork, and homework visit http://www.njctl.org. Educators will need to register to view the assessments. RAFT Idea Sheets can be viewed and downloaded for free.
RAFT believes the best way to spark the love of learning for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem-solvers and creators is through hands-on learning. A nonprofit organization since 1994, RAFT serves 10,000 educators each year that teach over 825,000 students. Find out more about RAFT and how to get involved: http://www.raft.net.
The Center for Teaching and Learning, founded by the New Jersey Education Association in 2006, launched the Progressive Science Initiative (PSI) and the Progressive Mathematics Initiative (PMI). CTL creates free, open-source materials to teach K-12 mathematics and science using interactive projectors and student polling devices. The material is available at njctl.org.