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News of special interest to educators is featured here. For further information of interest to educators, please see the education program area page, the Student Interests page, the home page for the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, or search the NSF Online Document System.

Information about the National Science Board's field hearings on education (June-Oct. 1998) is available on the National Science Board pages.

earth Information for Educators

The National Science Foundation supports many programs for educators at all levels, in both formal and informal educational settings. Special programs include those supporting junior faculty members; research on learning and intelligent systems; curriculum and instructional materials development; awards for excellence in science and mathematics teaching, and more. More information on these and other programs can be found in the home page of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources; selected programs and informational features for educators are:

  • Programs for Elementary and Secondary Educators

    Programs supported by the Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education include the Teacher Professional Continuum; the Instructional Materials Development Program; the Informal Science Education Program; the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program; the Centers for Learning and Teaching;and the ITEST

  • Programs for Undergraduate Educators

    Presidential Awards logo Programs supported by the Divison of Undergraduate Education include the Advanced Technological Education program, the Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement program, and the NSF Collaboratives for Excellence in Teacher Preparation program. In addition, the Division of Educational System Reform supports the NSF K-12 Systemic Initiatives, a nationwide effort to catalyze the building of a world-class K-12 science, mathematics and technology educational system through the reform of a significant number of the Nation's state, urban and rural educational systems.
  • Programs and Information for Graduate Educators

    Several other items may be of interest to graduate educators. One is an NSF-sponsored National Institute for Science Education forum on graduate education, which was held June 29-30, 1998 in Arlington, Virginia. This forum featured promising practices in graduate education in the United States and alternative strategies for successfully implementing such practices. Dr. Bordogna (Deputy Director, NSF) was one of the opening speakers at the event, presenting an NSF overview, as well as Dr. Eamon Kelly, new Chair of the National Science Board.

    In October, 1997, the National Science Board held a convocation in Houston, Texas, on "The Federal Role in Science and Engineering Graduate and Postdoctoral Education." The Board's report, The Federal Role in Science and Engineering Graduate and Postdoctoral Education: Contribution to the Government/University Partnership Presidential Review Directive (GUPPRD), and minutes of the Convocation, are available from the National Science Board home page.

    Information on NSF programs supporting graduate education can be found on the home page of the Division of Graduate Education (EHR). Additional information on programs that provide support to graduate students and postdoctorates is available on the Student Interests page.

  • CAREER: Faculty Early Career Development Program

    CAREER awards, made to junior-level university faculty, emphasize the importance the Foundation places on integrating research and education activities in academic careers.

  • Integrative Research and Education Programs

    The integration of research and education represents one aspect of the Foundation's commitment to the core strategy of integrating research and education, as articulated in the strategic plan, NSF in a Changing World. Among the special programs at NSF focusing on this strategy are the CIRE program (Collaboratives to Integrate Research and Education), the GK-12 program (NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education), the IGERT program (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training), and the VIGRE program (Grants for Vertical Integration of Research and Education in the Mathematical Sciences). Information is also available about Awards for the Integration of Research and Education at Baccalaureate Institutions.

  • Links of Interest to Teachers

    children in school These are Internet links collected by the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, highlighting activities and experiments teachers can use to enhance their teaching with or without the Internet.

    Teachers may also be interested in the NSF's Learning and Intelligent Systems program, which in 1997 made awards to three Centers for Collaborative Research on Learning Technologies (CRLT).

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