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Local partnership aims to improve math education in mid-valley, mid-coast (Life@OSU) - Local educators from school districts and higher education institutions across Oregon’s Mid Valley and the Mid Coast gathered at Oregon State University on August 11th to sign an agreement that will pool resources and perspectives on math education in the hopes of improving graduation rates and test scores across the area.
Citizen scientists take on problem of Pacific plastics (NSF) - Citizen science group COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team), including the College of Education's Shawn Rowe, is investigating the problem of ocean garbage. On a monthly basis, COAAST volunteers will collect data on the locations and characteristics of beached marine debris. Resulting analyses can be used to help prioritize the where, when and what of beach cleanups.
Oregon educators prioritize bilingual education (OPB) - Oregon State University language professor, Kathryn Ciechanowksi, says school districts pursue candidates who are still in college. “Our bilingual candidates are very often offered jobs before they even finish their programs,” she says, and adds, “we often advise students to think carefully about what they would like to have in their teaching positions, because there typically will be multiple districts trying to hire them — because of the need for bilingual educators.”
OSU receives grant to study Oregon English language learners (KLCC) - Oregon State University and the state Department of Education will soon learn more about grade school students who begin school as English language learners due to a federal grant. (see also Jefferson Public Radio)
FIESTAS makes learning accessible (OSU Powered by Orange) - In 2012, three women collaborated to create a better science and math learning experience for K-12 English language learners and students in the College of Education at Oregon State. They call it FIESTAS: Families Involved in Education Sociocultural Teaching and STEM.