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Job Opening:Education Specialist, Oregon

The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Education Department is seeking an energetic and highly-creative person for the position of Education Specialist. The primary responsibilities of the ES II will include the development and implementation of education outreach programs to schools both locally and statewide; the development of summer programs for children; and the facilitation of live animal encounters. The position will require the individual to keep and maintain schedules, meet deadlines and efficiently manage resources including adult volunteers. Excellent organizational and time-management skills are a must. A bachelor’s degree and experience in the areas of informal education, ocean studies and marine conservation preferred. This is a permanent, fulltime position.   Send resume and cover letter (in PDF or Word format) to education@aquarium.org no later than March 4, 2011.  No phone calls, please.

Job Opportunities: Science Education Research – Maine

Three Full-Time Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Positions in Discipline-Based Science Education Research

The University of Maine invites applications for three full-time tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level with expertise in discipline-based education research.  The positions will be in the fields of (1) Physics, Chemistry,
or Mathematics, (2) Biology, Earth Sciences, or Marine Sciences, and (3) Science Education.  These positions were created through the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (PSP) Project, under a grant to the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education
to target the teaching and learning of science in grades 6-9 as well as the preparation of science teachers at the University of Maine.  By the time of appointment, the candidate must have an earned doctorate in the discipline, in discipline-based
education research, or in a closely related field; strong experience in discipline-based education research; and demonstrated excellence in teaching. The new faculty member will be expected to (1) engage in research, writing, and other scholarly
activities that contribute to discipline-based education research, (2) teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, (3) supervise graduate and undergraduate research, (4) develop an externally-funded research program, (5) serve as a student
advisor, and (6) participate in leadership for collaborative efforts in STEM-education with colleagues in the home department, the Maine RiSE Center, the University, and other professional communities.  The positions are academic year appointment
with preferred starting date no later than September 1, 2011.  See http://www.umaine.edu/center/positions/PSPfaculty for full position announcements and application instructions.  Review of applications will begin January 3, 2011, and continue until
the positions are filled.

Science Education Standards Framework Needs Input from You

The National Research Council (NRC) Board on Science Education released a draft conceptual framework for new science education standards. The 190-page document lays the foundation for what core science ideas, cross-cutting concepts, and scientific practices all students need to succeed in science, and is the first major step in the development of the next generation of science standards. Science educators and other stakeholders have until August 2 to review and comment on the framework.

With funding from the Carnegie Corporation, a committee of experts developed the draft framework and is currently gathering feedback from a broad range of stakeholders. The revised framework will be released publicly later this winter. The framework will then be used as the basis for writing new science education standards, a process that will be led by Achieve.

NSTA, in collaboration with partners Achieve and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), has been providing advice to the project and is engaging members and constituents in the feedback process. In the coming weeks, NSTA is hosting focused feedback sessions to gather input from science educators to submit to the NRC.

All teachers can have input on this draft framework. Please forward this message to your science teacher colleagues or to listservs in your state or school. Take a moment NOW to review the draft framework document and answer the online questionnaire.

Review and comment on the Draft Framework—open for public comments until August 2!

Read background information from the NRC

Visual Education Conference, Maine

The University of Maine Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning (CTEL) is a proud sponsor of Diverse 2010, an international conference on innovations in visual education, July 6-8 USM Portland Campus, http://usm.maine.edu/pdc/diverse/ The three-day conference is filled with workshops on telepresence, how to use video training for teacher education, finding ways to communicate concepts of virtual performance to students with autism, using video for assessment, and even a presentation on using iPads in education (see http://www.usm.maine.edu/pdc/diverse/presentations.html for the full presenter list). Educators, researchers, and innovators in visual education will be particularly interested in the sessions and the Creative Concept Coffees that will provide a forum to process the ideas with your peers.The keynote speakers include Marci Powell, Chair of the Board for the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and Global Director for Higher Education and Corporate Training at Polycom, and Benjamin Hubbard, manager of webcast.berkeley at UC Berkeley.

Education Notes in Ocean Policy Task Force Draft Report

The draft report of the Ocean Policy Task Force was released for public comment on September 17.  The draft report is available online, as is a place to submit your comments.
Thanks to the comments from the community earlier in this process, education shows up in a few places in this draft document, i.e.:

* Principle 6 (pg 16) addresses education: “United States policies, programs, and activities should enhance formal and informal education about the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes and their uses to build a foundation for greater understanding and improved stewardship, and build capacity to produce future scientists, managers, and members of a dynamic and innovative workforce.”
* Page 32 on the plan says: “The Plan Should Address:  Challenges, gaps, opportunities, and effective strategies for training and recruiting the current and next generation of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists, technicians, operators, managers, and policy makers, with a particular focus on the needs of disadvantaged or under-served communities; and Identification of successful formal and informal education and public outreach approaches, including their application toward a focused nation-wide campaign to build public awareness, engagement, understanding, and informed decision-making, with specific emphasis on the state of ecosystems. “

Environmental Educator, Virginia

The non-profit Elizabeth River Project, based in Portsmouth, Virginia,  is looking for a fulltime environmental educator/caretaker to support the world’s first floating wetland classroom, The Learning Barge, powered by sun and wind. Assignment will be to work with the Outreach Programs Manager to plan and implement the first year of programming for The Learning Barge, using its five learning stations to teach students and adults how to make the Elizabeth River swimmable and fishable by 2020.  A curriculum has been drafted by area educators. Details online.