The "National Science Education Standards" describe
a vision and provide a first step on a journey of educational reform that might take a
decade or longer. At this point the easy portion of
the journey is complete: we have a
map" (from the NSES "Epilogue"). The National Academy Press @ 1996.
National Academy Press for ordering
information or for the full text in HTML, Docuweb, or Acrobat formats.
Science Education in our Elementary and Secondary Schools: A Guide for
Technical Professionals Who Want to Help. Sandia National Laboratories. This is a frequently cited resource. The first
section of this book is entitled "Things You Need to Know
Before Getting Involved." It includes such topics as "Don't Try to
Invent Everything Yourself" and "Things You Should Know about Schools and
Teachers." Edited by Kenneth H. Eckelmeyer and produced by Shannon M. Lytle,
"Science Education" is now available as a supplement to the background pages
here on the RISE website.
A 10-Step Recipe for Starting a Partnership Programis advice
from Bruce M. Alberts, President of the National
Academy of Sciences, based on his own experience with the "Science and Health
Education Partnership" in San Francisco. As Dr. Alberts says, "If you are
energetic, tenacious, and believe that the reinvigoration of public education is of
critical importance for the future of our democracy, you might find satisfaction by
exploiting the following plan..."
Where should I start? This question is often asked
of partnership directors and was discussed at the working conference
as part of attempting to develop a continum -- or roadmap -- of roles in partnerships. A
summary of the discussion at the conference is provided in Where Should I Start? A
Roadmap for Participation in Partnerships