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Organizations & Associations
Adult Numeracy Network
The Adult Numeracy Network, formerly the Adult Numeracy
Practitioners Network, is an international organization of people
dedicated to quality mathematics instruction at the adult level.
This organization has been at the forefront of developing standards
for adult mathematical literacy. In the belief that math is taught
best in the context of real-life situations, members are interested
in the integration of science and technology in math instruction.
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
for Math and Science Education
The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and
Science Education (ENC) is located at The Ohio State University,
and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational
Research and Improvement. This website features a good selection
of K-12 mathematics and science resources, conference information,
and other items. The site sponsors the
an annotated list of thirteen interesting math and science websites,
updated monthly. See the Teacher/Tutor
section for more information about these resources.
International Technology Education
The International Technology Education Association is devoted
to enhancing technology education in schools. It also supports such
publications as Technology for All Americans, The Technology
Teacher, and Technology and Children. ITEA and NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory produce "The Space Place", an Internet site designed
to complement educational activities in The Technology Teacher.
Mid-continent Regional Educational
The Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL)
is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality
of education for all students. It is one of 10 regional educational
laboratories (REL's) sponsored by the Office of Educational Research
and Improvement (OERI) of the U.S. Department of Education. This
site has won recognition from many web-based awards systems for
its significant Internet resources and technical assistance. See
the Teacher/Tutor section for more
information about these resources.
National Aeronautics and Space
This organization is one of the best online sources for science
and technology education. There are many divisions to the NASA online
presence; any website url with <nasa.gov> as a part of it
is worth a look! (NASA also supports many other websites at educational
institutions.) See the Teacher/Tutor section for
more information about these wonderful resources.
National Council of Teachers of
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has
been dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics
for seventy-five years. NCTM provides professional development opportunities
through annual, regional, and leadership conferences and publishes
journals, books, videos, and software.
The educational standards in science and in geography integrate
these subject areas on many levels. The National Geographic Society
website features many geographic explorations that allow for activities
that encourage learning in science and technology. See the Teacher/Tutor
section for more information
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
This federal organization supports scientific research,
gathers data, and disseminates information. This is the source for
the National Weather Service, NOAA Fisheries, information about
El Nino, and the National Environment Satellite, Data, and Information
Service. See the Teacher/Tutor section
for more about these resources and their uses in teaching and learning.
National Science Foundation
NSF supports research and education in science and engineering.
This site reports funding opportunities, science statistics, and
program overview. The National Science Foundation divisions include
Biology, Polar Research, Geosciences, Engineering, Computer/Information
Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences. NSF funds outstanding
websites referred to elsewhere in this special collection.
National Science Teachers Association
The National Science Teachers Association home page has
information about various activities related to the development
of science standards and frameworks. It provides the Scope, Sequence
& Coordination Project, a comprehensive curriculum-focused site
lessons and materials for biology, chemistry, earth and space science,
and physics - all tied to the National Science Education Standards
(NSES). This website also contains online excerpts of NSTA publications,
such as NSTA Reports, The Science Teacher, and Quantum-The Magazine
of Math and Science. This latter publication has a "cyberteaser"
that can be answered electronically at this site. There is also
an archive of
Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science is a long-term initiative to reform K-12 science education
nationwide. Named for the year in which Halley's Comet will next
visit Earth, Project 2061 "
promotes literacy in science, mathematics,
and technology in order to help people live interesting, responsible,
and productive lives." Project 2061 publishes Science for All
Americans, Blueprints for Reform, Benchmarks for Science Literacy,
and Resources for Science Literacy-Professional Development.
This latter publication describes more than 120 books for general
readers; these books deal with all subjects of science, technology,
and mathematics. The books are further described within this website,
and they are linked to specific chapters in Science for All Americans.
Project 2061 has an award-winning webpage that is THE source of
information about science education reform. There is a great list
of on-line resources and links at this site. Project Director George
D. Nelson has been a member of the GED science specifications committee,
so he is quite knowledgeable about adult literacy issues.
Regional Technology in Education
The R*TEC program is established to help "
and adult literacy programs to develop technology-embedded practices
that lead to improved and engaged learning for students." There
are six regional centers within this system, supported by the U.S.
Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement
(OERI). Each R*TEC site sponsors a specific adult literacy initiative.
TERC ("hands-on math and science learning since 1965") is
a nonprofit research and development organization committed to improving
mathematics and science learning and teaching. TERC is recognized
for creating innovative curricula and pioneering creative uses of
technology in education. It supports inquiry-oriented, project-based
learning. This website also features online editions of Hands
On!, the semiannual TERC publication that reports on the organization's
research and development activities.
Among its many projects, TERC supplies educational materials for
GLOBE (see Thematic Investigations) and coordinates the Eisenhower
Regional Alliance for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education
Reform, supporting K-12 mathematics, science, and technology (MST)
reform efforts in the Northeast and Islands Region. The Hub
of the Regional Alliance offers online resources about many