Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have formally adopted the Next Generation Science standards. However, in states such as Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania, which have not yet adopted the standards, some districts are moving ahead with the Next Generation Science Standards anyway.
While students around the country are learning the new Common Core concepts, students in Southern California schools, many being English language learners or students in dual language programs, teachers question how these students will take these tests written with the mainstream English native student in mind.
Eight finalists and winners for the national US Teacher of the Year award discuss how creativity informs their teaching style. These teachers share a common interest in employing art to teach math and science and improve how children learn.