JMU Center for Faculty Innovation

A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas

Framework for K-12 Science Education outlines a broad set of expectations for students in science and engineering in grades K-12. These expectations will inform the development of new standards for K-12 science education and, subsequently, revisions to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development for educators.

HETL: a portal for teaching and learning knowledge

Serves as a forum for professors to seek and share advice about teaching, and often about how (or whether) to bring technology into the classroom.

BEN portal

National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathway for biological sciences education. Includes lab exercises, photographs, tests, videos, simulations etc.

How much is an Ecosystem worth? (lesson plan)

The inner life of the cell (video/animation)

DNA microarray methodology (animation)  

Pedagogy in Action (Carleton College)


From the website: "iBiology's Mission is to bring the stories of cutting-edge research in the life sciences to a global audience without paywalls or other barriers to learning. Our primary means of communication is through biology videos, so you will hear from the scientists themselves as they explain their research and the process of scientific discovery. Our hundreds of talks, lectures, interviews, documentary storytelling, and other materials means there will always be something new to explore."

Science Education Encore

From the website: "This site has two main purposes. One is to share some of the ideas and resources that I have come to believe—after more than a half-century of experience in science education—are of lasting significance, or provocative, or at least entertaining. The other is to serve as an arena for exploring some of those ideas with others."


Case Study Resources

Case Studies in Science (SUNY Buffalo)

To explore the case collection, find their latest cases, and perform keyword searches, begin at:

  • “Super Bug: Antibiotics and Evolution” by Kristy Jean Wilson, FIRST Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Pathology, Emory University.

To directly access the case, teaching notes, and key, go to the case record at:

  • “Cooling off a Warming Planet: Analyzing the Tradeoff s in Policies for Climate Change” by Md R. Shammin, John E. Petersen, and Jordan F. Suter, Environmental Studies, Oberlin College, Oberlin OH.

To directly access the case, teaching notes, and key, go to the case record at:

  • “The Great Parking Debate: A Research Methods Case Study” by Jennifer S. Feenstra, Department of Psychology, NorthwesternCollege, Orange City, IA.

To directly access the case, teaching notes, and key, go to the case record at:

  • "Dredge Today, Restore Tomorrow" - Wetlands restoration Case Study - by Kristine N. Hopfensperger, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Kentucky University.




Team-Based Learning

Ideas for Active Learning and engaging students

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