Chemistry Labs

Introduction  Laboratory investigations are essential for the effective teaching and learning of science (NSTA 2007). A school laboratory investigation (“lab”) is an experience in the laboratory, classroom, or the field that provides students with opportunities to interact directly with natural phenomena or with data collected by others using tools, materials, data collection techniques, and models

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“Duty or Standard of Care” is defined as an obligation, recognized by law, requiring conformance to a certain standard of conduct to protect others against unreasonable risk (Prosser et al., 1984). This means that school staff and school or district leaders (supervisors/administrators) are required to actively anticipate foreseeable harm to students and to others in

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“Duty or Standard of Care” is an obligation, recognized by law, requiring conformance to a certain standard of conduct to protect others against unreasonable risk (Prosser et al., 1984). “The breach of a particular duty owed to a student or others may lead to liability for both the teacher and the school district that employs

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Introduction: The National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) recommends all science education leaders advocate, establish and maintain safer school working/learning environments for science teachers and their students by implementing practices and policies that support safer teaching/learning environments. At a minimum, schools must meet the legal duty or standard of care owed to their students and

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Within the expectations of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) there are some provisions that allow for educator ‘Professional Development and Learning’ as an ‘acceptable expense’ for school districts. Title II of the Every Student Succeeds Act, offers innovative options for how this PD funding can be used, including investing in teacher leadership and teacher-led

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Many secondary school science departments have a traditional dishwasher purchased at a local appliance store and installed in the prep area or chemical storeroom. Many schools use these stainless steel lined dishwashers for common glassware, and wide mouth vessels like beakers but may not clean narrow stemmed glassware such as a test tubes, volumetric flasks

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Introduction: Establishing and maintaining a safer working environment for science/STEM teachers, support for employees and students in the academic science/STEM laboratory and/or field site is necessary and legally required for effective and safer teaching/learning science/STEM programs. In this way, the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) affirms its support and encourages implementation and enforcement of:

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Introduction: The academic challenges for science leadership have increased with the redirection of science education over the past two decades. The 1995 National Science Education Standards, the 2013 Next Generation Science Standards and A Framework for K-12 Science Education were created and designed to establish goals for achievement that are appropriate for all members of

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By: Tyler S. Love, Ph.D. and Ken Roy, Ph.D. In April of 2020 the T&E Education – Facilities and Safety Survey (TEE-FASS) was sent out to ITEEA members to collect responses about a myriad of safety topics related to K-12 Technology and Engineering (T&E) education, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and makerspaces. This study revealed

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M. Ezrailson Department of Curriculum and Instruction School of Education University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD 57069 Corresponding author email: [email protected] ABSTRACT The National Safety Council has estimated that 5000 safety-related accidents occur in American schools each year; at least ten per cent of these are science class- room related (Stroud 2009). Moreover, state safety

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