As science is under assault, Georgia Tech president affirms people-centered research, teaching

By David Pendered

At a time science and its practitioners are under assault, Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera spoke of the role of research institutions and their mission to provide, “hope to find solutions to the most important problems of our time.”

Ángel Cabrera. Credit: Georgia Tech

Cabrera’s remarks affirm Tech’s continuing commitment to address the thorniest issues of the era, even two that are draped in political discord: The coronavirus, and social equity. These two challenges, and their related components, represent the new mission of the institute Cabrera intends to lead as its 12th president.

“I’m proud of the science and innovation here,” Cabrera continued. “But, ultimately, it’s not technology for technology’s sake, but to improve the human condition.”

Tech new mission statement, devised in a collaborative process in an exercise suggested by Cabrera after he arrived on campus a year ago this autumn, states that Tech is

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On Teaching: What Makes a Preschool Education Work

When I visited Palacios in Corpus Christi in the spring of 2018, I asked her to reflect on the most essential building blocks of a high-quality preschool program. Our conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Kristina Rizga: How did your teaching improve after your first decade in the classroom?

Rebecca Palacios: The biggest shift was that I learned how to integrate multiple subject areas into a very visual, oral, tactile, thematically integrated lesson environment, where it wasn’t just me talking to children. Early on in my career, my teaching was more splintered and not as engaging for children: Now it’s reading time; now it’s math time; now it’s science time.

Around that time, several teachers and I created the district curriculum based on the theme of families. Every two weeks, there was a new theme about family: my family; my school family; family celebrations and traditions;

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USDA grant will support Clemson team’s quest to modernize the teaching of soil science

Clemson, S.C. – A team at Clemson University is working to innovate how agricultural colleges incorporate technology into classes fundamental to the educational success of their students.

Elena Mikhailova and Christopher Post, professors in Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, were awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture Higher Education Challenge grant for their idea to adapt technologies used in soil science research for use in teaching soil science to students. Kayla Payne, the college’s director of assessment, will help evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching innovations.

Colorful LiDar image of trees and landscape

LiDAR, which is commonly used to make high-resolution maps, is one technology the researchers will adapt for teaching soil science to students.

Soil science is a fundamental class for aspiring agriculturalists and natural resources managers.  According to the researchers, there is an urgent need to upgrade the level of technology in agriculture and natural resource education to address the rapidly evolving advanced

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Teaching Social-Emotional Skills Amid COVID-19


—Stephanie Shafer for Education Week

It’s tempting to put students’ social, emotional, and mental well-being on the back burner as schools scramble to make up for lost learning and navigate the tough logistical and political challenges of safely opening school buildings. But ignoring social emotional learning could be a recipe for disaster.

The fact is: Children can’t process and retain new information if their brains are overwhelmed with anxiety.

That’s especially true now for students who are feeling deeply stressed by the coronavirus, the economic recession, and the racial unrest that is sweeping the country.

While adopting a comprehensive, evidence-based SEL curriculum is best, if a school doesn’t have one, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to introduce social emotional learning. There are ways to weave SEL into the school day without overhauling established plans and adopting new SEL curricula. While it’s hard to teach children

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