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Smithsonian Science Education Center

Smithsonian Science Education Center

Washington (DC), 20024, United States

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About Operated by the Smithsonian Institution, the SSEC disseminates information about exemplary teaching resources, develops curriculum materials, supports the professional growth of science teachers and school leaders.
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Mission Our mission is to transform and improve the learning and teaching of science for preK-8 students.
Description The SSEC was established in 1985 as the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) under the sponsorship of two prestigious institutions: the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences. In 2012, our name changed to the Smithsonian Science Education Center to reflect our mission: to transform and improve the learning and teaching of science for preK-8 students. We are dedicated to the establishment of effective science programs for all students. To contribute to that goal, the SSEC builds awareness for P-12 science education reform among state and district leaders, conducts programs that support the professional growth of P-12 teachers and school leaders, and engages in research and curriculum development (including our comprehensive K-8, research-based science curriculum program: Science and Technology ConceptsTM (STC Elementary and Middle School)—all to help transform the teaching and learning of science in the United States and throughout the world. We have impacted all 50 of the United States and supported the systemic needs of schools, districts, states, and Ministries of Education across 25 countries through our proven Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) model, which we now know leads to higher student achievement in science and improved science teaching and learning.
Awards 2010 TOMMY AWARD
This national award recognizes past and ongoing efforts to promote effective science education in the United States.

2010 CERTIFICATE FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO STEM LEARNING
This certificate was presented to the NSRC for its contribution to STEM learning.

2009 INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION AWARD
This international award was in honor of the National Science Resources Center’s commitment and leadership in advancing inquiry-based science education in the United States and throughout the world.

2009 PURKWA PRIZE – INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR SCIENTIFIC LITERACY OF THE CHILDREN OF THE PLANET
This distinguished international prize is given to individuals and organizations for best innovative practices in science education with evidenc of impact throughout the world.
Founded 1985
Products STC Curriculum, STCMS, Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, Professional Development, Leadership Development, Digital Tools & Resources

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