American Association for the Advancement of Science
Intro to the Atlas of Science Literacy

This Web Seminar took place on November 18, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Ted Willard, project director for Project 2061 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Assisting Mr. Willard on the chat window was Mary Koppal, Communications Director for Project 2061 at the AAAS. Mr. Willard gave an introduction to the Atlas of Science Literacy.

Strand maps display all of the learning goals (for students from kindergarten through high school) on a particular topic and put them together on one page, showing how they relate to and build upon each other. Maps provide an easy way to envision how students’ understanding will progress over the course of their education. The Atlas of Science Literacy, Volumes 1 and 2, co-published by AAAS Project 2061 and NSTA, includes nearly 100 strand maps on many science topics. Ted Willard talked about how the strand maps in the Atlas of Science Literacy were developed and how to interpret all of the elements on a map. He also described how educators can use the Atlas in a variety of endeavors.

Fifty-eight (58) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. One participant attended the program from Puerto Rico, one from Washington DC, and another from Romania. Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuide for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "I enjoyed the step by step explanation of the Benchmarks and the Atlas Volume 1 and 2. It helped me to become familiar with the workings of it."

  • "As the elementary science curriculum specialist for my district I can use this information for curriculum mapping and include vertical alignment of the concepts."

  • "I am a curriculum developer for grades K-8. I've been using the Atlas on my own; this session helped clarify some of the questions that I had."

  • "I enjoyed the explanation of how one might use the strand maps; great suggestions to really put all this information to use."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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