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Sustainability Education Framework for Teachers: Developing sustainability literacy through futures, values, systems, and strategic thinking
The Sustainability Education Framework for Teachers (SEFT) intends to build acapacity for educators to be able to understand: (i) the broad, complex nature of sustainability, (ii) the problem-oriented, solution driven nature of sustainability, and (iii) how sustainability connects to them as both citizens and classroom teachers. SEFT embraces four ways of thinking: futures, values, systems, and strategic which are conceptualized as being bi-directional and interconnected.

Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article
Teacher Prep Topic: Institutional and programmatic change
Grade Level: Secondary STEM teacher preparation, Elementary STEM teacher preparation

Pedagogical content knowledge and preparation of high school physics teachers
This paper provides a detailed description of the practices and course work of a physics and physical science teacher prep program where the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary aspects of Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) are foundational. They offer their philosophy and curriculum to be adapted and applied in other STEM teacher preparation programs.

Resource Type: Tools, rubrics, etc. for programmatic improvements, Peer-reviewed article, Courses
Teacher Prep Topic: Integrative or Disciplinary Resources:Pedagogical Content Knowledge/Content Knowledge for Teaching , Clinical practices, pedagogies, and partnerships, Pedagogical Strategies in STEM Teacher Preparation, Integrative or Disciplinary Resources:Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Science)
Grade Level: Secondary STEM teacher preparation

Problematizing teaching and learning mathematics as "given" in STEM education
This article calls for two shifts in mathematics education: (1) to reframe mathematics, and all of STEM as a sense-making activity rather than a body of content to be learned, or practices to engage in and (2) to simultaneously focus on how students experience the discipline. The TRU Framework (Schoenfeld, 2019) is presented as a tool to assess classroom instruction towards these means.

Resource Type: Position papers or recommendations, Peer-reviewed article
Teacher Prep Topic: Integrative or Disciplinary Resources, Mathematics, Pedagogical Content Knowledge/Content Knowledge for Teaching , Integrated STEM

Beyond Equity as Inclusion: A Framework of "Rightful Presence" for Guiding Justice-Oriented Studies in Teaching and Learning
This essay presents a rightful presence framework that "highlights the limitations of equity as inclusion" and "orients the field towards the importance of political struggles to make present the lives of those made missing by schooling and discipline-specific norms." This essay includes two STEM classroom vignettes to illustrate this framework's tensions and guiding tenets.

Resource Type: Position papers or recommendations, Peer-reviewed article
Teacher Prep Topic: Equity, inclusion and diversity
Grade Level: Secondary STEM teacher preparation, Elementary STEM teacher preparation

POGIL
"POGIL is a teaching pedagogy that makes students feel engaged, accomplished & empowered. POGIL is Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning"

Resource Type: Curricula
Teacher Prep Topic: Clinical practices, pedagogies, and partnerships
Grade Level: Secondary STEM teacher preparation, Elementary STEM teacher preparation

A vision for future work to focus on the "M" in integrated STEM
Article analyzes research done in the last 10 years regarding the integration of STEM subjects with a focus on the mathematics (steM). The authors present a model to guide future integrated steM research.

Resource Type: Position papers or recommendations, Peer-reviewed article
Teacher Prep Topic: Integrative or Disciplinary Resources, Mathematics, Integrated STEM

AMTE Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics
Current recommendations for mathematics teacher preparation from the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. Executive summary and additional resources publicly available.

Resource Type: Tools, rubrics, etc. for programmatic improvements, Position papers or recommendations, Standards and assessments, Links to agencies, organizations, and professional societies
Teacher Prep Topic: Pedagogical Strategies in STEM Teacher Preparation, Integrative or Disciplinary Resources:Mathematics, Pedagogical Content Knowledge/Content Knowledge for Teaching
Grade Level: Elementary STEM teacher preparation, Secondary STEM teacher preparation

Engineering Passive Speakers
Preservice teachers participate in an engineering investigation designed for upper elementary students. They explore physical science principles of sound, and then apply what they learn by designing a passive speaker that can amplify a cell phone while remaining esthetically pleasing.

Resource Type: Activities
Teacher Prep Topic: Integrative or Disciplinary Resources, Pedagogical Content Knowledge/Content Knowledge for Teaching , Clinical practices, pedagogies, and partnerships, Pedagogical Strategies in STEM Teacher Preparation, Integrative or Disciplinary Resources:Engineering, Integrated STEM
Grade Level: Elementary STEM teacher preparation, Secondary STEM teacher preparation
Resource Origin: Generated by NextGen-WA STEM Teacher Prep project

Washington State Legislature HB 1365
HB 1365 aims to procure and support "appropriate computers and devices for public school students and instructional staff." This bill was written after the COVID-19 school closures emphasized the need for every student to have access to appropriate technology.

Resource Type: Tools, rubrics, etc. for programmatic improvements
Teacher Prep Topic: Policies affecting STEM Teacher Prep, State policies
Grade Level: Elementary STEM teacher preparation, Secondary STEM teacher preparation

Why it is crucial to make cultural diversity visible in STEM education (practice brief 55)
Details the issues, things to consider, and recommended actions to take that go deeper than exposing students "to relevant images of STEM professionals who represent the cultural diversity of our global community." Lists relevant, open-access resources and articles.

Resource Type: Tools, rubrics, etc. for programmatic improvements
Teacher Prep Topic: Equity, inclusion and diversity
Grade Level: Secondary STEM teacher preparation, Elementary STEM teacher preparation