Sponsor Insights All children should have access to a great STEM program. STEM educa-tion is critical in our society, and 21st century learning is dependent upon thinking critically about scientific issues. Not every child is dreaming of becoming the next Tom Brady or Jackie Joyner- Kersey, although bravo to those who are. Many children are dreaming of becoming some of our nation’s top scientists, engineers, economists, or mathematicians. That is why understanding how to live and work in our world requires a thor-ough understanding of data processing. That is what STEM is all about. Learning excellence in these core subjects has become paramount in our schools. Educators know that all children need to have access to a quality STEM program in order for the U.S. to compete success-fully in our global economy. AASA, The School Superintendents Association, recently launched a partner-ship 28 MASA LEADER • Spring 2015 A Cultural Change in Real Science with JASON Learning to help make excellence in STEM learning a reality in our school districts—not just the large urban and suburban districts or those with large budgets. By virtue of its robust, cloud-based platform—the JASON Mission Center—students are encouraged to explore and develop learning experiences at their own pace through a variety of media resources. JASON’s platform allows teachers to easily and effectively customize and differentiate lesson plans for students of all learning capabilities. The platform allows for seamless integration into district curriculum. Created in part by the National Geographic Society, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, NASA, and other international STEM leaders, JASON Learning is used by more than three million students nationwide. One of America’s foremost authorities in STEM-based, standards-aligned integrated curriculum and assessment courseware, JASON is a program that recognizes expertise in the software and information industries. By virtue of its robust, cloud-based platform—the JASON Mission Center—students are encouraged to explore and develop learning experiences at their own pace through a variety of media resources. JASON’s platform allows teachers to easily and effectively customize and differentiate lesson plans for students of all learning capabilities. The platform allows for seamless inte- By Daniel A. Domenech and Eleanor Smalley Thanks to a new partnership with Jason Learning, districts who are members of AASA and MASA have access to Jason curriculum and professional development resources at significantly discounted rates. Get connected to the JASON program by visiting www.aasa.org/jason.aspx.
MASA Leader - Spring 2015
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