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Post: Science Explained: Watch MinutePhysics’ Video on Neutrinos

Explaining complex science concepts in simple and entertaining ways for a general audience can be a hard task, but theoretical physicist Henry Reich has carved out a special place in the YouTube-sphere doing exactly that. In its latest video, supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Science program, MinutePhysics explains the surprising characteristics of “neutrino oscillations.”

Post: DREME Launches Free Math Resources for Teacher Educators

The Development and Research in Early Math Education (DREME) Network has launched DREME TE, a new website with free early math resources for teacher educators. In a blog post, DREME member and UCLA professor Megan Franke explains that, “DREME TE is designed to be flexible and easy to use. Appropriate for both prospective and practicing… Continue Reading

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News

At the Heising-Simons Foundation, we are proud to regularly see many of our grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some articles that have featured our grantees in the past month: Four Education Priorities… Continue Reading

Person: Barbara Chow

Barbara Chow is the director of the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she completed an eight-year term as the director of the Education program for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Before that, Barbara was the policy director of the House Budget Committee and the executive director of the… Continue Reading

Person: Karen Laughlin

Karen Laughlin is a program officer for the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Karen served in government and the non-profit sector on climate, transportation, and clean energy policy. As a senior analyst at Climate Policy Initiative, she jointly led the U.S. Program to analyze… Continue Reading

Post: 2016 State of Preschool Yearbook Released

Student enrollment in state-funded preschool programs has reached an all-time high, according to the 2016 State of Preschool Yearbook published by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). However, access to high-quality programs still varies significantly from state to state.

Post: The Impact of Transitional Kindergarten on English Learner Students

A new study released last week by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) reveals that English learner students who attend California’s transitional kindergarten program enter kindergarten with stronger English language, mathematics, and literacy skills than English learners who do not. The report, Transitional Kindergarten in California: The Impact of Transitional Kindergarten on English Learner Students, is the… Continue Reading

Post: New AAAS Mass Media Fellows Ready to Communicate Science

For the third year, the Heising-Simons Foundation is excited to support the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in its competitive fellowship program that connects scientists and journalists to better communicate complex science ideas to all audiences.

Post: Introducing Our New Director of Education

I’m delighted to announce that Barbara Chow will join the Heising-Simons Foundation as our new Director of Education. Barbara has deep experience in philanthropy, government, and policy, most recently serving for eight years as the Education Program Director for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. We could not be more pleased to have Barbara, an insightful… Continue Reading