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I spent the week learning about the field of chemistry education, being in awe of Notre Dame’s campus and most importantly, geeking out with some of the most amazing chemistry teachers you will ever meet.

ChemEd X Symposium

ChemEd X organized and hosted its inaugural symposium, Chemical Education Xchange: Engaging with Contributors, featuring invited speakers during BCCE 2018 at Notre Dame. The presentations of our Lead Contributors and Associate Editors were well-received. ChemEd X plans to host similar symposia at future conferences.

ChemEd X at BCCE 2018

If you are attending BCCE 2018 at Notre Dame this week, we hope you will stop in and see us at our booth (#560 in the exhibit hall! Many of our lead contributors are here and you can catch them speaking in a variety of symposiums including the Views from the classrooms of award winning chemistry teachers and our first Chemical Education Xchange: Engaging with contributors symposium. 

Continuing Change - Update

For the last two years, the district I worked for has been tirelessly working toward curriculum changes that would better line up with the new state science standards. Michigan hasn’t officially adopted NGSS, instead adopting the Michigan Science Standards (based on NGSS). The Michigan Science Standards (MSS) has a lot of similarities with NGSS in terms of how we would teach the content.

BCCE, Collaboration and Flipgrid

Since I am unable to attend BCCE this year, I am asking for readers to consider two things to help me out. First, if you are attending BCCE, I hope you will submit a blog post to ChemEd X outlining at least one thing you learned. Second, I hope to find one or more teachers willing to try out Flipgrid and open our classrooms to share what we are teaching/learning. 

An Open Mic Opportunity at BCCE

A new event is scheduled for BCCE 2018. Holly Walter Kerby and Maria Gallardo-Williams will be master of ceremonies of the premiere of "The Mole," the story event for and by chemical educators. They have designed the event to be similar to The Moth, a nationally recognized program for storytellers. 

"Curie Me Away!" - A Two Actor Play

A little company called  has developed several plays about math and science. They travel to schools and museums throughout the country. The goal is to combine theatre and science. From my experience, they are doing a great job.