Ukiah Teacher Selected to Participate in Development of Nationwide STEM Curricula

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Ukiah, OR – Laura Orr, a science teacher in the Ukiah School District, has been chosen to be a Teacher Advisor for “Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms,” an initiative to create new instructional models and digital media tools for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning. Orr was chosen by the education team at Boston public media producer WGBH. The new resources to engage students about topics in Earth, space and physical sciences will be produced by WGBH in collaboration with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), and will be distributed free of charge through PBS Learning Media, reaching millions of students and teachers nationally.

The Teacher Advisor candidates were evaluated based on geography, grade they teach, number of years teaching and type of school, as well as the candidates’ willingness to innovate in the classroom. Orr is one of 50 advisors selected out of more than 650 applicants across the country, from a wide range of grade levels and subjects.

In her teaching, Orr focuses on astronomy and local environmental science, and said she hopes the 2017 total solar eclipse brings attention to astronomy and citizen science. In addition to her classroom duties, Orr is the leader for the 4-H Home Economics, Science and Livestock clubs and the director of the local ski/snowboard club. She has been a teacher in Ukiah for 13 years.

For more information about the “Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms” program, please visit:

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