Communication Center  Conference  Projects Share  Reports from the Field Resources  Library  LSC Project Websites  NSF Program Notes
 How to Use this site    Contact us  LSC-Net: Local Systemic Change Network
Newsclippings and Press Releases

LSC Reference Materials

LSC Case Study Reports

Annual Report Overviews

Summer Workshop Plans

Summer Workshop Plans


A Systemic Partnership Summer Workshop Agenda

submitter: A Systemic Partnership to Improve the Teaching and Learning of Science for All Children
published: 05/20/1999
posted to site: 05/20/1999

A Systemic Partnership to Improve the Teaching and Learning of Science for All Children

We have a series of nearly 25 summer staff development experiences that run for a few days up to four weeks depending upon their purpose.

The target number of projects run two days with about 15 contract hours between teachers and instructors. These workshop experiences are generally related to a specific "hands-on" science , but that is part of our curriculum , i.e., help teacher help kids meet our standards.

We are piloting a three day (1 university graduate credit) staff development workshop for teachers interested in extending their knowledge of the life science content in several STC kits. It will involve two unique ecosystem/field experiences and feature fast plants!

Finally, we are offering a 3 graduate credit course that runs for four weeks. Content, pedagogy and assessment is being offered to separate sections for several kits. These classes are different in that they are booked to a voluntary summer science academy for students. These teachers will come to class for several hours for two weeks learning th kits and later will teach "what they have learned" to summer academy students. Each teaching experience is followed by a two hour period of discussion and reflection.

We have developed our own "end of unit" assessment to accompany each unit. They will be used at the academy.

How long do your workshops last?

Selected Topics in Science Education - June 21 - July 15 (Mon/Thurs) 9:00 - 12:00
Smithsonian Experiences for Elementary Teachers - July 14 - 16, 1999 9:00 - 3:00

How many teachers do you involve in your workshops?

250 - 350 - varies depending on content.

What are your major goals for your workshops in terms of content and pedagogy?

Selected Topics in Science Education - is directed at 1st - 6th grade teachers. It is a contemporary, activity based course co-taught by elementary and middle school teachers. It provides the opportunity to observe and participate in an exemplary science program incorporating the upcoming changes in teaching science at all grade levels. The first two weeks of the semester will be used to review the background and logic behind the changes. The third week teachers will observe a model of the science program being taught by those same teachers. The fourth week teachers will have the opportunity to teach the new program themselves. The following science units will be taught: Organisms, Sound, Earth Materials, Land & Water, Solar System, Motion & Design and Variables.

Smithsonian Experiences for Elementary Teachers - will cover Structures of Life, the fourth grade science unit which focuses on five inquiry based activities dealing with observable characteristics of seeds, fruits and crayfish. Students are expected to gain an understanding of themes of pattern, structure, interaction and change. This short course utilizes local flora and fauna examples, expanding teacher content knowledge of natural history and the structure and function of their anatomy.

Are you offering professional development of specific curricula that you are hoping will be used in the classroom? If so, which curricula are you using?

I think the answer above answers this question as well.