UW Institute Spring Newsletter

We have just published the Institute's Spring 2013 Newsletter. It provides critical information about the final version of the Next Generation Science Standards and describes a range of Institute projects that support the vision outlined in the Standards and the vision for K-12 science education in the associated National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education. Please forward the newsletter to teachers and other stakeholders interested in supporting this new vision for K-12 science education.

R+P Collaboratory: Inquiry Groups

In July 2013 and January 2014, UW ISME staff working on the Research + Practice Collaboratory gathered leading STEM education researchers and practitioners from across the U.S. to identify leading problems of practice in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards. The first meeting was held at the University of Washington in Seattle, the second was held at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

Project COOL: Facilitating Project COOL in middle schools and culminating events

During Spring 2014, Project COOL work centered around two major activities: debriefing undergraduate mentors’ experiences in their OST placements and preparing for the next OST session. During the seven weeks of the OST program, mentors facilitated interactions and engaged youth in developing an understanding of chemicals, the wastewater treatment system, gas chromatography, making EDC free products, filtering polluted water, and many community building activities. Each middle school site had a different culminating event.

R+P Collaboratory: Adaptation Sites

The UW team of the Research + Practice Collaboratory has spent much of 2014 focusing on co-designed teacher professional development in partnership with elementary and middle school teachers in Seattle Public Schools and Renton School District. Working with a group of approximately 70 teachers and system leaders on the implementation of NGSS practices, this initiative focuses on supporting teacher leaders to adapt curriculum materials to bolster their fit and support for NGSS practices.

Project COOL: Preparing mentors to facilitate Project COOL

During Winter 2014, five undergraduate and graduate mentors from a variety of majors--including Early Child & Family Studies, Animal Behavior/Biology, and Fisheries Science--chose to participate in the Project COOL seminar, continuing on to facilitate an afterschool program. Over this 10-week seminar, Project COOL staff worked with the mentors to help them develop an understanding of the curriculum by participating as students.

Project Update: Environmental Science Learning Across Settings

Throughout 2014, ISME research staff has continued a long-term partnership with teachers at Granite and the North Shore School District [f1] to co-design investigations using a mobile application designed to support cross-context inquiry in formal and informal settings, called Zydeco Inquiry. Research staff worked with teachers and students, using Zydeco, to design a coordinated set of environmental science activities that engage practice in and out of school.

Video: Ellen Ebert, OSPI - State Level Implementation of Next Gen Science Standards

The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has posted the seventh video recording from the recent UW Summit on K-12 Science Education. Read on to review the presentation from the summit: State Level Implementation of Next Gen Science Standards, Ellen Ebert, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and the associated Next Generation Science Standards . The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has now hosted the first of two public events to provide an overview of this new vision.

Teachers and Researchers Collaborate to Scale Innovations in Teaching

Sustained improvement in STEM education will require significant shifts in practice, including how researchers and practitioners generate and share knowledge. In contrast to the ubiquitous "research-to-practice" model, the Institute is advancing an effort to integrate researcher knowledge with practitioner wisdom. Researchers and practitioners will work shoulder-to-shoulder to weave together creative solutions to leading problems of instructional practice.

Video: Carrie Tzou, UW Bothell - Equity-focused Approaches for Working with Preservice Science Teachers

The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has posted the sixth video recording from the recent UW Summit on K-12 Science Education. Read on to review the presentation from the summit: Equity-focused Approaches for Working with Preservice Science Teachers, Carrie Tzou, University of Washington Bothell. A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and the associated Next Generation Science Standards . The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has now hosted the first of two public events to provide an overview of this new vision.

Designing Indigenous Early Childhood Science Education

Children in an indigenous eraly childhood program engage in science investigations across multiple settings.

Improving science education and early childhood education are increasingly higher priorities in education reform. How these efforts will impact Indigenous communities is not always clear. In an effort to harness these movements in positive and community-driven ways, the Institute through a collaborative project with the Menominee Nation, the Chicago Native community, and Northwestern University, has been developing early childhood science learning environment, in both formal and informal settings.

Video: Mark Windschitl & Jessica Thompson, UW Seattle - Tools for Ambitious Science Teaching

The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has posted the fifth video recording from the recent UW Summit on K-12 Science Education. Read on to review the presentation from the summit: Tools for Ambitious Science Teaching, presented by Mark Windschitl & Jessica Thompson, University of Washington Seattle. A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and the associated Next Generation Science Standards . The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has now hosted the first of two public events to provide an overview of this new vision.

Creating Afterschool Programs to Apprentice Girls into Science

Research shows that informal learning environments can uniquely help youth from non-dominant communities engage in powerful science learning and come to identify with science (see the NRC Learning Science in Informal Environments volume for details). However, more research is needed to better understand the learning processes associated with different communities.

Video: Andrew Shouse, UW Seattle - Science Learning with Young Children

Shouse presents at summit

The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has posted the fourth video recording from the recent UW Summit on K-12 Science Education. Read on to review this presentation from the summit: Science Learning with Young Children, presented by Andrew Shouse, University of Washington, Seattle. A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and the associated Next Generation Science Standards . The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has now hosted the first of two public events to provide an overview of this new vision.

Supporting Teachers in Shifting Classroom Practice

An artificial line dividing "research" and "implementation" has often been drawn at the classroom door. Institute projects move back and forth across this line. We work with teachers to design practices and refine them through implementation in the classroom. We are focused on supporting teachers to shift their instructional practice, systematically documenting the results in the classroom, and feeding results back into the process.

Video: Megan Bang, UW Seattle - Cultural Perspectives on Learning & Implications for Educational Equity

The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has posted the third video recording from the recent UW Summit on K-12 Science Education. Read on to review this presentation from the summit: Cultural Perspectives on Learning & Implications for Educational Equity, presented by Megan Bang, University of Washington Seattle. A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and the associated Next Generation Science Standards . The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has now hosted the first of two public events to provide an overview of this new vision.

New ‘Game-Changing’ Science Education Standards Draw on UW Research

Researchers from the University of Washington's Institute of Science + Math Education have played a critical role in developing revolutionary new K-12 science standards aimed at engaging more students at younger ages, in meaningful, real-world scientific and engineering investigations.

Video: Dan Gallagher, Seattle Public Schools - School District Implementation of Next Gen Science Standards

The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has posted the second video recording from the recent UW Summit on K-12 Science Education. Read on to review this presentation from the summit: School District Implementation of Next Gen Science Standards, presented by Dan Gallagher, Seattle Public Schools. A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and the associated Next Generation Science Standards . The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has now hosted the first of two public events to provide an overview of this new vision.

Designing Next-Gen Instructional Materials that Support Ambitious Learning Goals for All Students

The new vision in the NRC Framework and the Next Gen Science Standards call for instruction that engages students in personally relevant, extended investigations where they use science and engineering research practices to learn disciplinary core ideas while making connections to broad cross-cutting concepts (or themes). New curricula and instructional materials are needed to support students in this kind of learning experience to accomplish the new K-12 learning goals across subjects.

Video: Philip Bell, UW Seattle - Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Today's Students and Tomorrow's Workforce

The UW Institute for Science + Math Education has posted the first video recording from the recent UW Summit on K-12 Science Education. Read on to review the first presentation from the summit, Dr. Philip Bell providing the 2013 summit overview. A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education is outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education and the associated Next Generation Science Standards .

New learning goals should guide K-12 STEM education for the next decade

A new set of ambitious learning goals for K-12 science and engineering education are outline in the recently released Next Generation Science Standards. The standards were developed based on a new consensus vision, built upon consensus findings of research on science learning and teaching and described in the National Research Councils A Framework for K-12 Science Education.

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