New Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Human Development: Déana Scipio

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On May 27, 2015, Déana Scipio successfully defended her dissertation in learning sciences and human development, which focused on mentorship in an afterschool science endeavor in south Seattle. Scipio’s research focused on how mentorship opportunities affected undergraduate learners, changing the ways in which they self-identify and view their relationships with their mentees. Her work asked how out-of-school mentorship programs can broaden opportunities for participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Bringing Authentic Practices to Curriculum Redesign

In a light-filled room in Seattle’s South Lake Union this June, middle school science teachers from across Seattle Public Schools gathered for the launch of a new project: to rethink their curricula based on a new conception of STEM education.

To start the day, Seattle Public Schools Science Program Manager Dan Gallagher said, “We’re building a system here. It’s not somebody else’s system; it’s our system…. What are we actually going to build here that’s going to be supportive?”

Fifth-Grade Rocket Scientists

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Students learn about engineering through real-world experiences created in partnership with the UW Institute for Science + Math Education

In a fifth-grade classroom in south Seattle this May, pairs of students pulled vibrant cardboard cubes from a stack and presented them to four panelists.

The boxes were covered with neon duct tape and filled with tubes, popsicle sticks, batteries and matchboxes. While these materials might sound like the ingredients for a simple fifth-grade craft project, there were big ideas in those popsicle sticks.

Research Report to Partners Informs Curriculum Adaptation Effort

Research and practice work together to shape the future of science learning in the Seattle and Renton school districts.

June 16 was the last day of school for Seattle Public Schools and just three days before the Renton School District wrapped instruction. During that busy time, science curriculum leadership from the two districts met with researchers at the Institute for Science + Math Education to take a step back and look ahead.

STEM Teaching Tool Practice Briefs Link Research to Practice

Briefs created to support busy educators as they implement the new vision for K-12 science education.

STEM educators around the country are working to implement the new vision in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education and the resulting Next Generation Science Standards, in addition to the many other initiatives that compete for their time and resources.

After the school bell: Creating consequential learning out of school

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The Institute for Science + Math Education is working with underserved students in Marysville in an afterschool program that strengthens geography knowledge and local pride. Reposted from the UW College of Education website.

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New Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Human Development: Shelley Stromholt

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How students engage in environmental science learning and engineering design across settings

On May 8, 2015, Shelley Stromholt successfully defended her dissertation in learning sciences and human development. Stromholt’s dissertation research focused on connecting students’ learning across settings through intentional design work.

Research Planning Summit on Art/Science Youth Programs Held in Dublin

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Researchers from the Institute for Science + Math Education traveled to Ireland for the Dublin summit “Building Capacity for Engaging Adolescents in Art/Science Learning” on May 13-15, 2015. This interdisciplinary convergence was to plan a long-term research agenda to investigate how integrated approaches to art and science learning can be used to create more equitable learning opportunities and life outcomes for youth from non-dominant communities.

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

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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.

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