A revolution is underway in
science classrooms. The demands of the new workplace and the ready access to
information afforded by new technologies have radically changed the way we
define a scientifically literate society.
More than ever teachers need
professional development that provides them with the resources they need and
empowers them to take the action required to build classrooms where the next
generation of scientifically literate students will flourish.
Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and
Practices consists of four courses, each designed to address a different
strand in the development of skills teachers need to meet the demands of their
career, including the following.
Techniques for Success
In this first course we will focus on helping
teachers expand their influence outside their classroom to promote scientific
literacy throughout their school and into the larger community.
Week 1: Learning Outside the Classroom:
Habitats, Science Labs, Field Experiences, Family Science Night, Science Fair
Week 2: Teachers Outside the Classroom:
at Conferences, Mentoring, Training
Week 3: Connections Outside the Classroom:
Writing, Collaborations/Partnerships/Collaboratives, Professional Associations
Week 4: Policy Outside the Classroom:
Policy that Affects Science Classrooms and How You Can Have an Impact
Lara Arch, Chris Thompson, Lisa Webber and Jarrett Whitaker