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Project Highlights

KSTF Teaching Fellows and Senior Fellows are continually discovering new ways to get students interested in STEM subjects. Read on for highlights from our community of teaching professionals.

THREE FELLOWS JOIN FORCES TO PRESENT AT NSTA CONFERENCE

2009 Teaching Fellows Tracy Schloemer, Stephen Traphagen and Kirstin Milks presented at the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) 2013 National Conference, which took place in San Antonio in April. Their session, How Do You Explain the Explanation? Incorporating Claim Evidence Reasoning (CER) into Your Classroom, focused on how to teach students the difference between evidence and reasoning.

TWO KSTF TEACHER DEVELOPERS PRESENTED AT NARST 2013 ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Chris Bogiages and Zora Wolfe presented sessions at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) 2013 Annual International Conference held in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico in April. Bogiages’ session, Investigating How Teachers Implement Model-Based Teaching, touched on how teachers implement model-based teaching in secondary science classrooms. Wolfe’s session, The Relationships Between Teacher Practice and Teacher Leadership Skills in Beginning Teachers, explored characteristics and skills important for beginning teachers to become both effective teachers to students in their classrooms and effective teacher leaders in their schools. 

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GET ATTENTION OF NATIONAL POLICY ADVISORS

Under the leadership of Dr. Michael Town, students in his Technology, Engineering and Communications High School (TEC) physics class garnered the attention of national policy advisors. The students reviewed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Summary for Policy Makers, a document which gathers current research, and is used by decision makers at local, regional, national, and international levels in business and government as they consider changes to policies related to climate change. As initially written, they felt that most readers without expertise in climate science would be unable to understand the document. Their insightful comments were included in the feedback given to the report authors by the state. Read more about their impact.

Town is a 2011 Teaching fellow.

CASEY O’HARA PRODUCES DOCUMENTARY ON SCIENCE EDUCATION

O’Hara, a physics teacher and KSTF Senior Fellow, produced a short documentary which highlights excellent educators inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers through creativity, ingenuity and passion. The documentary was created for the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Environmental Filmmaking program.

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR PUBLISHES WELLS’ OP-ED

On May 7, 2013, The Christian Science Monitor published an op-ed written by 2009 Teaching Fellow Lindsay Wells on “Why America’s ‘hacker generation’ can thrive as teachers.” Published on Teacher Appreciation Day, this insightful piece discusses how to keep talented teachers in the classroom.

TRIO OF TEACHING FELLOWS TO PRESENT AT NABT CONFERENCE

2010 KSTF Teaching Fellows Rachel Clausen, Helen Snodgrass and Brittney Barickman were selected to present their “Five Practices Session” at the 2013 National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Professional Development Conference, which will be held in Atlanta, Ga., in November.

BLOOMBERG RADIO FEATURES BEE WORK OF TEACHING FELLOW

In April 2013, Bloomberg Radio featured Isaac Stewart, a 2009 KSTF Teaching fellow, during their Honor Roll Segment. During the podcast, Isaac discussed how his students are actively designing solutions to current bee colony problems.

HEATHER MOORE ADVISES IB SCIENCE SHOWCASE

On June 8, 2013, more than 100 junior and senior International Baccalaureate (IB) students from Robert E. Lee High School in Fairfax, Va., participated in the student-organized Lee High School Science Showcase. This event challenged students to share their high-level understanding of a particular science topic with community members—including peers, younger students and guest scientists—in a way that could be easily understood. Outstanding public relations efforts coordinated by the students drew a large crowd to the showcase. Through exhibits and hands-on demonstrations, the students brought abstract science concepts to life. Kudos to the student participants and their faculty advisor, Heather Moore, a 2010 KSTF Teaching Fellow. See local coverage of the Science Showcase.

Photo by Eleanor Lamb/The Connection

 

KSTF SENIOR FELLOW SPENDS SUMMER AT SEA

Rosalind Echols, a physics teacher at the Philadelphia-based Science Leadership Academy, took part in the Teacher at Sea program sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In July 2013, she spent 18 days aboard ship Rainier. While on the ship, she mapped the bottom of the ocean and measured the temperature and salinity of the ocean. The students in Echols’ four fall 2013 physics classes will have the chance to work with the data she helped to collect. To learn more, please read the Philly.com article written about her trip or visit her personal trip page on the NOAA website.