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Publications & Research

The following research reports and publications document the impact of KSTF’s programs and are a repository of knowledge gleaned through our work developing outstanding STEM teachers and leaders.

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11/04/2016

How Teachers Develop Social Capital: Illustrative Cases from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-12-50-21-pmKSTF contracted Horizon Research, Inc. to conduct a qualitative multiple-case study of a sample of KSTF fifth-year Fellows and Senior Fellows to examine how Fellows developed social capital in their schools and/or districts. The main goals of this study, How Teachers Develop Social Capital: Illustrative Cases from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, are to understand what the Fellows do as leaders, and what effects the Fellows’ activities have on their colleagues, schools, and/or districts.

12/21/2015

Inside the Classroom: Three Cases of KSTF Leading Teachers

Leading from Inside the ClassroomKSTF contracted Horizon Research, Inc. to conduct three case studies of KSTF Fellows to help understand the nature and impacts of Fellows’ leadership work, as well as the extent to which participation in KSTF supports their capacity to engage in leadership roles and contributes to their leadership efforts. The resulting cases in Leading from Inside the Classroom: Three Cases of KSTF Leading Teachers provide illustrative examples of leadership activities KSTF Fellows are immersed in and the impacts of these activities. Specifically, this paper describes the work of KSTF Senior Fellows Heather HainesAmanda Kraemer and Shelley Stanphill.

5/14/2015

KALEIDOSCOPE: EDUCATOR VOICES AND PERSPECTIVES (VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2)

Kaleidoscope-v1-i2-cover-90x119The Spring 2015 issue of Kaleidoscope: Educator Voices and Perspectives offers a diverse array of passionate teacher voices. In this issue, teachers’ experiences and values take center stage; each author captures his/her beliefs around an aspect of being an educator. Two articles center on the vital importance of schooling where the authors explore different versions of student voice. Another article presents an overview of the engineering design process, as outlined by the KSTF Engineering Task Force (ETF), and how it can be incorporated in the classroom. Additionally, two articles focus on the importance of relationships and team communication to improve teaching and foster community.

3/03/2015

TRANSFORMING AS INQUIRING TEACHERS AND LEADERS: AN EXAMINATION OF THE KSTF PING PROGRAM AND ITS MULTIPLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO STRENGTHENING THE TEACHING PROFESSION

Ping-Report-2015-cover-imageKSTF contracted Inverness Research Inc. to provide a report on the results of a three-year pilot program, Practitioner Inquiry for the Next Generation (PING). As PING participants, 10 KSTF Fellows explored teacher inquiry. The PING report documents key takeaways, an overview of the program’s impact on participants and how it contributed to KSTF’s capacity to achieve its mission of strengthening the teaching profession.

12/10/2014

KALEIDOSCOPE: EDUCATOR VOICES AND PERSPECTIVES (VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1)

Kaleidoscope: Educator Voices and PerKaleidoscope_Volume1_Issue1-cover-90pxspectives explores knowledge from, for, and about teaching, from the point of view of current and former secondary science and mathematics teachers. The inaugural issue of Kaleidoscope contains five articles, authored by KSTF Teaching Fellows and Senior Fellows, on the following topics: science curriculum and curriculum in practice; teacher collaboration and professional learning communities; teacher / student relationships; and learning about students and teaching through critical reflection and teacher inquiry.

 

9/09/2014

KSTF: CASES OF LEADING TEACHERS

Leading-Teacher-Cases-cover-90pxKSTF contracted Inverness Research Inc. to document rich examples of KSTF leading teachers: how they develop, how they work and how KSTF best supports their efforts. KSTF: Cases of Leading Teachers provides a slim but highly illustrative sample of the kinds of improvement efforts KSTF teachers have achieved. Specifically, this paper describes the work of KSTF Senior Fellows Heather Buskirk, Bradford Hill and Charley Sabatier.

 

9/04/2014

STANDING OUT IN THEIR FIELD: A COMPARISON OF THE KNOWLES SCIENCE TEACHING FOUNDATION FELLOWS TO TEACHERS NATIONALLY

Standing-Out-in-Their-Field-90pxKSTF commissioned Horizon Research, Inc. (HRI) to uncover how KSTF Fellows compare to their peers, and what, if anything, they attribute to their participation in KSTF programs. Standing Out In Their Field uses data from the National Study of Science and Mathematics Education (NSSME), also designed and implemented by HRI.

8/07/2014

HOW DO THEY MEASURE UP? SCHOOL LEADERS’ OPINIONS OF KNOWLES SCIENCE TEACHING FOUNDATION FELLOWS

Measure-Up-cover-90pxTo gain an understanding of how other stakeholders perceive KSTF Fellows, and a more nuanced and fully developed picture of the impact of our programs, KSTF commissioned Horizon Research, Inc. (HRI) to design a survey of Fellows’ principals or other school leaders. The survey questions paralleled questions from the National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education, also designed and administered by HRI, which were asked of Fellows themselves (results will be available in a forthcoming report). Download the report to find out more about the school leader survey, including how it was administered and the results.

7/28/2014

CONTEXT, CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS IN SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION

Context_Challenges_Solutions-90pxIn “Context, Challenges and Solutions in Science and Mathematics Education,” KSTF Executive Director Nicole Gillespie; KSTF Director, Research & Evaluation Jodie Galosy; and KSTF Director, Senior Fellows Program Dina Portnoy describe how the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation is strengthening the teaching profession through the operation of three fully integrated programs—Teaching Fellows, Senior Fellows and Research & Evaluation—designed to promote teachers as primary agents of educational improvement.

6/04/2014

BUILDING A STRONG BACKBONE FOR STEM EDUCATION

Building_Strong_Backbone-90pxIn “Building a Strong Backbone for STEM Education,” KSTF Executive Director Nicole Gillespie describes how the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation is leveraging its network of leading teachers to improve STEM education. Additionally, this paper provides key learnings that can be applied to the development of a national network of leading teachers.