NIH SCIENCE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP AWARDS

This document should be rendered in an HTML format with cascading style sheets and JavaScript turned on.

NIH Science Education Partnership Awards Home Page

Skip to Main Content

Skip to Navigation

Copyright (c) 2012 NIH SCIENCE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP AWARDS. All rights reserved.

Science Club Summer Camp (SC2): Training Teachers and Youth in Authentic STEM Practice

Grant Website

http://scienceinsociety.northwestern.edu/initiatives/science-club-summer-camp

Audience

Elementary teachers, elementary youth.

Subjects Addressed

Next Generation Science Standards, nature of science, inquiry-based science, authentic health and biomedicine research.

Project Description

Using an integrated approach, the goal of SC2 is to train Chicago Public School teachers and youth in the nature of science. Program participants will also learn about NGSS connections to health and biomedicine through interactions with practicing scientists, visits to research labs, and inquiry into health phenomena.

Resources for Sharing

N/A

Dissemination Strategies

All materials, practice guides, evaluation instruments, and software products developed as part of this proposal will be shared broadly with the education community.  All materials will be posted on the project’s website, as well as linked to from our broader Science in Society office website.

In addition, we plan on sharing the results of this project widely at national meetings and publishing the results of our professional development approach in peer-reviewed journals.

Abstract

Science Club Summer Camp (SC2) is a practicum-based teacher professional development program for elementary school teachers, aligned to the recently released Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It seeks to address well-described gaps in the scientific training of elementary teachers that threaten the effective implementation of NGSS and interrupt development of early youth science skills. We offer that the best way to prepare a future STEM and biomedical workforce is to help improve NGSS-aligned instruction at the K-5 level.

SC2 uses an integrated approach to train Chicago Public School teachers and youth in the nature of science. An interdisciplinary team of scientists, master science teachers, NGSS experts, and youth development staff will collaborate to incorporate the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs), Crosscutting Concepts, and science and engineering practices into both out-of-school time learning at a summer camp and academic year instruction. Program participants will also learn about NGSS connections to health and biomedicine through interactions with practicing scientists, visits to research labs, and inquiry into health phenomena.

Over the course of the program, we will train 64 teachers and more than 2000 youth in authentic science and health practices.  A multi-faceted evaluation plan will assess the impact of our program on teacher beliefs, knowledge, and understanding of the NGSS, and the degree to which their training results in changes to their instructional practice. Additionally, we will help teachers design critical NGSS-aligned assessment tools as measures of student learning. These instruments will provide early evidence on the connections between NGSS-aligned instruction and deeper student learning.

In addition to addressing the acute need for NGSS-aligned teacher professional development strategies, and high quality summer learning opportunities for disadvantages youth, it is our expectation that this “dual use” approach will serve as a model for future teacher professional development programs that seek to bridge learning in formal and informal environments and strengthen academic-community partnerships.

Evaluation(s)

Teacher pre/post surveys and interviews
Classroom observation
Action Research
NGSS-aligned student assessment

Science Club Summer Camp (SC2): Training Teachers and Youth in Authentic STEM Practice /grants/science-club-summer-camp-sc2-training-teachers-and-youth-authentic-stem-practice R25 OD020222 K-5 IL 2015 06/01/2015 03/31/2020 North Western University 600 Foster Street Suite 130
Evanston IL 60208 Center for Genetic Medicine PI KENNEDY MICHAEL T PhD, BS 847-467-3593 m-kennedy@northwestern.edu OTHER CONTACT Dougherty Rebecca PhD (847) 467-1318 r-daugherty@northwestern.edu http://scienceinsociety.northwestern.edu/initiatives/science-club-summer-camp http://scienceinsociety.northwestern.edu/initiatives/science-club-summer-camp

Elementary teachers, elementary youth.

Next Generation Science Standards, nature of science, inquiry-based science, authentic health and biomedicine research.

Using an integrated approach, the goal of SC2 is to train Chicago Public School teachers and youth in the nature of science. Program participants will also learn about NGSS connections to health and biomedicine through interactions with practicing scientists, visits to research labs, and inquiry into health phenomena.

N/A

All materials, practice guides, evaluation instruments, and software products developed as part of this proposal will be shared broadly with the education community.  All materials will be posted on the project’s website, as well as linked to from our broader Science in Society office website.

In addition, we plan on sharing the results of this project widely at national meetings and publishing the results of our professional development approach in peer-reviewed journals.

Science Club Summer Camp (SC2) is a practicum-based teacher professional development program for elementary school teachers, aligned to the recently released Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It seeks to address well-described gaps in the scientific training of elementary teachers that threaten the effective implementation of NGSS and interrupt development of early youth science skills. We offer that the best way to prepare a future STEM and biomedical workforce is to help improve NGSS-aligned instruction at the K-5 level.

SC2 uses an integrated approach to train Chicago Public School teachers and youth in the nature of science. An interdisciplinary team of scientists, master science teachers, NGSS experts, and youth development staff will collaborate to incorporate the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs), Crosscutting Concepts, and science and engineering practices into both out-of-school time learning at a summer camp and academic year instruction. Program participants will also learn about NGSS connections to health and biomedicine through interactions with practicing scientists, visits to research labs, and inquiry into health phenomena.

Over the course of the program, we will train 64 teachers and more than 2000 youth in authentic science and health practices.  A multi-faceted evaluation plan will assess the impact of our program on teacher beliefs, knowledge, and understanding of the NGSS, and the degree to which their training results in changes to their instructional practice. Additionally, we will help teachers design critical NGSS-aligned assessment tools as measures of student learning. These instruments will provide early evidence on the connections between NGSS-aligned instruction and deeper student learning.

In addition to addressing the acute need for NGSS-aligned teacher professional development strategies, and high quality summer learning opportunities for disadvantages youth, it is our expectation that this “dual use” approach will serve as a model for future teacher professional development programs that seek to bridge learning in formal and informal environments and strengthen academic-community partnerships.

Teacher pre/post surveys and interviews
Classroom observation
Action Research
NGSS-aligned student assessment

Teacher professional development, Next Generation Science Standards, nature of science, health, biomedicine