Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3): The Modeling Institute

Project: Research project

Description

This proposal draws upon significant work on middle level STEM improvement and teacher preparation. It addresses the issue of professional advancement for in-service teachers by integrating the efforts of Arizona State Universitys most successful NSF-sponsored initiatives: Modeling Physics (numerous NSF grants); Project Pathways (MSP) Professional Learning Community Resources (TPC); Project Lead the Way and Prime the Pipeline Project (two ITEST grants), Ask-a-Biologist( NSDL), SMALLab (CISE & IGERT) the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER); and its MARS education program (NASA funding). It has been shown in a variety of studies of student learning that context is critical for coming to understand mathematical concepts and skills. Moreover, the capacity to create models of scientific phenomena and to test those models is dependent on the development of mathematical ways of thinking about the phenomena, including the ability to make sense of patterns in data. For this reason, modeling truly is an integrative construct, connecting mathematics and scientific content through meaningful activity. This collaboration, developed in partnership with two of the fastest growing school districts in the State of Arizona, will leverage the most successful aspects of each of the programs mentioned above program to generate a sustainable STEM re-certification and professional development program for elementary school teachers to become middle school science and mathematics teachers in urban Phoenix and rural Maricopa county schools. Collectively these NSF program partners can coordinate existing products and infrastructure to deliver a high quality program almost immediately. As a part of their learning experience, teachers will have two supervised intensive teaching experiences of two weeks duration, one each summer, in which they will practice newly acquired instructional approaches, teaching middle school students who attend an ASU Summer College for Kids camp. Over the five year life of the grant we aim to produce 150 additional teachers, highly qualified in the STEM disciplines, by tapping and developing a new marketelementary certified teachers with an interest in professional advancement in science or mathematics education. In addition, the partnership upon which this program is founded will provide the nucleus for a vibrant STEM education network to support ongoing professional development and collaborations among university researchers and secondary STEM educators.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/15/098/31/14

Funding

  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $1,244,972.00

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