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Investigate the State: Collaborating To Study Science Issues In Michigan. Presented by Stephen Best and Nancy Williams at the MSTA 2009 conference.

Investigate the State: Collaborating To Study Science Issues In Michigan. Presented by Stephen Best and Nancy Williams at the MSTA 2009 conference.

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    • 1. Investigate the State: Collaborating to Study Science Issues in Michigan Michigan Mathematics and Science Teacher Leadership Collaborative Stephen Best and Nancy Williams, University of Michigan
    • 2. Objectives for this Session
    • 3. Objectives for this Session • Introduce the notion of geographical analysis of common science topics through shared investigation and collaboration
    • 4. Objectives for this Session • Introduce the notion of geographical analysis of common science topics through shared investigation and collaboration • Review and discuss plans for a statewide set of investigations that help students learning content and build inquiry skills and experience
    • 5. Objectives for this Session • Introduce the notion of geographical analysis of common science topics through shared investigation and collaboration • Review and discuss plans for a statewide set of investigations that help students learning content and build inquiry skills and experience • Consider the professional learning opportunities of a collaborative investigation, review, and development of curricula for teachers
    • 6. A Little Background • MMSTLC is a PD program for developing a new generation of instructional leaders • Focus in science is on the more challenging aspects of inquiry: • Student-designed investigations • Using scientific models to build understanding • Data collection and analysis • Assessing student understanding • Big picture of project-based inquiry learning
    • 7. Some Challenges in the Approach and Model • No opportunity to reflect on a common set of experiences or topics • Little organized opportunity to collaborate on instruction or PD design • Reliance on local partners and individuals • No common set of structured activities that all participants can engage colleagues with to assess understanding of inquiry • The EVER PRESENT short term views...
    • 8. Borrow from the past...
    • 9. Borrow from the past... • Teacher Quality grant program in Grand Rapids schools (2004-6) • “Merged” several improvement efforts • Implementation of 5-E Instructional Model • Freedom to Learn technology initiative • Curriculum development and alignment • Need to address Highly Qualified status • Year 1: Implement a common inquiry unit addressing hydrology and ecosystem topics • Year 2: Develop new inquiry units
    • 10. Resulting Practices • Collaboration among classrooms and teachers to share data and analyze on a regional scale
    • 11. Resulting Practices • Chance to explore inquiry through a shared lens and set of experiences • Use of technology to push student centered learning practices • Collaboration among teachers to develop new units and resources for themselves and their colleagues • Improved learning of science for all teachers and students
    • 12. Back to today
    • 13. Investigate the State • Common set of lessons and curricular resources that all teachers can use • Professional development program to support teachers through local leaders and online tools and resources • Investigate large scale phenomena • Focus on the foundations of inquiry learning and process skills for “doing science” • Collaboration among teachers to improve practice and resources used
    • 14. How it will work... • Lessons and instructional resources • “What is the water like in our river?” • “What is the quality of air in our community?” • A Network of Experts and Teacher Specialists from the MMSTLC program • Professional Development • PD for local facilitators • Summer academy and other workshops • Extensive online community and resources • Online Collaboration Tools

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