Creating a New Generation of Science Leaders


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This presentation documents the activities and processes used to develop teacher leaders in high needs schools by the Michigan Mathematics and Science Teacher Leadership Collaborative.

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Creating a New Generation of Science Leaders

  1. 1. Creating a New Generation of Science Leaders Presented at: MSTA Annual Conference March 2010 Presented by: Mary Ann Sheline, Grand Valley State University Walt Rathkamp, Saginaw Valley State University Steve Best, University of Michigan David LeClerc and Shannah Dutka, Southfield Schools
  2. 2. Overview of the Session • Provide a background on and examples from the development of the Michigan Mathematics and Science Teacher Leadership Collaborative • Provide considerations for the development and implementation of a teacher leader program • Examine considerations for developing a professional learning network for science educators
  3. 3. Background of the Project • Statewide need for a new generation of instructional leaders • Statewide infrastructure to support the project • Statewide MSP Grant • Experiences and resources of partners
  4. 4. Goals of the MMSTLC • Develop a cadre of teacher leaders with the knowledge and skills to improve teaching and learning in targeted high-needs schools • Establish collaborative working relationships among teacher leaders and other local and statewide partners • Improve mathematics and science learning of students in schools • Increase capacities of the Math/Science Centers and Higher Education to sustain support for teacher leadership around research and standards
  5. 5. Participants • High needs schools • Teacher Leaders • Administrators • Other teachers (later in the process) • Math/Science Centers • STEM faculty from Higher Education Institutions
  6. 6. Levels of Action • Local Team Development and Partnerships • Statewide Professional Development • Networking Among Participants and Other Stakeholders • Resource Development for Local PD • Dissemination of Resources and Ideas
  7. 7. Local Coordination and Leadership Development • Michigan’s Mathematics and Science Center (MSC) Network • MSC Centers Role in Fostering Local Teacher Leadership • Resources and Activities of Local Teams (from the MSC)
  8. 8. Local Partnerships • STEM Faculty • Support Content Knowledge of Teacher Leader • Collaborate with Teacher Leaders and MSCs to Develop Content Specific Resources • Liaison’s with Higher Education Institutions • Local School Administrators • Math / Science Centers • Teacher Leaders
  9. 9. Local Leadership Development • Recruitment and Needs Assessment • Professional Development Plan for Teacher Leaders • Release Time for Teacher Leaders • Semester Sabbatical • Other Release Time Models
  10. 10. Examples of Leadership Development Efforts • Saginaw (individual teacher sabbatical) • Port Huron (team of teachers with partial sabbatical) • Detroit and Oakland (afterschool PLC and summer program)
  11. 11. Statewide PD for Leaders • Leadership Skill Development and Awareness of Leadership Issues • Strategic Planning for Local Teams • Role-specific Sessions Addressing Policy Issues and Networking • Content and Pedagogy Issues for Science Instruction
  12. 12. Leadership Topics Team/General Issue Science Specific Support Curriculum standards, design, Inquiry unit design/adaptation, and policy issues review of curriculum resources Assessment policy, types of Formative Assessment, student data Student Science Test Data Professional development Content and scientific process facilitation and planning specific PD considerations Leadership styles, team Content-based PD approaches, classroom observation strategies, dynamics, change and conflict mentoring approaches, research management findings on student learning and instruction
  13. 13. Science Instruction Focus • Inquiry Learning Process • (Project Based Science Model - Krajcik, et al) • Curriculum Resources from LeTUS and IQWST • Student Designed Investigations • Using Scientific Models • Data Collection and Analysis • Formative Assessment • Writing and communication strategies in science • Links to research on student learning and instruction
  14. 14. Sample Activities for Science Teacher Leaders • Sample teaching activity to illustrate common instructional issues and observation strategies • Collaborative investigations of science phenomena with multiple variables • Practice PD Design and Facilitation • Book Study Groups • Jigsaw analyses of curriculum resources or readings on science ed.
  15. 15. Developing a Network • All of the prior activities involve some level of collaboration • Among different schools/teams • Among different roles • Recognize the greatest need of PD: networking and discussion with other teachers • Encourage collaborations on other, non- project related efforts • Each task included the creation of some artifacts that required discussion to focus “on topic” and not stray
  16. 16. Design for Dissemination • Teacher leaders and local teams need to actually engage other teachers during the project • Statewide PD and local efforts focused on creation of useful products and resources that could be used with others • Incorporated online discussion and other communication tools for sharing ideas and ongoing local support of teachers
  17. 17. Teacher Leaders in Action • Shannah Dutka and David LeClerc Southfield Public Schools teachers Members of Cadre I of MMSTLC • Leadership development • Team activities • What do teacher leaders do?
  18. 18. For More Information • See the links on your handout • Check out other sessions here: • Web 2.0 in the Classroom: Collaborative Learning Tools for Science (Saturday at 10am in Lansing Ctr 104) • Investigate the State: Collaborating to Study Science Issues in Michigan (Saturday at 11am in LC 104) • Science Book Studies as Professional Learning Communities (Saturday at 1pm in LC 202) • Visit the MMSTLC Website: