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Thu, 18 Feb 2010

SBC to host cross-site working group meeting for NSF Math and Science Partnership project
SBC will host a teacher professional development working group meeting for the NSF Math and Science Partnership project on February 18-20 2010. Representatives from universities and research centers associated with four Long Term Ecological Research (SBC, BES, SGS, and KBS) programs across the nation will participate. These scientists and educators are partnering with school districts to a) define essential pathways for achieving environmental science literacy, and b) to develop and test teacher professional development programs that help accomplish this ambitious goal through innovative instruction in the sciences in middle and high schools. The NSF MSP Culturally Relevant Ecology, Learning Progressions, and Environmental Literacy project focuses on the critical education juncture of middle through high school (grades 6-12). The goal is to connect the research capabilities of partner universities and LTER sites with K-12 teacher professional development in science and math at partner schools. These targeted partnerships in math and science will be used to develop a program of teacher professional development in science and mathematics driven by framework of environmental science literacy surrounding the learning progressions of core concepts of science and math. At the meeting the teacher professional development working group will discuss teaching strategies, effective pedagogies, and content for environmental literacy. The group will tour the SBC LTER research site and meet with SBC scientists and students on Saturday, February 20.
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