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The Copernicus Project University of California, Riverside Graduate School of Education Partnership Building & Pathway Modeling for Science Teachers The PRIME Conference March 6, 2009 Linda Scott Hendrick, Ph.D. www.copernicusproject.ucr.edu Linda Scott Hendrick: Principal Investigator Athena Waite: Co-Principal Investigator Jocelyn Edey, Co-Director Steve Gómez, Co-Director Cathy Lussier, Co-Director Raymond Hurst, Education/Business Liaison Ryan Shiba Kenisha Williams Jacquelyn Rodriguez Monica Esparza Gloria Newman A Pop Quiz Nicolas Copernicus is – a.) a new hip hop artist – b.) a relief pitcher for the Dodgers – c.) the scientist who defined “out of the box” thinking …500 years ago – d.) the new lottery scratcher Project Goals & Objectives 1. Early identification of diverse future science teachers as well as established science teachers at the: • community college level (future teacher) • teacher preparation level (teacher in training) • novice & veteran teacher level Project Goals & Objectives 2. Create & implement high quality, focused teacher preparation & advanced professional development for identified: • future science teachers • new & veteran science teachers Project Goals & Objectives 3. Create continued, sustained, mentored support for new & veteran science teachers through partnerships Project Outcomes Increase the number & diversity of science teachers Cultivate deeper science subject matter knowledge & expert pedagogy Improve significantly students’ science achievement The 5 E Model and State and National Content Standards Engage Explore Explain Elaborate Evaluate Implementing Project Goals The Copernicus Project Partners Copernicus Partners Institutions of Higher Education: – 4 Four-Year Institutions – 4 Community Colleges 8 School Districts Riverside County Office of Education Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce The Developmental Teacher Preparation Continuum Building a Teacher Education Pipeline Science Blended Programs have been be developed at 4-year partner IHEs to: – Offer “early deciding”students an enriched “blended” undergraduate science major – Include early professional field experiences – Provide a “fast track” to classroom teaching – Allow transfer to partner 4-year IHEs through an articulated community college curriculum Building a Teacher Education Pipeline Provides one ‘Teacher Education Program Specialist’ at each partnering community college Conducts transfer workshops for student course-taking advisement Works with community college counselors to place students in paid summer internships in university laboratories Community College Counselors Teacher Education Program Specialists are provided at each partnering campus. Provide early field experiences. Arrange transfer workshops & advisement for participation in the Science Blended Program. – Easy transfer to 4-year IHE’s through articulated curricula – Fast track to teaching Paid Community College Internship (CCI) experience Community College Science Summer Internships (CCI) 4 Partnering Community Colleges CC Students 60 participants 2 Weeks Community College Science Summer Internships (CCI) Students live in dorms, experience campus life, network w/ other future teachers. Students provided: – campus admission & transfer information – financial aid resources – teacher credential program information. CCI Lab Experience Science faculty create & deliver hands-on science activities. Examples: • organic solar cell fabrication • water quality engineering • invasive species management CCI Skills & Teaching Students taught pedagogy: – Learning styles – Strategies for English language learners & special needs students Students taught technology & presentation skills Students practice skills & share knowledge w/ peers CCI in Action The Copernicus Project Community College Internship Program Outcomes for Community College Students CCI Outcomes Pre-test & Post-test surveys Pre-test & Post-test results indicate significant (p=.05) – Increased interest in university transfer – Increased interest in teaching Follow-up Surveys – 50% respondents have now taken an education class – 75% now confident that they will become a teacher CCI - Student Feedback… “I valued the labs and lectures, they ran smoothly & were centered around the students’ needs.” “Dr. Hoddle’s entomology lab was very impressive & professional. The pedagogy was very useful & insightful!” “I valued the knowledge that I have gained through this experience. It has been a great learning experience & a very fun process.” Science Summer Institutes (SSI) Science Summer Institutes (SSI) High School & Middle School teachers Partner w/ High School students 2-week Summer Science education Topics – Year 1: Biology – Year 2: Chemistry – Year 3: Earth Science & Physics – Year 4: Elementary Science through literacy (elementary teachers) Mentor site visits throughout the year 2 follow-up sessions You are here Standards Pacing Inquiry Guides learning HELP SSI – Goals and Content District administrators and teachers collaboratively select standards-based content Pedagogy demonstrated and practiced in hands-on experiences Teachers develop new inquiry-based lesson plans (5 E Model – Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, & Evaluate) Technology skills developed and integrated into lesson presentations SSI – Goals and Content (cont.) Teachers share and publish new lesson plans AVID-like high school students partner with teachers – Learn (pedagogy, science content, campus and credential info., etc.) – Collaborate on science lesson with mentor SSI teacher – Implement and teach science lesson to 5th grade class – Develop leadership skills and academic motivation Teachers develop and implement Action Research Support and collaboration continue all year long SSI – Goals and Content (cont.) University extension credits available to teachers Assist participating teachers within their authorized credential area to earn a ‘degree authorization’ in Science (NCLB compliant) SSI Pre-Post Test Comparisons Statistically significant increases: (p=.05) – Teachers’ self-assessment of comfort in genetics and biology related class activities and topics – Development of inquiry-based pedagogical and assessment orientations for students – Teachers’ use of computer technologies in class and at home in lesson planning – Use of PowerPoint, image scanning, virtual labs, e-portfolios and science internet resources during lessons and in class SSI Pre-Post Test Comparisons Statistically significant increases: (p=.05) – Perceived ability to reach and motivate all of their science students – Perceived capacity to make a difference in students’ lives – Positive perceptions of their decisions to become a teacher – Satisfaction with teaching ability – Value of collaborative meetings with other teachers SSI Teacher Feedback “The time in content area teams was helpful, I enjoyed working with teachers that taught the subject that I teach. Thanks to Dr. Ferko for explaining the labs to me at a level I can understand.” SSI Student Feedback “I valued getting to present our lesson plans to the teachers and listening to their thoughts.” “This experience made my summer better, this made me want to be a teacher, I have a new respect for them.” Evaluation Plan Components Increased retention of science teachers Increased teacher training in technology Effective teaching of science through literacy in elementary grades Increased student science achievement The Copernicus Project Science Summer Institute Outcomes for Veteran and New Teachers Science Summer Institutes (SSI) Enhanced Teacher Confidence Levels and Higher Motivation Science Summer Institutes (SSI) Statistically significant increases: (p=.05) ---Development of inquiry-based pedagogical and assessment orientations for students ---Teachers’ uses of computer technologies in class and at home in lesson planning ---Uses of PowerPoint, image scanning, virtual labs, e-portfolios, and science internet resources during lessons and in class Statistically significant increases: (p=.05) Science Summer Institutes (SSI) ---Perceived ability to reach and motivate all of their science students ---Perceived capacity to make a difference in students’ lives ---Positive perceptions of their decisions to become teachers ---Satisfaction with teaching abilities The Copernicus Project Science Achievement Scores for Students of Copernicus Teacher Participants Year 2 – 2006 CCI California Standards Test, Biology- Year 1 Year 2 – 2006 CCI increase Year 1- State: +3 % SSI High School 1: +12% increase SSI High School 2 : +12% increase SSI High School 3 : + 8% increase SSI High School 4 : + 6% increase SSI High School 5 : + 5% increase SSI High School 6 : + 2% increase California Standards Test, Chemistry- Year 2 Year 2- State: +4 % increase SSI High School 1: +20% increase SSI High School 2 : +11% increase SSI High School 3 : +8 % increase SSI High School 4 : +8 % increase SSI High School 5 : +7 % increase SSI High School 6 : +7 % increase California Standards Test, Earth Science- Year 3 Year 3 - State: +3 % increase SSI High School 1: +43% increase SSI High School 2 : +28% increase SSI High School 3 : +26 % increase SSI High School 4 : +26 % increase SSI High School 5 : +25 % increase SSI High School 6 : +22 % increase California Standards Test, Physics- Year 3 Year 3 - State: +8 % increase SSI High School 1: +71% increase SSI High School 2 : +61% increase SSI High School 3 : +55 % increase SSI High School 4 : +49 % increase SSI High School 5 : +43 % increase SSI High School 6 : +40 % increase And that’s just * Image Description * the beginning: Insert Image CoperniKids: helping underrepresented elementary school students create a * Image Description pathway to a college education in science. Training high school students in our teaching model, then having them teach science to Insert Image * Image Description 5th graders. Training veteran teachers on the latest scientific research. “Our journey has never been one of short cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path of the faint- hearted. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers…” What is Important to You? For Discussion in Table Groups: Learn Link Leverage Collaborate Next Steps Report from the Group Thank you for your participation and interest!
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