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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                                                        *
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         CoperniKids: helping
 underrepresented elementary
     school students create a
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pathway to a college education
                    in science.


 Training high school students
   in our teaching model, then
 having them teach science to
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                   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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