MSTE hosts Professional Development for Unit 4 Science Teachers
During the two weeks of July 16-27, MSTE in collaboration with Champaign CUSD4 hosted a Summer Institute for 20 middle school and high school science teachers from district CUSD4 at the Beckman Institute at UIUC. The Summer Institute is part of the two-year long Partnership for Implementing the Framework for K-12 Science Education (PIFSE) project funded by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
The goal of PIFSE was to support teachers in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), in particular to revise and develop lessons aligned with the new standards. During the workshop, teachers worked on model units and consulted with University of Illinois scientists and engineers. The UIUC PIFSE team included Morten Lundsgaard, Barbara Hug, and George Reese from the College of Education; Joe Muskin from Mechanical Science and Engineering, and Sharlene Denos of the Center for the Physics of Living Cells and University High School. This group coordinated interactions between the teachers and science and engineering faculty, experts in the areas relevant to the lessons that the teachers were developing. These teacher-expert sessions in connection to the NGSS, and presentations by MSTE personnel and CUSD teachers, served as inspiration for teachers’ work on lessons.
The final lessons – seven in total – will be made available by ISBE to all teachers in and out of Illinois via CoolHub, a data portal hosted by the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA).