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Gerber, D. Timothy [1].

Building Partnerships to Improve Elementary Education - Plants in the Science/Literacy/Art Curricula.

THE need for pre-service (future) and in-service (practicing) teacher education is critical for excellence in K-12 level science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses and is an important part of the educational reform in the United States. The long-term success of teacher education programs however is dependant on working not just with classroom teachers but with a community of partners which influence education (e.g., professors, non-academic scientists and engineers, university and school district administration). This informational session will focus on the process taken by the author to develop lasting connections among university teacher education and biology faculty, pre-service teachers, and in-service teachers in a local school district. The ultimate goal is to build a working “community” of professionals interested in improving STEM education. The focus of this session involves work with elementary plant science projects by connecting science, literacy, and art however the strategy developed can be used with any grade level for any STEM discipline. The author continues to work with his local school district and has published K-12 plant-related articles in Science & Children, American Biology Teacher, and 2061 Connections.


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Teachers Using LIving Plants (TULIP) Project


1 - University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601, USA

Keywords:
K-12 education
literacy
school districts
science curriculum.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 11-1
Location: 207-209/Kandall Hall
Date: Monday, July 31st, 2006
Time: 9:00 AM
Abstract ID:52


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