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Reaching Out beyond the Ivory Towers

Gerber, D. Timothy [1].

Working with K-12 School Districts - Plants in the Science Curriculum.

The need for teacher professional development programs is critical for excellence in K-12 level math and science courses and is an important part of the educational reform in science occurring in the United States today. The long-term success of teacher professional development programs however is dependant on working with not just teachers but the school district as a whole. This informational session will focus on the process taken by the author to develop lasting connections with a school district and ultimately change the elementary science curriculum of this district to include more plant biology in the district-wide curriculum. The focus of this session involves work with the K-8 level however the strategy developed can be used with any grade level. The author continues to work with the school district and has jointly published plant-related papers in the National Science Teachers Association's elementary level "Science & Children" journal.


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

Keywords:
K-12 education, science curriculum.

Presentation Type: Education Forum Session:Informational Session
Session: F 1b-1
Location: 410/Hilton
Date: Saturday, August 13th, 2005
Time: 8:15 AM
Abstract ID:24


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