Joining Together to Revolutionize STEM Teacher Preparation in Washington Statepublished Sep 24, 2015 12:00am
By creating an improved model for STEM teacher preparation in Washington State aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and utilizing InTeGrate* materials, this consortium is working to strengthen collaborations between institutions of higher education, school districts, and other partners; increase the emphasis on Earth literacy and education for sustainability; and support teachers both during their degree programs and beyond, as they enter the classroom. The shared vision developed by the consortium will guide the development of institutional action plans to improve programs.
This impressive consortium brings together faculty and administrators from institutions across the state of Washington as well as K-12 teachers, principals, and district directors focused on revolutionizing science learning and Earth literacy for all Washington State students. Two workshops have been held (at Seattle Pacific University and Central Washington University) earlier this year to create a shared vision for STEM teacher preparation that reflects the needs, opportunities, and challenges of the NGSS and the 21st Century. A third workshop will be help October 17 at Seattle University.
Faculty, administrators, and students from all of the following institutions have participated in the workshops:
· Central Washington University, Ellensburg
· Eastern Washington University, Cheney
· The Evergreen State College,Olympia
· Green River Community College, Auburn
· Heritage University, Toppenish
· Northwest University, Kirkland
· Seattle Pacific University, Seattle
· Seattle University, Seattle
· Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon
· University of Washington – Seattle,Seattle
· University of Washington – Tacoma, Tacoma
· Washington State University - Pullman, Pullman
· Washington State University - Spokane, Spokane
· Washington State University - Tri-Cities, Richland
· Washington State University – Vancouver, Vancouver
· Western Washington University, Bellingham
· Whatcom Community College, Bellingham
· Whitworth University,Spokane
Other participants have come from:
· Central Kitsap School District
· Ellensburg School District
· Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
· Pacific Science Center
· Pacific Northwest National Lab
· Professional Educators Standards Board
· Washington State LASER
· Washington STEM
· Wenatchee School District
· West Hills STEM Academy
For more information about the consortium and its activities, or to get involved, please visit the website.
*Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate), a 5-year STEP Center grant from the National Science Foundation, seeks to increase Earth literacy of all undergraduate students, as well as the number of graduates who are prepared to bring an understanding of the Earth to bear on the resource and environmental issues faced by our society today and in the future.
For more information on InTeGrate, please see our website.