Join the TIDeS materials development teams
Deadline to apply: December 15, 2021
Do you want to do a better job of reaching students in your introductory science course, especially future teachers?
We want to help you.
Our introductory undergraduate science courses are filled with future teachers: some who are already preparing to be elementary, middle, or secondary teachers through majors in education, and many, many others who will come to teaching as a career by following a different path. These introductory courses are often future teachers' only opportunity to engage with the practices and concepts of science and engineering as adult learners. The vision of TIDeS is that future teachers will learn science as undergraduates the way they are expected to teach science in the K–12 classroom: engaging all students in science investigation and engineering design in a discourse-filled, context-rich, inclusive learning process.
The primary goal of the TIDeS project is to engage and support undergraduate faculty and instructors in developing, testing, and implementing high-quality instructional materials that put investigation and design at the center of their introductory science courses. To achieve that goal, we are seeking a total of 15 instructors who will work together in three teams of five to develop new curricular materials focused on investigation and design that are broadly adaptable across the large community of institutions and faculty in life science, Earth science, and physical science. Each team will develop a full course of materials within their discipline, using the Next Generation Science Standards as a guide for focusing the content and approach. Teaching with these new materials will benefit all students, while giving future teachers learning experiences they can model in the future.
Wondering what we mean by investigation and design? Read more
How we will help you
To better understand the impact of these materials and the development process on you and your students, we will also ask you to participate in interviews and allow us to observe your classroom several times.
What you will gain
A community of practice: We will be working together on a shared agenda to improve students' learning experiences and our teaching experiences in our introductory science courses.
Professional development: Along the way, you will be engaged in professional development to build your skills in teaching with science investigation and engineering design, inclusive teaching practices, and supporting future teachers.
Stipend: This is significant and important work, and will be compensated as such. Materials developers will receive $15,000 each in total, in payments based on deliverables (see timeline below).
Materials development, testing, revision, implementation, and final publication will take place over approximately three years. The general timeline below shows the phases of development.
- July 1, 2021: Deadline to apply
- July 15, 2021: Notification of selected team members
- August and September, 2021: Introductory webinars, initial interviews
- PHASE 1: October, 2021 through August, 2022
- October 24-27, 2021: Initial face-to-face meeting to launch materials development process (location will be either Northfield, MN, or Ellensburg, WA) Note: full participation in this meeting is required, and travel will be reimbursed. We will follow all relevant COVID guidelines.
- PHASE 2: 2022-23 Academic year
- PHASE 3: Summer 2023
- PHASES 4-5: 2023-24 Academic year
Eligibility and selection process
Faculty and instructors teaching college-level introductory science courses in which they can test and implement the materials they develop are eligible to apply. In selecting participants, we will be seeking:
- Disciplinary diversity: We seek five faculty in each of three broad disciplinary areas—Earth science, life science, and physical science. We seek to develop teams in which individuals bring a range of expertise within their disciplines, including some with engineering experience.
- Potential for impact: We seek to select individuals and teams with a high potential for impact both in reaching large numbers of students and future teachers and as agents of change within their institutions.
- Racial and ethnic diversity: We seek to select teams of materials developers that represent the diversity of students and future teachers in the United States.
- Diversity of institutions and teaching experience: We seek to bring a range of teaching experiences to share, including types of institutions, student demographics, and number of years teaching.
Contact Anne Egger (Anne.Egger AT cwu.edu)