The K-16 Community and Integrating Science in the Curriculum
(PKAL) Philadelphia Regional
6 April, 2002
Bryn Mawr College
A regional resource center ˇ examples of what it would
- send out materials
- maintain materials
- train teachers
Foster deep partnerships
- Professors & teachers
- e-mail contacts
- Higher Ed: adopt one school & focus on it
Establish better links between resources
How Higher Ed Could Help
-College Models: inquiry process
-Supply necessary equipment
-Coordinate (integrate) teaching of math & science
-Profs. come to K-12 schools
-Equipment comes w/knowledge of how to use it
"Ask your parents" survey at our studentÝs family
- K-16 resources (personal connections).
Jeanne ideas ˇ
-send our (univ) students home over break to talk to their
favorite K-12 teacher.
-put up big map in hall w/pins in it for where our alumni are & what they are doing.
-ask Jeanne for more ideas !
PKAL Workshop on how to add and supplement to existing
NSF (or other)
research grants for K-12 teachers to come and learn.
Mary Beth Davis
More thematic, inquiry-based courses ˇ a way to bring the "university" experience to a school, sustained efforts
More and better communication of what is going on
Run summer institutes (like those run by Paul Grobstein)
- thematic-inquiry based visits
- web presence
Increase the level and intensity of university planning and presence of faculty and students in both K-12 and university environments.
-Establish a "Van" program, e.g., "Science in Motion"
-Hold workshops in instrument training
-Have "overseer" group like PKAL or other regional or university outreach groups survey schools to see who are the "haves" and "have nots" in a given school district like Philadelphia.
More Best Ideas
Two-way street ˇ develop a "shared vision", include school administration.
Pre-service training: do training w/experienced teachers
-e.g., how kits can work in a class