Completed CSTL projects

Northern Arizona Power of Data (NAZPOD) Project
Supported by Arizona Board of Education
Math or Science Achievement Grants
Administered by Science Foundation Arizona 

The Northern Arizona Power of Data (NAZPOD) project bridges the gap between the career and technical education (CTE) world and the academic world through embedded partnerships. Working as a problem-solving team, teachers model the critical interdependence of science and technology in STEM careers as they implement challenge-based, subject and technology-integrated learning experiences in their classrooms. Students learn Earth Science content and 21st century workforce skills as they collect and analyze data using geographic information systems (GIS) software, and then use that data as evidence to communicate their solutions to local problems. 

Biotechnology for Teachers
Supported by Arizona Department of Education

 A Link Between Content and Real-World Application. High school biology teachers are provided the opportunity to enhance their understanding of biology and inquiry, to learn about the scientific research that is conducted at TGen, and provide the biotechnology equipment and materials that will allow teachers to bring cutting edge knowledge and technology to high school students in Coconino County.

Content Understanding in Biological Science (CUBS)
Supported by The Arizona Department of Education

Summer and school year workshops (2007-2008) in physical science and pedagogy for teachers in Coconino County.

Content Understanding in Physical Science (CUPS)
Supported by The Arizona Department of Education

This project is designed to lead the district science committee through a multi-stage science curriculum materials decision process. During the first stage, teachers on the committee utilized established criteria to examine inquiry-based K-8 science materials and identify 3 programs for piloting in classrooms (second stage). The science committee will use data collected from the materials pilot to select the science curriculum programs that will be adopted for classroom use.

Investigating Science Curriculum 
Supported by The Cottonwood Oak-Creek Unified School District Science Committee and The Arizona Department of Education 

This project is designed to lead the district science committee through a multi-stage science curriculum materials decision process. During the first stage, teachers on the committee utilized established criteria to examine inquiry-based K-8 science materials and identify three programs for piloting in classrooms (second stage). The science committee will use data collected from the materials pilot to select the science curriculum programs that will be adopted for classroom use.

Physical Science with a Literacy Focus Project
Supported by Navajo County and The Arizona Department of Education 

Teachers in grades K-6 in deepen their understanding in core physical science concepts as well as exploring effective ways to connect science and literacy. Research indicates that reading and writing achievement scores for second language learners show significant improvement in classrooms where science and literacy instruction is connected.

Mathematics and Science Partnership Program - Cohort I
Supported by Yavapai County and The Arizona Department of Education 

The project engages 24 teachers in grades K-5 in effective content and pedagogy immersion in order to increase their understanding of foundational scientific concepts in earth science (summer, 2006) physical science (summer, 2007), and life science (summer, 2008). 

Mathematics and Science Partnership Program - Cohort II
Supported by Yavapai County and The Arizona Department of Education 

This project engages 30 teachers in grades K-5 in effective content and pedagogy immersion in order to increase their understanding of foundational scientific concepts in earth science (summer, 2007) and physical science (summer, 2008). 

Biotechnology Integration Opportunities for Teacher Education and Content (BIOTEC)
Supported by The National Science Foundation

Graduate students in STEM disciplines are partnered with K-12 teachers to increase the understanding of biology through the use of biotechnology. 

GEMS Space Science Workshop
Supported by NASA and The Department of Physics & Astronomy at NAU 

This two-day workshop is designed to introduce teachers in grades 3-8 to core curriculum sequences that form a comprehensive program with greater coherence, scientific and educational depth, systematic assessment, new learning technologies and provide a literacy element.

Improving Teaching and Learning in BIO 181 a large enrollment introductory biology course
Supported by The Arizona Board of Regents  

Learner centered education implementation of active learning strategies in large entry level biology courses for majors. Active learning strategies such as web-based quizzes, scaffolded reading support for comprehension of textbooks, classroom response systems, etc., to improve student achievement and retention.

Jr. Biotech
Supported by The Helios Foundation and The University of Arizona

The Jr. Biotech program offers professional development to middle school teachers on how they can incorporate biosciences into their classroom.  After receiving the professional development in the summer, the teachers are then supported by a biotechnology kit lending program, which provides the teacher and the students everything they need to perform the experiments that address state standards. Please contact Kenric Kesler at Kenric.Kesler@nau.edu for more information. 

Life Science with a Literacy Focus Project
Supported by Pima County and The Arizona Department of Education

This project proposes to engage 30 teachers in grades K-6 in deepening their understanding in core life science concepts as well as exploring effective ways to connect science and literacy. Research indicates that reading and writing achievement scores for second language learners show significant improvement in classrooms where science and literacy instruction is connected.

Project PRIME
(Promoting Reform through Instructional Materials that Educate) 
Supported by The National Science Foundation

This research project examines the impact of high quality curriculum materials and professional development in the improvement of teacher knowledge and skills and student achievement in science. 

Teachers as Investigators
Supported by The Science Foundation Arizona 

Science and math teachers are placed for 5-10 weeks in a science or math research lab with senior scientists, graduate students, and undergraduate students to assist in authentic research. Teachers are assisted in taking this information back to the classroom through a Science Curriculum and Instruction course.
 

EYEPOD: Examining Your Environment Through the Power Of Data

The Examining Your Environment through the Power Of Data (EYE-POD) project provides teachers with the means to implement interdisciplinary, technology-integrated, project-based learning modules with an Earth science focus in their classrooms. Students learn science and math concepts as they collect and analyze data in an attempt to solve a problem and communicate solutions through the use of geographic information systems (GIS) software.

Watch the EYE-POD Video Here!

Support for this project has been provided by National Science Foundation and ESRI.

 

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