Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

May 14: Collaborations between colleges and universities and K-12 communities

Essays, Stories & Reports:

  • Building teacher scholar partnerships
    - M. Patricia Morse, Professor of Zoology - University of Washington
    Teacher scholar partnerships are opportunities for a college and university to strengthen its relationship with the community by increasing the civic engagement of its students and graduates, and, to motivate students to consider K-12 teaching as a career.

  • Creek connections: Connecting kids and curriculum through watershed studies
    - James O. Palmer, Chair, Department of Environmental Science - Allegheny College
    At the heart of this teacher scholar partnership is a collaboration between the college and public school districts in western Pennsylvania and New York for the purpose of encouraging natural science education through hands-on field and laboratory experiences.

Resources from PKAL:

  • Putting the teacher scholar partnership pieces together
    - M. Patricia Morse, Professor of Zoology - University of Washington
    - Jeanine Gregoire, Assistant Professor, Departments of Education & Physics - Augsburg College
    - Paul E. Kehle, School of Education - Indiana University
    - Paul Kuerbis, Professor of Education - Colorado College
    - Esther Oey, Assistant Professor of Education - St. Lawrence University
    - Jan Tuomi, Lead Consultant for Mathematics & Science - Mid-Continent Research for Education & Learning
    A step-by-step guide on how to build successful teacher scholar partnerships.

Resources from other sources:

  • American Association of Community Colleges - Teacher Scholar Partnership Program The American Association of Community Colleges presents their report on the AACC-led Teacher Scholar Partnership program.

  • The Education Trust
    The Education Trust was created to promote high academic achievement for all students, at all levels, kindergarten through college. Among the many program strands for the Education Trust meeting (November 11 - 13, 2004, Washington, DC) is one showcasing "...the many grass-roots organizations of parents, business leaders, and students themselves who are playing a pivotal role in efforts to improve achievement and close gaps between groups..."

  • National Science Foundation's Science & Engineering Indicators for 2004
    The section on elementary and secondary education is a rich resource, with information about K-12 student performance in math and science, curriculum standards and statewide assessments, a discussion of teacher quality, induction, professional development and working conditions, and more– important information for STEM professionals at all levels, for parents and citizens making decisions about the quality of education for the children in their community.

  • EPICS - Engineering Projects in Community Service
    Purdue University's project, EPICS, under the direction of Leah Jamison and her engineering colleagues, creates partnerships between teams of undergraduate students and local community not-for-profit organizations to solve engineering-based problems in the community.

  • CEEO - Center for Engineering Educational Outreach at Tufts University
    Constantly building and taking things apart to gain a better understanding of how they work, children are natural engineers. By bringing engineering into the classroom, these natural instincts can be capitalized on to excite children about math and science and interest them in a future careers in those math, science, and engineering. Engineering also provides a way to integrate subjects and to show students the real world applications of the subjects they are learning. It lends itself to the development of personally meaningful projects that the students can relate to and hence are more likely to find motivating and engaging. Hands-on engineering design projects also addresses the needs of students with different learning and cognitive styles. The Center for Engineering Educational Outreach (CEEO) at Tufts University is dedicated to making engineering part of K-12 education by developing tools, curriculum, activities, outreach programs, and professional development courses. Using materials from paperclips to LEGOs the CEEO works to support teachers, students, administrators, and parents in incorporating engineering in K-12 schools.

TIP: Think about your opportunities as scientist, parent, or citizen, to bring the excitement of doing science to the K-12 students in your community.