teachers from all LACTE institutions and their colleagues from the
schools at which they teach were eligible candidates for the Science
Teacher Leadership Workshop.
The Leadership Workshop is a science
education project that demonstrates to teachers at every level how to
use new tools to stimulate student interest in science. This week-long summer workshop and its academic year
follow-up weekends presented hands-on inquiry-based activities of the
life science world to 20 new teachers of science.
College and K-12 faculty from the LACTE project jointly taught
workshop assisted teachers to learn how to utilize inquiry-based
investigations to develop the critical thinking and process skills
required of students in the 21st century.
Exciting and fascinating biological organisms were used as a
vehicle to explore natural ecosystems, to make observations, to interact
in groups, to ask critical questions, to learn how to solve problems,
keep records, present results, and evaluate data.
Using a variety of exemplary published curricula and unpublished
field-tested activities from a spectrum of innovative educators,
teachers, and professional organizations, attendees learned fundamental information about the integration of life science, physical
science, mathematics, and technology.
Activities addressed critical areas in ecology, natural
environments, energy production and cell development, in a student-age
specific manner, consistent with the National Science Education
Standards of the National Academy of Sciences and the California Science
participants received a “New Teachers Tool Kit”, a set of books and
materials they can use to enhance science learning in their own
classrooms. They also
received a workbook of activities that they have designed during the
workshop included a set of academic year follow-up meetings and field
trips. These ongoing
activities served a number of purposes:
provided a forum for the participant teachers to discuss their
teaching accomplishments and problems with other project
participants and workshop staff.
helped expand the teachers’ knowledge of local area resources that
can be used in their teaching.
allowed the project staff to address issues that are best understood
in the context of one’s own classroom, not in a workshop
of a strong network with other new teachers
to talented in-service teachers who can serve as advisors and a lifeline
in inquiry-based teaching
for development and implementation of lessons
on classroom management for science teachers
of content knowledge
workshop was developed and coordinated by Dr. Ken Anderson, California
State University Los Angeles.