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Middle and High School Teacher Professional Development

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Conference

2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

K-12 Teacher Professional Development

Tagged Division

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

Page Count

16

Page Numbers

25.936.1 - 25.936.16

DOI

10.18260/1-2--21693

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https://peer.asee.org/21693

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Keith A. Schimmel North Carolina A&T State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4048-7250

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Keith Schimmel is an Associate Professor of chemical engineering, Chair of the Energy and Environmental Systems Department, and Deputy Director of the NOAA ISET Cooperative Science Center.

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Muktha Jost North Carolina A&T State University

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Muktha Jost is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the online graduate program in Instructional Technology. She has served as a teacher educator for 14 years.

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Tyrette Sherlone Carter North Carolina A&T State University

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Tyrette S. Carter’s research interests include how to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics, specifically algebra and algebraic reasoning. She has published articles on the Conceptual Context that Promotes Algebraic Reasoning and Questioning and Informational Texts: Scaffolding Students’ Comprehension of Content Areas, and she has conducted professional development workshops to support the teaching and learning of mathematics. These workshops involve supporting the use of technology and family involvement. She currently trains pre-service and in-service teachers on how to utilize formative assessment and effectively implement teaching strategies to support students’ needs. Her goal is that by training teachers to develop a deeper understanding and motivation for their subject matter, this will increase the number of students who take higher level mathematics courses and pursue careers in mathematics and the sciences.

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Shawn Raquel Watlington North Carolina A&T State University

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Shawn Raquel Watlington is Director of K-20 Engagement & Professional Development within the NC A&T Office of University Outreach, where she is responsible for developing and implementing K-12 youth, teacher professional development, and parent/community events.

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Terrie Ruth McManus Ragsdale High School, Guilford County Schools

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Terrie Ruth McManus is an earth/environmental science teacher at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, N.C. Prior to moving to the Greensboro area, she was a lab instructor at NC State University where she received bachelor degrees in geology and science education, plus a M.S. from the Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences Department.

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Solomon Bililign North Carolina A&T State University

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Solomon Bililign is a professor of physics at North Carolina A&T State University and is the current Director for NOAA-ISETCSC.

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Terry White Worrell Guilford County Schools

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Terry White Worrell is a successful educational leader for more than 30 years in urban school districts and a specialist in turning around low-performing schools and creating alternative high schools.

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Yuh-Lang Lin North Carolina A&T State University

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Yuh-Lang Lin is a professor at NC A&T State University.

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Abstract

Middle and High School Teacher Professional Development Through University Research Experiences and Curriculum DevelopmentA professional development model for middle and high school STEM teachers has beendeveloped, implemented over two years, and assessed. The model involves a partnershipbetween the middle and high school teachers and administrators, education graduate students andfaculty members, STEM graduate students and faculty members, and a NOAA research center.The highlight of the teacher experience was a three week intensive Summer Research Institute inwhich teachers developed modules connected to Earth systems science research, NASA research,and North Carolina science and mathematics standards-based curricula. Twenty high schoolscience and mathematics teachers participated in the Institute both summers. This arrangementprovided an opportunity for the teachers to explore together how STEM concepts can beintegrated between mathematics and science courses. During the second summer, the high schoolteachers served as mentors for twenty middle school science and math teachers from the sameschool district region. This arrangement provided an opportunity for the teachers to exploretogether how STEM concepts are taught and understood by students as students matriculate frommiddle to high school STEM classes. Web 2.0 technologies were demonstrated and utilized,which resulted in teacher leadership related to technology affordances at the end of the Institute.The professional development model was assessed through surveying and focus group interviewswith the participants along with evaluation of the curriculum developed.

Schimmel, K. A., & Jost, M., & Carter, T. S., & Watlington, S. R., & McManus, T. R., & Bililign, S., & Worrell, T. W., & Lin, Y. (2012, June), Middle and High School Teacher Professional Development Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21693

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