Research assistant professor Doug Earick, in collaboration with PSU’s Department of Education’s Early Childhood Program, has received a Mathematics & Science Partnership grant from the NH Department of Education for a project on Teacher as Researcher: The role of inquiry, and learning progressions through environmental science studies. Over the next year, this $75,000 grant will focus on teacher professional development for up to thirty K-5 teachers from the Newfound School District in the use of inquiry in science education utilizing the field of environmental studies.
The project will provide a variety of outreach services to the teachers and schools in the project including:
- embedded professional development through monthly workshops with a focus on K-5 requirements as outlined in the New Hampshire Frameworks targeting the recognition and understanding of learning progressions,
- technical and instructional assistance in the development of inquiry-based curriculum utilizing science progressions and in the design of authentic assessments to benefit inquiry approaches with K-5 children that are geographic and culturally relevant to the schools represented in this project,
- mentorship in the application, implementation, and analysis of systemic action research, and
- collaborative publication and presentation opportunities.