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  1. Carolyn Nichol
  2. http://www.rstem.rice.edu/
  3. Director, Rice Office of STEM Engagement
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Rice University
  1. Matthew Cushing
  2. Executive Director
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Rice University
  1. Ericka Lawton
  2. https://profiles.rice.edu/staff/ericka-lawton
  3. Associate Director for Educational Leadership and STEM Initiatives
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Rice University, Rice University Office of STEM

Texas Leadership Initiative for Inquiry Science Teaching

NSF Awards: 1852821

2021 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Adult learners

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the national school/university closures, the Rice University NSF Noyce Texas Leadership Initiative for Inquiry Science Teaching (TLIIST) Master Teaching Fellows (MTFs) made the transition to an online professional development learning environment. With an emphasis on biology concepts and the Universal Design Learning framework, the MTF"s learned how to optimize teaching and learning for all.  The video will discuss how these learning opportunities were disseminated with other K-12 teaching professionals to help further their science content knowledge while enhancing leadership development within their schools.

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  • Icon for: Carolyn Nichol

    Carolyn Nichol

    Lead Presenter
    Director, Rice Office of STEM Engagement
    May 10, 2021 | 05:00 p.m.

    Hi everyone! I am Carolyn and I work with an amazing team of science and math education specialists and Rice faculty with a goal of broadening participation in STEM. In this video, we highlight how in 2021, our Rice University NSF Noyce Texas Leadership Initiative for Inquiry Science Teaching (TLIIST) program supported elementary and secondary teachers during the summer and throughout the year with new strategies to engage students in virtual learning and leadership development. In our second year of this five year project with 20 master science teachers, we found multiple ways to bring creative inquiry science into classrooms and equity into Houston classrooms. Teachers were able to share their knowledge\with other teachers on their campuses  school districts and became resources for their districts. Please watch our video and ask us questions!

     
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    Shane Woods
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    Folashade Solomon

    Facilitator
    Senior Researcher
    May 11, 2021 | 12:19 p.m.

    This project is exciting. There are many components of your approach- which all seem necessary to engage teachers in meaningful ways. Can you share more about how leadership training specifically helped your teachers?  I loved to see the models the teachers made from everyday material from their homes.  Can you speak to what the teachers took away from their experience working on their investigations? Did the teachers report any differences in their students' experiences as a result of the teacher's participation in the leadership project?

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    Ericka Lawton

    Co-Presenter
    Associate Director for Educational Leadership and STEM Initiatives
    May 13, 2021 | 02:33 p.m.

    Thanks for your comment and questions.  The leadership training is a very important part of our project. One major goal of our program was to build the skills of our fellows so that they can lead teams of their peers, influence administrators and affect change at their schools. The leadership training is designed to support the collaborative work that occurs within the schools.  For example, last year the fellows received training on how to conduct an effective meeting.  This covered a variety of topics such as how to stick to an agenda, how to handle meeting interruptions etc.  Many of our fellows took these ideas and skills and shared them with other leaders and changed the direction of  PLC meetings in their building for the following year.  The experience provided the fellows with the opportunity to create a classroom community, motivate students and parents and provided an opportunity to deal with diversity in the classroom. 

     

     

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    Tami Lunsford

    K-12 Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 03:34 p.m.

    I love the partnership of leadership training along with pedagogy expertise.  How did you best identify the teachers with leadership potential to participate?

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    Ericka Lawton

    Co-Presenter
    Associate Director for Educational Leadership and STEM Initiatives
    May 13, 2021 | 02:03 p.m.

    Thank you for your comment.  We inquired about their leadership experiences during the interview progress.  This took the form of addressing specific questions that spoke to our goals of the program.    

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    Allan Miller

    K-12 Teacher
    May 11, 2021 | 03:54 p.m.

    Carolyn - sounds like you program did a nice "covid-pivot" to address the needs of your teachers both as instructors and as potential leaders in need of collaboration. I am assuming that like your students - your teachers professional development also became primarily remote - I'm curious what sort of virtual collaborations you found effective and engaging for teachers to work together?  Was it regular videoconference, sharing of work remotely through some sharing platform . . . or perhaps something else?   My work is trying to create such a network for teachers in Uzbekistan and curious what you have found to work that just might transfer to that context?  

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    Jamie Bell

    Facilitator
    Project Director
    May 11, 2021 | 08:03 p.m.

    Thank you for this presentation, which tells a relatable story about responding to the challenge of providing inquiry based instruction in the midst of the pandemic. Was applying universal design a part of this pivot, or were you already using that strategy? What other lessons have you learned in the process? 

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    Ericka Lawton

    Co-Presenter
    Associate Director for Educational Leadership and STEM Initiatives
    May 13, 2021 | 02:42 p.m.

    Thank you for your comment. The use of the UDL strategies was a major part of the pivot.  Many of our fellows were aware of the strategies, however there was no consistency with their use.  The lesson creator ensured that the strategies were understood and applied through the activities they experienced, along with a deep discussion as to how the strategies can lead to an equitable learning experience within the science classroom.   

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    Jamie Bell

    Facilitator
    Project Director
    May 14, 2021 | 04:44 p.m.

    Thank you! It sounds like you leveraged the challenge of going online to catalyze new learning about accessibility and equity. All best as the project progresses, post-pandemic. One additional question- is there a particular model of the inquiry-based approach that the TLIIST program uses?

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    Raffaella Borasi

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 12, 2021 | 07:26 p.m.

    I really appreciated your decision to start with having your master teachers engage as learners in virtual inquiry science experiences that used materials around their house - I have always been a strong proponent of "experiences as learners" as one of the most powerful strategies to help teachers realize the value of new practices, and this is another piece of evidence in support to it!  

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    Ericka Lawton

    Co-Presenter
    Associate Director for Educational Leadership and STEM Initiatives
    May 13, 2021 | 02:06 p.m.

    Thank you for your comment.  It is very important for teachers to engage as learners, especially when it comes to science instruction.  We believe the experience allowed our fellows to be more reflective about their teaching during the pandemic.

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    Ericka Lawton

    Co-Presenter
    Associate Director for Educational Leadership and STEM Initiatives
    May 13, 2021 | 01:46 p.m.

    Thank you for your comment.  It is very important for teachers to engage as learners, especially when it comes to science instruction.  We believe the experience allowed our fellows to be more reflective about  their teaching during the pandemic.

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    Shane Woods

    Facilitator
    Senior Director, STEM Center of Excellence
    May 15, 2021 | 03:08 p.m.

    Investing in teachers is crucial and helping them see the leadership potential is a unique twist to providing professional learning opportunities. Do they play a process in peer recruitment upon completion?

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    Ericka Lawton

    Co-Presenter
    Associate Director for Educational Leadership and STEM Initiatives
    May 15, 2021 | 06:16 p.m.

    Thanks for your comment.  We have just entered into Year 2 of our first NSF Noyce grant. It is our hope that our fellows will be able to assist in the recognition of potential science leaders upon the completion of our program.  

     
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