Kerlin Science Institute 2015-2016
Focus on Biology: Ecology
Kerlin is a year-long, credit-bearing professional development program for K-12 teachers aimed at enhancing the content knowledge and inquiry-oriented science teaching strategies of school teachers. This year the content focus will be ecology.
Participation is a full year, 6-credit commitment.
Kerlin Science Institute Fellows will participate in a 6-credit program beginning in July and concluding in June the following year. The year-long experience is outlined below. Click on the tabs to see semester requirements.
- Meet Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00-12:45 for a content-focused course, co-taught by a science educator and a scientist.
- Participate as students and engage in laboratory experiences that allow them to achieve science standards (similar to those from the Next Generation Science Standards).
- Demonstrate their knowledge of science content and science crosscutting concepts through the use of science and/or engineering practices (National Research Council, 2011) through the lens of the scientist's research, and using inquiry-based approaches.
- Engage in the complete learning cycle (the 5E/7E model).
- Document and reflect on how real scientists use questions or problems, as they relate to social issues and how these drive the learning of other content.
- Meet twelve Mondays from 5:00-7:05 PM (6x per semester).
- Participate in an action research project as well as a Lesson Study.
- Reflect on the process they experienced learning Ecology during the Summer and consider implications for their own teaching practice and their students’ learning.
- Use technology to disseminate their ideas and projects.
- Integrate understandings of methods for addressing the needs of diverse learners into their projects.
- Share either their Action Research or their Lesson Study as part of an online resource for each other and teachers outside of the Kerlin Institute.
- Update their work to reflect additional learning and to enhance the quality for outside readers (e.g. add supplemental multimedia material, update readings, clean up formatting, etc.).
- Participate in our program evaluation by providing feedback in the form of a survey about their experiences as a Kerlin Institute Fellows and providing documentation of possible changes in their practice (e.g., before and after lessons, student work from before and after, etc.)