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Kerlin Science Institute 2016-2017


During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Kerlin Science Institute will be engaged in redesign.

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.

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 past 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.)