With research backed by the nonprofit group Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), Science Teachers Learning through Lesson Analysis (STeLLA) is a nationally recognized program that explores the role that lesson analysis plays during professional development. The professional development program, which is built around the framework of involving instructional strategies, is organized around two lenses: Student Thinking and Science Content Storyline. Through these lenses, teachers reflect on the scientific and nonscientific ideas that students hold, and examine the coherence of science ideas in lesson plans and instruction. Throughout the professional development sessions, teachers deepen their understanding of the lenses and learn to use the strategies for more effective science teaching, while also challenging their understanding of the science content. This learning is then transferred into the classroom, where teachers use the strategies to reveal student thinking about science concepts and to challenge students to move toward a deeper understanding.
The Shadow a Student Challenge is an engaging, illuminating, and supportive journey where school leaders come together to empathize with their students and take new kinds of action at their school. The challenge is an initiative of IDEO’s SchoolRetool, a professional development fellowship that helps school leaders redesign their school cultures using the small, scrappy experiments called “hacks” introduced in the Shadow a Student Challenge.
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation offers Teaching Fellowships in the areas of biological sciences, mathematics, technology, and physical sciences. The fellowships are designed to lead new high school math and science teachers through the first and second years of their career and provide financial and professional resources for successful STEM teaching.
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