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 Future Ready Librarians initiative is intended to raise awareness among district and school leaders about the valuable role librarians can play in supporting the Future Ready goals of their school and district.
Expand your skills in instructional design and learn to evaluate the impact of technology on learning. The educational technology programs offered online through Penn StateWorld Campus, in collaboration with the College of Education, can help you incorporate the use of technology and the internet to more effectively engage learners and improve the quality of their learning experiences. Courses are taught by the same faculty who teach in residence. The Education programs have been consistently ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. Choose from the following programs:
Masterof Education in Learning, Design, and Technology. Graduate Certificates in e-Learning Design; Educational Technology Integration; Teaching and Learning Online in K–12 Settings.
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) encourages high school physics teachers to experiment and improve on their teaching practices in the belief that as teaching practices improve, physics enrollment and excitement among students will increase.