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Allegheny College, PA 
College web site: http://www.alleg.edu/

K-12 Partners:
Sugar Grove Elementary School, Sugar Grove, PA
General McLane High School, Edinboro, PA
Cambridge Springs Junior-Senior High School, Cambridge Springs, PA
Conneaut Valley High School, Conneautville, PA
Maplewood Junior-Senior High School, Guys Mills, PA
Fort LeBoeuf High School, Waterford, PA

Disciplines: environmental science, watershed studies, general and advanced biology, learning support life science

Program Summary:
Prepared by M. Patricia MorseICO TSP Project Director

Allegheny College built their TSP program through an ongoing program for high school teachers called "Creek Connections." The Project Director, a scientist (biologist) formed a team with several of the high school teachers that were participants in the summer teacher enhancement institutes. Allegheny College no longer offers certification for K-12 education and does not have an education faculty.

The strength of the association with the Creek Connections Project was seen in the enthusiasm shown by teachers and the college faculty involved for being able to carry summer institute activities into the high school classrooms due to the addition of the Teacher Scholars (TS). All of the undergraduates are science majors and the science input is very strong in this program; it would be helpful to have a college education person involved. A productive association that has great potential developed between Allegheny and St. Lawrence University that may well develop into shared expertise for a continued program between the two colleges, thus providing the Creek Connections science expertise to the St. Lawrence group, and education expertise to the Allegheny faculty. This was an unanticipated positive outcome of the TSP national meetings.

Augsburg College, MN 
College web site: www.augsburg.edu/
Program web site: http://www.augsburg.edu/nasa_space_grant/TSP2.html

K-12 Partners:
Cedar Riverside Community College, Minneapolis, MN
Richard R. Green, Central K-8 School, Minneapolis, MN

Disciplines: earth science, biological science, physical science, and math

Program Summary:
Prepared by M. Patricia MorseICO TSP Project Director

Augsburg College has met their individual established goals that coordinate well with the overall programmatic goals. Of particular note is that the Augsburg Teaching Scholars, working with college mentors and classroom teachers planned and taught from existing NSF sponsored programs, including "Connected Mathematics Program," "FOSS," and "STC/NRC" units.

This group has working partnerships with Cedar Riverside Community School, and Green Central Science, Math and Technology Magnet. Their established level of communication with bi-weekly email and telephone conversations with the scholars and mentors has been central to their success. The college mentors meet weekly with Teaching Scholars and visit the 6-8th grade classrooms to observe and provide critical feedback six times over the year. Challenges mentioned are matching the schedules of the scholars with their K-12 classroom schedules 

Calvin College, MI 
College web site: http://www.calvin.edu/

K-12 Partners: Evergreen Christian School, MI

Disciplines: science

Program summary:
Prepared by M. Patricia MorseICO TSP Project Director

The Science Education Group at Calvin College is committed to fostering excellent science teaching in elementary schools. The college is currently working with partner school Evergreen Christian School to develop and teach inquiry-based science lessons as part of the Teacher Scholar Program. Evergreen Christian School is in its first year of operation as a year-round school, and it has placed an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. The TSP scholars, under the direction of the science education faculty at Calvin College, are involved in helping to develop an inquiry-based science curriculum for Evergreen and teaching science lessons.

Each Teaching Scholar from Calvin has elected to pursue a minor in science and has also indicated a strong desire to teach in elementary school. The scholars meet once per week with science education faculty at Calvin to discuss issues and research relevant to science teaching. Group meetings with the Evergreen staff, Calvin students, and Calvin faculty also occur as the groups explore new understanding and better methods in teaching inquiry-based science. The scholars and the staff are extremely pleased and excited about this program. They feel it has made a definite impact in the school and in the development of the scholars as master science teachers.

Illinois Wesleyan University, IL 
College web site: www.iwu.edu/

K-12 Partners:
Normal Community High School, Normal, IL
Normal Community West High School, Normal, IL

Disciplines: biology, mathematics

Program summary:
Prepared by M. Patricia MorseICO TSP Project Director

The Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) program is in biology and mathematics in grades 9 and 10, and is coordinated by a Mathematics educator. He will be leaving IWU this coming year although he will continue as a consulting project director with overall responsibility for the program and its evaluation, commuting monthly to the TSP seminars at IWU. Two of the Teaching Scholars will play a role to help coordinate the activities in this year’s activities.

An area of success highlighted was the better performance of science and mathematics students who enrolled in a spring course in education (science curriculum and pedagogy) and exhibited stronger college classroom performance due to their K-12 classroom experience. Another area to be highlighted this year was the greater understanding by Teaching Scholars in particular, and by everyone in general of the potential for merging interests in both teaching and research via inquiry methods in the high school classes.

Kalamazoo College, MI 
College web site: www.kzoo.edu/
Program web site: http://www.kzoo.edu/educ/tspatwstar/

K-12 Partners:
Woodward School for Technology and Research, Kalamazoo, MI

Disciplines: science emphasis including biology, physics and chemistry

Program summary:
Prepared by M. Patricia MorseICO TSP Project Director

Kalamazoo College has an ongoing relationship with a low-income urban school, the Woodward School for Technology and Research (WSTAR). The TSP at WSTAR program has met with limited success. Our goal is to have the TSP program get science students excited about teaching P-12. The pool of science students from which we draw Teacher Scholars has presented the TSP at WSTAR program with unique challenges. Kalamazoo College has a very strong science program and about half of the students who come to this institution will major in the sciences and go onto industry or graduate study. The students selected for the program all have extremely strong science backgrounds that are not shared by most elementary teachers. The challenge is to develop effective ways for scholars and teachers to work well in collaboration. Last year the two most successful Teacher Scholars were placed with the science facilitator for the entire building and worked with classrooms under her direct supervision. These Teacher Scholars were able to complete each of the following:

  1. Showcase the inquiry-based teaching and learning at WSTAR 
  2. Utilize digital video 
  3. Start Web Development 
  4. Encourage mentor teacher(s) to use technology

With a model in place for using the science facilitator as the gateway for Teacher Scholar participation, it is expected that the goals of the program will be met. The additional goals for this year are to:

  1. Document relationships between Teaching Scholars, elementary students, and mentor teacher(s) through the use of an electronic journal 
  2. Encourage community/parent involvement through publication 
  3. Complete Web Development

Partnership formation is being carefully addressed. Goals for the program will be monitored so that the keeping of journals, the clear expectations for the scholars and for the teachers and for the faculty at Kalamazoo is understood from the outset. Interviews with all participants will take place three times this year to increase communication and look forward to this year’s outcomes.

Macalester College, MN 
College web site: 
www.macalester.edu/

K-12 Partners:
Como Park Senior High, St. Paul, MN
Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul, MN
Highland Park Senior High, St. Paul, MN
Open School, St. Paul, MN

Disciplines: math, biology, chemistry, geology and computer science

Program summary:
Prepared by M. Patricia MorseICO TSP Project Director

Macalester College bases their activities with the AAAS Project 2061. Using this experience, the group places selected scholars into classrooms. Building on last year’s results, more attention is being given to the expectations on the part of all of the partners. The group has carefully assessed the challenges of the first year and they are planning to develop better partnerships and involve classroom teachers in the orientation. An increased attention to orientation of the scholars and addressing time problems of schedules for the Scholars will characterize the program. Last year’s students who did participate had a wonderful experience, and the teachers expressed delight in having the Teaching Scholars present.

St. Lawrence University, NY 
College web site: www.stlawu.edu/
Program web site: http://it.stlawu.edu/~TSPP/TSPP.html

K-12 Partners:
Hugh C. Williams Senior High School (Canton Central School District), Canton, NY
Heuvelton Central School (Heuvelton Central School District), Heuvelton, NY
Lisbon Central School (Lisbon Central School District), Lisbon, NY
Potsdam Senior High School (Potsdam Central School District), Potsdam, NY

Disciplines: environmental/life science, biology, mathematics and chemistry

Program summary:
Prepared by M. Patricia MorseICO TSP Project Director

St. Lawrence University has an excellent program of expectations for the scholars, mentors and teachers. The program utilizes pre- and post-tests to document attitude changes and will augment that with pre and post interviews this year. Everyone seems to have gained from the experience. The group tends to use standards-based instructional materials in the classrooms modeled after cooperating teacher mentor's lessons, labs that Teaching Scholars experienced at the college level and GEMS curricula (Great Explorations in Math and Science). Weekly and monthly communications, achieved via email, Blackboard and face-to-face dinner meetings, help to create a rich environment among the partners. The leadership provides external speakers for one dinner meeting per semester to discuss a current reform issue in math or science education.

St. Lawrence will continue to get the word out about their program and continue the evaluation program that includes interviews with the scholars and cooperating teacher mentors and collections of their work. St. Lawrence University TSP also partners with their area teacher center and NYS BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) to bring in additional funds for dinner speakers. One of the interesting outcomes of this project is the joining of an adjunct science professor who is to follow up on the Creek Connections link at Allegheny College to co-develop a service learning course version of the TSP program and pilot it this spring as one more step towards institutionalizing the program at St. Lawrence University.

Wheaton College, MA 
College web site: 
www.wheatonma.edu/

K-12 Partners:
Studley Elementary School, Attleboro, MA
Norton Middle School, Norton, MA

Disciplines: science, mathematics

Program summary:
Prepared by M. Patricia MorseICO TSP Project Director

The Wheaton College TSP program is built on an active, ongoing partnership with two schools, Norton Middle School, Norton, MA and Studley Elementary School, Attleboro, MA. The results last year were very dramatic, demonstrating outcomes that engaged imaginative and skillful teachers in developing math and science activities with the scholars and college faculty. This will continue. In collaboration with the Wheaton faculty, the scholars provide science or math expertise and "human" power. One project to be continued involves the development of an interpretive nature trail for an elementary school and another project focuses on a model for teaching astronomy in the middle school. For the nature trail activities, several scholars’ research, develop, and implement three standards-based "bins" for elementary students to use as they explore the trail. These scholars are set to develop six more beyond last year’s activities. One teacher, with her scholars, conducted a professional development workshop recently in her school. Another scholar worked with her Wheaton faculty mentor and K-12 teacher developing a portable planetarium for classroom use in association with an astronomy project. These and other TSP activities appear to have a large lifetime beyond the program. The leadership will continue to make sure that the expectations of all the groups are clear, that the orientation is appropriate, that monthly seminar/ dinner meetings are in place, that the TSP project receives a Community Service Learning grant from Wheaton College, that TSP portfolios are thoughtfully developed and that a sense of celebration of the outcomes are part of the activity. This is built on the successful TSP program of last year, and we look forward to this year’s outcomes.

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