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KBS K-12 Partnership Summer Institute

Wednesday, August 5- Friday, August 7, 2015

DRAFT Agenda

Register here! Please register by Monday, July 27.  Extended to Friday, July 31.  Space is limited.

Questions? Contact Kara Haas, karahaas at msu.edu, 269-671-2360, Science Education & Outreach Coordinator, KBS

Program Overview

The KBS K-12 Partnership is a joint effort among KBS scientists, MSU College of Education faculty, and science teachers and administrators in 12 rural school districts in southwest Michigan. Since 1999 the partnership has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, including awards from the Long-Term Ecological Research Program (DEB), the Teacher Retention and Renewal Program (EHR), awards from the NSF GK-12 Program (EHR), and the NSF Math and Science Partnership. The partnership provides teachers in-depth exposure to research topics in environmental science and training to teach inquiry-based science at the elementary and secondary levels.

Major elements of the KBS K-12 Partnership program are:

  • Professional development opportunities for teachers and graduate student fellows that focus on providing inquiry-based approaches to learning about and effectively teaching science in the K-12 classroom.
  • Providing opportunities for K-12 teachers in other programs at KBS and MSU; including serving as mentor teachers for undergraduates studying to be teachers and Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) positions in faculty labs.
  • Creating new opportunities for K-12 teachers and MSU faculty and students to work together to deepen and improve the way science is taught and communicated in our community.

Partnership Coordinator

Kara Haas

Science Education & Outreach Coordinator

Kellogg Biological Station

karahaas (at) msu.edu

(269) 671-2360


Partnership Steering Committee

Kara Haas (chair)

Andy Anderson (Education Lead)

Kay Gross (Science Lead)

Sarah Bodbyl (Carbon TIME and GK-12 Liaison)

Fellows: Jake Nalley and Tyler Bassett

Partner Teachers: TBN (1 year appointment)

Click here for contact info for Steering Committee and a full list of Partnership Collaborators.

Current Programs & Projects: (brief descriptions and links to websites will be added)

schoolyardLTER or sLTER:


Carbon TIME


Teaching Science Outdoors


Teaching Evolution

Past Programs & Projects:

GK-12 Bioenergy Sustainability Project: This KBS project, part of a national network of GK-12 sites funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), ran from 2010 - 2015. The primary goal was to provide science graduate students with skills broadly preparing them for their professional and scientific careers, through interactions with teachers and students in area K-12 schools. Graduate student fellows honed their science communication, teaching, and outreach in local classrooms though partnerships with teachers of the KBS K-12 partnership. For a project overview and to access all products, including over 120 classroom-ready lesson plans, please visit the KBS GK-12 website at http://kbsgk12project.kbs.msu.edu/.

Please contact program director Tom Getty (getty@msu.edu) or program manager Sarah Bodbyl (bodbyl@msu.edu) for more information on the new KBS GK-12 Bioenergy Sustainability Project.

NSF Math Science Partnership: This program is part of the larger Environmental Literacy Project at MSU. The goal of our project is to develop learning progressions leading toward environmental science literacy—the capacity to understand and participate in evidence-based discussions of socio-ecological systems and to make informed decisions about appropriate actions and policies—for students from upper elementary school through college.

Ecological Literacy in the K-12 Classrooms of Rural Michigan. This project ran from 2006-2009. This GK-12 Program teamed KBS graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in ecology with K-12 science teachers in rural districts near KBS. The program aimed to enrich K-12 science instruction by promoting inquiry-based science teaching in participating school districts. At the same time, the program aimed to provide graduate students the opportunity to improve their teaching and science communication skills.