KBS K-12 Partnership Summer Institute
Wednesday, August 5- Friday, August 7, 2015
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
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:
Science Education & Outreach Coordinator
Kellogg Biological Station
karahaas (at) msu.edu
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)
Current Programs & Projects: (brief descriptions and links to websites will be added)
schoolyardLTER or sLTER:
Teaching Science Outdoors
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/.
NSF Math Science Partnership: This program is part of the larger Environmental Literacy Project at MSU, it is also known as the Pathways Project. 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.
Math Science Partnership Fellow Tool Kit
Purchase supplies using your budget
- Tax Exempt Form (PDF)
Apply for grants
- List of grants (Word)
Submit photos for use on the website or in publications
- KBS Release Form (PDF)
K-12 Partnership Newsletters
**newsletters can now be found HERE:
Vicksburg got funding for Environment club's recycling program. Read about it here!
Plainwell Science Night Featured in the Kalamazoo Gazette
3/08. Lawton Community Schools Newsletter. Read about the work of GK-12 Fellow Lauren Kinsman and her partner teachers Sue Zygadlo and Marcia Angle
Barr, K. 10/29/07. Lawton Students Study, Learn, Experiment with MSU Scientist. Kalamazoo Hometown Gazette, Lawton, MI.
Knaublach, J. A. 4/2/07. ESPP Student Educates the Next Generation on Climate Change. Environmental Science and Policy Program Newsletter, Michigan State University.
Kroll, J. 9/6/07. Program Doubles Education: MSU Graduate Students Instruct Alongside School District Science Teachers to Enhance Learning. The State News, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
GK-12 at W.K. Kellogg Biological Station: Partnerships Promoting Ecological Literacy in K-12 Classrooms of Rural Michigan. NSF GK-12 National Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 2008
Wilke, B. J. and S. D. P. Smith. 2008. Ecological Literacy in the K12 Classrooms of Rural Michigan. Ecological Society of America Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, August 2008
Hartley, L. M., C. W. Anderson, B. Wilke. 2008. Why do students have so much trouble tracing matter through ecological processes and systems? Ecological Society of America Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, August 2008
Wilke, B. J., C. W. Anderson, L. M. Hartley. The missing link between structure and function in biodiversity education, Ecological Society of America Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, August 2008
Zesaguli, J., Tsurusaki, B. K., Wilke, B., Tan, E., Hartley, L., & Anderson, C. W. 2008. The Development of an Environmental Literacy Learning Progression: Biological Diversity in Environmental Systems. National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 2008
Hartley, L. Grant sources for K-12 Science. Frontiers in Science Workshop, Michigan State University, March 2008
Hartley, L., S. Zygadlo, S. Starrs, B. Stauffer, J. Moore, K. Melville-Smith. 2008. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History: Behind the Scenes Tour and Presentation about Partnership with GK-12 for Curriculum Evaluation and Dissemination. GK-12 National Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 2008
Wilke, B.J. and Kinsman, L.S. 2008. Cross District Scientific Collaboration: A Story of Two 4th Grade Classrooms. Michigan Science Teacher Association Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, March 2008
Wilke, B.J. 2007. Martin Public Schools: Schoolyard Habitat for Ecological Literacy. Backyard Habitat Series: Van Buren and Allegan County Conservation Districts, South Haven, MI, October 2007
Wilke, B.J., C.D. Wilson & C.W. Anderson. 2007. Diagnostic Testing of Science Concepts K-16. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA, August 2007
Wonderly, C, B.J. Wilke and R. Robrahn. 2007. Inquiry in the Schoolyard: Activities that Connect Multiple Grade Levels. Michigan Science Teacher Association Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, May 2007