KBS K-12 Partnership: professional development for All Science Teachers:
The KBS K-12 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. The Partnership is a joint effort among KBS scientists, MSU College of Education faculty, and science teachers and administrators in southwest Michigan school districts. Since 1999 the Partnership has been supported by multiple grants and is sustained by the schoolyard LTER (the National Science Foundation’s Long-term Ecological Research Program).
Perks of participation
Teachers from participating districts have the opportunity to participate in 5 professional development days a year (3 summer, 1 fall, 1 spring). Substitute costs are reimbursed for participants attending spring and fall events. Summer attendees receive a daily stipend. All events are held at the Kellogg Biological Station in SW Michigan. Look online for past workshops.
Invite a Scientist to visit your classroom: KBS-based graduate students in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior serve as ‘science education fellows’ with the Partnership and are available to visit classrooms to facilitate or assist with one of the many lesson plans created over the years through the Partnership.
Sometimes the Partnership engages in broader research projects to understand and improve science education. These research projects offer teachers unique opportunities to change education for the future. We are currently participating in two projects: Carbon TIME led by Dr. Andy Anderson and Teaching Science Outdoors (TSO) led by Dr. Tali Tal and MSU’s CREATE for STEM Institute.
Who from your district can participate?
We have space for 75 teachers at each workshop, about 6 teachers from large districts and 1-4 teachers from smaller districts. For elementary teachers, priority will be given to those that have participated in the Teaching Science Outdoors program.
If you are interested in being considered as a partner school/district, please contact Kara Haas to start a conversation.
Upcoming program: Fall workshop, dates TBD
Elementary Teachers: Teaching Science Outdoors program
Teaching Science Outdoors (TSO) brings elementary teachers to the biological station and allows them to practice science in a variety of outdoor habitats. Next Generation Science Standards and technology (ipads, website and google docs) are incorporated throughout the experience. Teachers develop skills to adapt existing science curriculum for the outdoor classroom, conduct active research on their own pedagogy and build a network of resources to refer back to once they return to the classroom.
Research Experiences for Teachers
Research Experiences for Teachers are authentic science experiences for K-12 teachers. Each summer we have different opportunities available.
Questions? Contact Kara Haas, 269-671-2360, Science Education & Outreach Coordinator
Additional Affiliated Programs:
Past Programs & Projects
Teaching Evolution (summer 2015)
Program for preservice teachers, a KBS summer experience, hands on courses and working with a cohort to better understand evolution and how to teach it in the secondary classroom. In partnership with BEACON Center for the study of Evolution in Action and MSU’s Department of Teacher Education. Thank you to Jamie Bowman and Jodie McManus for their mentorship. Congratulations to Diontae Matthews, Kathryn Schwartz and Chris Symons for completing the first summer Undergraduate Research Experience for Teachers!
Many thanks to Louise Mead (BEACON), Tomomi Suwa (KBS) and David Stroupe (MSU College of Teacher Edcation) for their leadership and collaboration.
Teacher REvoluTION (summer 2015)
This KBS project was funded and implemented in partnership with BEACON. Seven Research Experiences for Teachers (RET), five based at KBS and two based on MSU main campus, were brought together as a cohort over the summer of 2015. RETs were each able to create a lesson that was presented during the KBS K-12 Partnership Summer Institute and provide a session at the BEACON Congress about the impact of RET experiences. Participants were
- Lau lab: Shaun Davis (Thornapple Kellogg) and Katie McKinley (Mattawan)
- Litchman lab: Connie High (Delton Kellogg)
- Conner lab: Marcia Angle (Lawton) and Cheryl Hach (Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center)
- Lenski lab: Rick Schultz (St. John’s) and Fred Hingst (DeWitt)
- Gross Lab: Ashley Carroll (Gull Lake) (GLBRC RET)
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/.
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.
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.