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Questions? Contact Kara Haas, email@example.com, 269-671-2360, Science Education & Outreach Coordinator
Each year we host fall and spring workshops and a three day summer institute.
Check out the Participants page for information on how and why you want to be a Partner of the KBS K-12 Partnership.
The KBS K-12 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 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.
If you are interested in being considered as a partner school/district, please contact Kara Haas, firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation.
Current Programs & Projects:
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/.
Please contact program director Tom Getty (email@example.com) or program manager Sarah Bodbyl (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on the new KBS GK-12 Bioenergy Sustainability Project.
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.