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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, science teachers and administrators in southwest Michigan school districts. Since 1999 the Partnership has been supported by multiple grants and is sustained by the KBS Long-term Ecological Research Program (the National Science Foundation’s Long-term Ecological Research Program). New teachers are always welcome to join and should complete the contact form below to be added to the K-12 Partnership mailing list.
Perks of participation
- Participate in up to 6 professional development days a year (3 summer, 2 fall, 1 spring).
- Compensation: Substitute costs are reimbursed for spring and fall participation. Summer attendees receive a daily stipend.
- Build your network: connect with teachers across Michigan and MSU scientists
- Ask for help! The Science Education and Outreach Fellows are available for classroom visits, to help with a lesson plan, field trip, or share about their science and career path. Use the form below to request.
- Opportunity to engage in broader research projects to understand and improve science education. Current projects: Carbon TIME led by Dr. Andy Anderson and Teaching Science Outdoors(TSO) led by Dr. Gail Richmond, Dr. Tali Tal and MSU’s CREATE for STEM Institute.
- Access to resources: online lesson plans and able to borrow kits and supplies.
Who can participate?
Practicing teachers of K-12 students, including formal and informal educators. Elementary, middle and high school teachers are all welcome. Elementary teachers are also invited to participate in the Teaching Science Outdoors program which is specifically for K-5 teachers. New teachers are always welcome to join and should complete the contact form below to be added to the K-12 Partnership mailing list.
Research Experiences for Teachers
Research Experiences for Teachers are authentic science experiences for K-12 teachers. Each summer we have different opportunities available. For details on the National Teacher Revolution project click here.
Questions? Contact Kara Haas, 269-671-2360, Science Education & Outreach Coordinator
Additional Affiliated Programs:
Project Leaders and Contacts
The K-12 Partnership has included schools from many districts in Southwest Michigan, over 300 teachers, administrators, advanced graduate students pursuing degrees at KBS, and MSU science faculty from KBS and science-teaching faculty from the College of Education have participated.
Kara Haas, Science Education & Outreach Coordinator
Ava Garrison, 2019-2020
Sean Griffin, 2018-2019
Meredith Zettlemoyer, 2018-19
Lana Bolin, summer 2019
Heather Kittredge, 2016-18
Susan Magnoli, 2017-18
Dustin Kincaid, 2016-17
Tyler Bassett, 2016-17
Sara Garnett, 2016-17
K-12 Partnership Steering Committee members (2015-16): Kara Haas, Kay Gross, Andy Anderson, Sarah Bodbyl Roels, Jake Nalley, Tyler Bassett, Kim Sandefur (Comstock), Beck Drayton (Gobles), Marty Buehler (Hastings), Jody Lugar-McManus (Parchment)
- GK-12 Co-Director (Co-PI) and Professor
- Department of Teacher Education
- Post-doctoral Researcher, Project Manager (Co-PI) for KBS GK-12 Project, and network coordinator for CarbonTIME
- Kellogg Biological Station and Teacher Education
- GK-12 Co-Director (Co-PI) and Professor
- Kellogg Biological Station and Department of Integrated Biology
- Steering Committee Science Lead
- Kellogg Biological Station Director
- Long Term Ecological Research Project Director
- Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
- Kellogg Biological Station
Past Grants & 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. Contact Andy Anderson for more information.
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. Contact Andy Anderson for more information.