8th HEAD Meeting, 8-11 September, 2004
Session 27 Education
Poster, Friday, September 10, 2004, 9:00am-10:00pm

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[27.05] Working with Local School Districts: A Possible Model for ROSS E/PO Programs

J.A. Grier, M.E. Dussault (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), K.L. Spaulding (Cambridge Public School District), E. Reinfeld, S.J. Steel, R.R. Gould (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

We designed and implemented an effective professional development experience for the science teachers of the Cambridge Public School system. The experience included curriculum consultations, a series of workshops, night observing sessions, presentations by content experts, demonstrations and modeling, as well as activities directly applicable to the teachers’ classrooms. Feedback and evaluation data from teachers and professional development coordinators in the system indicated a very positive response, and direct application of material learned in the workshops to the classroom setting. Several key strategies combined to make this effort successful, cost effective and high leverage. These strategies can be exported in whole or in part to other prospective E/PO programs to increase their potential level of success. The scope of the program was well suited to a ROSS E/PO level effort.

This work was funded under the NASA Office of Space Science Education and Outreach Program.

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