Project BEST: Better Education for Science Teachers

This project studies the influence of a professional development program on teachers' PCK and the related impact of PCK on student learning .The proposal team will design and deliver a professional development program for science teachers that is based on the use of curriculum materials, professional development, integrates efforts to improve secondary science teachers' content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skill, and helps them to apply this knowledge to the context of their own classroom.

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Sun, 05/01/2005 to Sat, 04/30/2011
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Universal Design of Inquiry-based Middle and High School Science Curricula (Collaborative Research: Rose)

CAST, the University of Michigan, and EDC are collaborating to create heuristics for universally designed middle and high school science materials; to build an open-source UDL Inquiry Science System (ISS) that enables science curricula to be transformed into digitally supported versions that incorporate UDL features, to use the ISS to produce four UDL exemplars from tested instructional materials, and to evaluate the benefits of these exemplars for grades-5–12 students with and without learning disabilities.

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Sat, 09/15/2007 to Tue, 08/31/2010
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Dan Zalles, SRI


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