Pamela Van Scotter

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Pamela Van Scotter
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Across the Sciences: Multidisciplinary Learning for Teachers through Multimedia

Pamela Van Scotter, Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)
This project will conduct a professional development series to improve the content knowledge of science teachers. "Across the Sciences," a ten-unit series requiring approximately 145 hours to complete, will better qualify 9th and 10th grade science teachers to teach multidisciplinary science courses. Teachers prepared in one science discipline will benefit from opportunities to increase and deepen their interdisciplinary science content knowledge and their understanding of student needs associated with learning science.

BSCS Science: An Inquiry Approach -- A Phase II Proposal

Pamela Van Scotter, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, Inc. (BSCS)
This project is developing a three-year science program for grades 9, 10, and 11. This program presents the core concepts in physical science, life science, earth-space science, and inquiry as articulated in the National Science Education Standards. The program also engages students in integration across the disciplines in relevant, social contexts to address other standards, and provides high school students and teachers nationwide with a coherent alternative to the traditional sequence of biology, chemistry, and...

Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT) Designing and Studying a Multidisciplinary, Online Course for High School Teachers

Susan Kowalski, National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN), Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, Inc. (BSCS), Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)
This project will iteratively design, develop, field test, refine, and rigorously study a six-unit, facilitated, online professional development (PD) course focusing on energy-related concepts in the context of alternative energy. The primary audience is high school science teachers teaching out of their field of endorsement and serving students underrepresented in the sciences. The project will investigate whether the PD will precipitate changes in teacher knowledge and practice that result in higher student achievement.

Three-Dimensional Teaching and Learning: Rebuilding and Researching an Online Middle School Curriculum

Susan Kowalski, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, Inc. (BSCS)
This project will develop an online curriculum-based supported by a teacher professional development (PD) program by rebuilding an existing life science unit of Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) Middle School Science. The project is designed to be an exemplar of fully digital Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned resources for teachers and students, creating an NGSS-aligned learning environment combining disciplinary core ideas with science and engineering practices and cross-cutting concepts.