During graduate school I was able to work in 12+ rural Michigan school districts and learn from seasoned partner teachers through the Kellogg Biological Station’s K-12 Partnership. I co-founded Data Nuggets - short classroom activities designed to bring authentic data and cutting-edge scientific research into K-16 classrooms. My experience in both ecological research and science education inform the way I think about innovations for K-12 education as I am constantly incorporating both worlds while engaged with data-intensive curriculum development, teacher PD, and outreach efforts.
Data Nuggets (http://datanuggets.org) are classroom activities, co-designed by scientists and teachers, which give students practice interpreting quantitative information and making claims based on evidence. The goal of this research is to investigate whether the integration of real data from cutting-edge scientific research in grade 6-10 classrooms will increase students’ quantitative reasoning ability in the context of science.