In This Issue
Theme: Partnerships in Science Education
From the Editor: Michele K. Lombard
Abstract: Nature is the backdrop for learning for children at DJ Montague Elementary School in Williamsburg/James City County Schools. For the past three years a collaborative effort between the first grade, 4 -H, and Master Gardeners from Virginia Cooperative Extension has increased the children’s immersion in nature while also creating a solid foundation for scientific inquiry.
Abstract: This paper centers on efforts by the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS), in conjunction with State and local educational organizations, to make mentors readily available to K-12 science teachers. The paper is intended to serve both as an announcement to K-12 science educators of new partnering efforts by the ACS, and to rally scientists for a grassroots effort focused on youth.
Abstract: Parents at Wolftrap Elementary School in Vienna, Virginia, volunteer to bring an innovative environmental education program into classrooms. What grows out of the HOWL (Helping Our World by Learning) program is a coordinated indoor and outdoor environmental education program that ensures no child is left inside.
Abstract: As states re-evaluate long lists of standards dominated by discussions about content depth versus breadth, teachers continue to struggle to creatively integrate standards into their curricula and to build a student-centered classroom. Informal learning environments provide opportunities for teachers to take student learning outside of the classroom, actively engaging students to independently seek knowledge. One local opportunity for Virginia teachers sits in the heart of Washington, DC. The Marian Koshland Science Museum has developed inquiry -based field trips that engage students through critical thinking for teachers to build into their curricula.
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