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Teacher Professional Development

Supporting Campus Programs

WISCIENCE staff provide science education expertise to support K-12 teacher professional development courses and programs offered by units across UW-Madison. WISCIENCE staff currently provide instruction and/or other collaboration for the following:

  • Camp Badger for Teachers, a professional development opportunity for teachers in grades 4-9, offered in conjunction with the UW-Madison College of Engineering's Camp Badger Exploring Engineering, a week-long program for middle school youth. Teachers observe students as they discover engineering and learn how to bring engineering into their instruction, as required by the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Advanced Placement Summer Institute, a professional development opportunity designed for high school teachers of AP courses, offered by UW-Madison's School of Education. 

Innovation

WISCIENCE staff regularly design and pilot new programming to support science teachers, always with sustainability in mind. The Adult Role Models in Science program is piloting an initiative called Young Science Scholars, designed to provide intensive support to teachers at elementary schools in the Madison area. School-based learning communities for teachers, which also include UW-Madison scientists and science education experts, have been formed at key schools that have high percentages of minority and low-income students. The groups meet regularly to make sure classroom teachers have what they need to engage children in the processes of science.

Fostering Larger Collaborations, from the Local to the National Level

WISCIENCE has a long-standing partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District, and WISCIENCE staff consult to help UW-Madison scientists connect with schools in ways that are mutually beneficial. They are active across the state to foster collaboration around science teacher professional development, working with partners such as the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers, the Wisconsin Science Education Leadership Association, and UW System schools across the state. They also work nationally to advance issues for science teachers, partnering with the National Alliance for Broader Impacts, WestEd, Marian University School of Education's Institute of Professional Development, and others.