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[Book Review] Where the Rubber Meets the Road

I’m reading a book by Richard N. Steinberg entitled An Inquiry Into Science Education, Where the Rubber Meets the Road.

Professor Steinberg took a sabbatical (2007-2008) from the City College of New York to teach high school physics in Harlem.  This book is a reflection on his experiences.

His themes are predictable if you’ve been following current topics in education.

  • teacher preparation
  • student apathy
  • classroom management
  • abysmal math fluency
  • standardized testing
  • teaching is a lot of work!

His more hopeful and helpful themes are around how he has stood for true inquiry in his science classrooms, and some lessons that he taught.  That plus some other references he cites as resources are worth the price of the book.

Steinberg spoke at a conference in Washington DC in May for the Robert Noyce Scholarship folks at PhysTEC, since he is also involved at that program at CCNY.  He doesn’t talk about PhysTEC in his book, but I suppose it would be out of context somewhat.

Achieve.org and Common Core Standards for Mathematics

A great overview here.  (Taken from a meeting of PhysTEC/Noyce)

Plenary Panel B — Kaye Forgione, Jean Slattery
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics:  An Overview of the Standards, How They Were Developed, and Their Potential Impacts on Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Professional Development

July 2010 NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference in Washington, DC

Here’s a link to the presentations made at the conference.  Below is a mash-up of presentations that I took a look at.

Presentations made at the July 2010 NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference in Washington, DC, are listed below, by session number. Links are provided for presentations that are downloadable.

Sessions / Presentations

July 7, New Awardees Session

New Awardees Session – NSF Staff
NSF Staff Presentation


July 8, Morning Sessions

1.1.A — Patricia Friedrichsen, Marilyn Soucie, Heather Worsham
From Billboards to Facebook: Recruitment Strategies for Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs

University of Missouri has a program (SMAR2T) targeting Career Changers (like me) and others. (Click slide below to see whole presentation.)


1.1.B — Monica Plisch
Know Your Audience: Marketing Strategies to Recruit Teachers

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1.2 — David Andrews, Lienne Medford, et al.
Noyce Regional Conferences: 2009-2010 Regional Conference Reports

Evidently there was a Western Regional Noyce Conference (WRNC) this past April 9-11, 2010 in Fresno.  Here’s what attendees most appreciated from the conference.  (Click slide below to see whole presentation.)


1.3.A — Jacqueline T. McDonnough
Using a Residency Model to Prepare Teachers for High Need Schools
(no presentation on the web)

1.3.B — Rabia Shahbaz, Ariel McIntyre, Angelle Whittington
The Power of an Online Learning Community:  By and For Noyce Scholars

Folks at Georgia State University have started an online professional learning community (PLC) for Noyce Scholars.  Group has online meetings (nice idea!) and utilizes resources such as Second Life, Google Group and Wikispace to share ideas and best practices.  (Click slide below to see whole presentation.)


1.4.A — Davida Fischman
Good Resources for Math Teaching
(no presentation on the web)

1.4.B — Elsa Medina (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo)
Learning Mathematics in a Second Language

It looks like Elsa used a mathematics lesson in Spanish (to a predominantly non-Spanish-speaking audience) to illustrate her talk.  Interesting idea!

1.5.A — Julie Luft
Building Induction Programs for Content  Specialists: Research on Beginning Teachers
(no presentation on the web)

1.5.B — Gail Richmond, Angela Calabrese-Barton, Amal Ibourk
Using a Wiki to Support Noyce Scholar Development and to Serve as a Research and Evaluation Tool

The folks at Michigan State University are using a Wiki to support their Noyce Scholars.


1.6 — Eileen McIlvain, Laura Moen
Making the Most of Digital Learning Resources for STEM with the National Science Digital Library (NSDL)

Hooray for online resources for teachers!


1.7.A — Margarita Cummings
Understanding the Varied Perspectives of Stakeholders in a Collaborative Partnership for Mathematics Teacher Preparation


1.7.B — Barbara Edwards
Math for America San Diego: A Multi-Institutional Regional Approach to Improving Mathematics Education


1.8.A — Victor Donnay
Building on a Baseline Survey to Strengthen Program Design

1.8.B — Lisa M. Gonsalves, Tricia Kress
Navigating the Socio-Cultural Web: Introducing a Theoretical Model for Evaluating Teacher Preparation Residency Programs


1.9 — Michael S. Calzi, Joseph A. Henderson, Christopher Young
New Eyes:  Developing and Sustaining Reform-Minded Community through Innovative Use of Whatcha Already Got


1.10 — Suzanne Thurston, Tim Gerber
Partnerships and Resources for Secondary Pre-Service Teacher Preparation


1.11 — Michelle Stachurski
Essential Components of Student-Centered Physics Curricula

1.12 — Anna Heyer, Rachel Zenuk
BioME:  Making DNA Relevant and Exciting in the High School Classroom


July 8, Afternoon Sessions

2.1.A — Paul Bischoff
Recruiting Incoming Freshman Science Majors as Potential Noyce Scholars

2.1.B — Robert Ferdinand
Recruitment of Robert Noyce Teacher Scholar Cohorts at East Central University, Ada, OK

2.2.A — Jaime Arvizu
The MERLOT Content Builder: Managing Teaching and Learning Resources with a Powerful Online Tool

2.2.B — Edward Rock
The NSTA Learning Center: Online Content Building Resources for Teachers of Science

Pretty cool, you should check it out http://learningcenter.nsta.org

2.3.A — Pamela Fraser-Abder
Secondary School Teachers Think They Know Good Teaching:  Do Their Students Agree?

2.3.B — Sheila R. Vaidya
Teachers Who Meet the Challenges of Teaching in High Need Schools


2.4 — Adrienne G. Spina
Instructional Strategies Using Posters in Mathematics

2.5 — John Keller
Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) Program: Developing “Teacher-Researchers” Through Paid Summer Research Experiences at National Laboratories

2.6 — Ted Fowler
Improving Science Instruction Using the AAAS Atlas of Science Literacy and the National Science Digital Library

2.7 — Carol Cronk
Productive Classroom Culture

2.8.A — Christopher Halter
Purposeful School Partnerships Within an Innovative Credential Program


2.8.B — Tammy J. Ladwig
Alternative Math and Science Teacher Licensure Parnership: The University of Wisconsin’s collective experiences from a Noyce Co-PI, Noyce Student Scholars and program assistant, what we now know about the process and the different stages we have worked through

Check out the average age for Noyce recipients in Wisconsin.


2.9.A — Eric Brewe
GEMS: Changing the Educational Paradigm at a Hispanic-Serving Institution in South Florida

2.9.B — Valerie K. Otero
The Colorado Learning Assistant Model and Its role in a Synergistic Program for Institutional Change

2.10 — Angela Webb
Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn: Negotiating the Labyrinth of Secondary Science Teaching

2.11 — Christine D. Thomas, Fred Dillon
Teaching Strategies for a Reasoning and Sense Making Approach to Student  Learning in High School Mathematics Classrooms


2.12 — Daree Yancey
GK-12 Fellow / Teacher Applied Mathematics

2.13 — Monica Plisch
National Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics


July 9, Morning Sessions

3.1.A — Laveria Hutchison
Recruiting and Selecting High Caliber Mathematics and Science Students:  Successes, Formative Changes and Lessons Learned

3.1.B — Greg Rushton
Harvesting the ‘Not-So-Low Hanging Fruit’ into the Noyce Program: Strategies and Opportunities

Check out the billboard that Kennesaw State University (GA) also did!


3.2.A — Pamela E. Harrell,  Colleen M. Eddy (University of North Texas)
Using Learning Progressions to Sequence and Assess Learning


3.2.B — Enrique Ortiz
Using a Teaching Goals Inventory to Analyze Noyce Scholars’ Development of Teaching and Assessment Practices


3.3 — Patricia Trina Crowley (sent e-mail requesting presentation 12/4/2010)
Noyce Scholars: Perceptions of Teaching as a Profession

3.4 — Louis Nadelson
Preparing STEM Education Majors to Teach Using Inquiry-Based Instruction

3.5 — Laura Henriques
Real and Virtual Physics Activities for the Secondary Classroom

3.6 — T. Lord
Using Scientific Teaching with General Biology Students: Designing Lessons with the 5E Planning Format of Instruction

3.7.A — Linda Cooper Foreman
The Mathematics Studio Program:  A Promising Context for Transforming Mathematics Learning, Teaching, Coaching, and Leadership

3.7.B — Karen Symms Gallagher
NSF Robert Noyce Math for America Los Angeles Project

3.8.A — Christine Drew
Using Public Representations of Students’ Thinking to Drive Evidence-Based Reasoning

3.8.B — Gaoyin Qian (Lehman College)
Scientists in Action: Learning and Teaching Mathematics and Science by Using Community Resources


3.9 — Steven Fletcher
You Just Don’t understand: Discourse and Communication in a Fledgling Noyce Partnership

3.10 — Jana Bouwma-Gearhart
Engaging Aspiring Educators in Inquiry and Related Curriculum Development Through an Interdisciplinary Field Course

3.11 — Suzanne E. Eckes (Indiana University)
Emerging Legal Issues in Education


3.12 — John Soule
Building Engineers for the Future: Changing Perceptions of Math and Science in Rural Washington

3.13 — Melanie Smith
Ping-Pong Balls and Lipstick: Teaching Problem Solving Using Complex Estimation

July 9, Keynote & Mini Plenary Sessions

Keynote — Bruce Alberts
Perspectives on K-12 Science Education


Plenary Panel A — Thomas Keller
Developing a Conceptural Framework for New Science Education Standards


Plenary Panel B — Kaye Forgione, Jean Slattery
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics:  An Overview of the Standards, How They Were Developed, and Their Potential Impacts on Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Professional Development


Plenary Panel C — Frances Lawrenz, Ellen Bobronnikov
Overview of Noyce Program Evaluation


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