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Quality Science Teacher Professional Development and Student Achievement. 2007 AGU Fall Meeting December 11, 2007. Jay Dubner Columbia University Summer Research Program for Science Teachers. Practice What You Teach.
2007 AGU Fall Meeting
December 11, 2007
Summer Research Program for Science Teachers
Columbia’s Summer Research Program for Science Teachers was established in 1990 to contribute to the improvement of science achievement of students by providing New York metropolitan area middle and high school teachers with experiences in the practice of science. Teachers become members of research teams for 2 consecutive summers.
1Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, National Academy of Sciences Press, 2006.
2Highlights from Trends in International Math & Science Study, National Center for Education Statistics.
3Ohme, P. & Rayford, J., Innovative Program Allows Georgia Teachers to Bring Real-World Work Experiences into the Classroom, The Journal, October 2001
- Founded in 1990 by Samuel C. Silverstein, M.D.
-Program participation open to New York metropolitan area public, private & parochial science teachers
- Recruitment through poster mailings, science education publications (e.g.; NSTA Reports!) and word of mouth
-Program receives 5 to 7 applications for each available Fellowship (90 applications received in 2007)
-4 Review Committees composed of Columbia faculty (who have mentored teachers), staff and program alumni
- ~30 applicants are invited for an interview
- 12 new participants are accepted each summer, joined by 12 returning participants from previous summer (peer coaches)
Data for 32 Study teachers and 32 Control teachers participating in NSF-sponsored Multi-site Study
1998 – 2002
Self-reported Changes in Attitudes and Classroom Practices of Study and Control Teachers
(Academic Year Following Program Participation)
Study conducted with IISME program participants1
1Weisbaum, K. and Huang, D., IISME Teacher Retention and Program Impact Evaluation 1985-2000. Cupertino, CA: Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education, 2001
- Study Group -- Students in science classes of Program teachers
- Control Group -- Students in science classes of non-participating teachers from the same schools
NYC Average Pass Rate = 55%
32 Complete Data Sets
1 New York State Education Department, New York State Total Public Report Card, 2005
2 The New York Sun, New York Outpacing Other States in School Spending, April 4, 2006
1 Cantu, R., Texas Labor Market Review, Labor Market Information Department, Texas Workforce Commission, December 2003