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B Biology R Realignment A and C Curriculum E Enhancement. Fayette County Public Schools Toyota USA Foundation Mini Conference Friday, June 29, 2012 Georgetown, KY. BRACE. Based on teacher needs identified by Science Department Chairs and District Administration

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B Biology

R Realignment

A and

C Curriculum

E Enhancement

  • Fayette County Public Schools
  • Toyota USA Foundation Mini Conference
  • Friday, June 29, 2012
  • Georgetown, KY
brace
BRACE
  • Based on teacher needs identified by Science Department Chairs and District Administration
      • New Science Literacy Standards
      • ACT Biology Quality Core – End of Course Exams
      • Real world experiences which prepare students for career and college readiness
challenges
Challenges
  • Comfort with biotechnology and expensive equipment
  • Quality Core End of Course Assessments
    • New content and practices not taught (or known) during teacher preparation
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Challenges
  • Communication/collaboration beyond department, school, and district
    • Competition - yes, it is still there
    • Silos: “I am not an English teacher”
    • Unease - working with IHE partners
participants
Participants
  • Biology teachers
  • IHE partner
  • District leadership
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Participants
  • Biology teachers
  • IHE partner
  • District leadership
twenty nine teachers from all high schools
Twenty Nine Teachers from ALL High Schools
  • Bryan Station High School
  • Henry Clay High School
  • Lafayette High School
  • Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School
  • Tates Creek High School
  • Martin Luther King Academy
  • The Learning Center at Linlee
  • Locust Trace AgriScience Center (hosted all meetings)
ihe partner
IHE Partner
  • Dr Robin Cooper, Professor of Biology, University of Kentucky
    • Created an atmosphere of higher ed and secondary ed working together for the students benefit
    • Put teachers at ease with regard to working with higher ed
    • Seen by participants as an approachable resource
district presenters
District Presenters
  • Mr David Helm Science Resource Specialist, Fayette County Public Schools
  • Ms Heidi Anderson NBCT Science Teacher, Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School
  • Dr Scott Diamond, Science Teacher, The Learning Center at Linlee
goals
Goals
  • Teachers learn biotechnology-related content and techniques they weren’t taught in “teacher school”
  • Teachers work with teachers from other schools in the district
  • Teachers make connections between literacy and science education
  • Teachers believe ALL students can “do” biotech
brace meetings
BRACE Meetings
  • 5 Release Days
  • Collaboration with IHE Partner
  • Teachers as presenters
  • LOTS of work, activity, and discussion
collaboration
Collaboration
  • District and school personnel collaborated with the IHE in:
      • Planning
      • Training
      • Content Resource
      • Facilitation
      • Positive Attitude
the brace agenda
The BRACE Agenda
  • Day 1: Meeting the Challenge of the Quality Core – GAP Analysis and Sequence
  • Day 2: Science Literacy and the Common Core – LDC Argumentative Piece
  • Day 3: Formative Assessment, Targets for the Quality Core and LDC Argumentative pieces
  • Day 4: Intro to Biotech – gel electrophoresis and genetics
  • Day 5: Biotech Day 2 – rapid colony transformations, PCR, genetic engineering
accomplishments
Accomplishments
  • All biology teachers trained in biotech methods
  • Enhanced biological science content knowledge
  • Developed comfortable relationships with IHE
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Accomplishments
  • All biology teachers trained in biotech methods
  • Enhanced biological science content knowledge
  • Developed comfortable relationships with IHE
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Accomplishments
  • Each school has 1 LDC argumentative task read
  • Five days of Quality Core training for biology teachers from ACT through district funding
accomplishments3
Accomplishments
  • Each school has 1 LDC argumentative task read
  • Five days of Quality Core training for biology teachers from ACT through district funding
teacher response
Teacher Response
  • Anecdotal data indicates a positive response from teachers – when they ask if you can do it again, you are doing the right things!
    • “Can we do this again next year?”
    • “I started this thinking it would be a waste of time away from my kids – boy was I wrong!”
    • “Dr. Cooper from UK is just awesome!”
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Teacher Response
  • Anecdotal data, continued:
    • “I really enjoyed getting to work with teachers from other schools.”
    • “Before this I wouldn’t have ever thought of doing these things with my kids”
    • “How do I reserve the materials?”
    • “I didn’t realize what great resources we have in the district (people and materials)”
further evaluation
Further Evaluation
  • Comparison of EOC results between FCPS and the State will be made to look for positive differences
  • Use of the new biotech materials will be monitored – request are already coming in
  • Increased use of literacy tools through LDC
what next
What Next?
  • Initial planning in place to continue working with higher ed in an effort to prepare our students to be career and college ready:
      • Content Academies
      • Content Resource
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What Next?
  • Funds allocated to continue LDC training for ALL Biology teachers next year
      • 4 release days
      • 2 stipend day
  • Content Academies are being scheduled for additional training sessions after school
  • Continued District support for Quality Core
thank you
Thank You!
  • QUESTIONS???