The Arizona Science Teachers Association in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education has announced that 29 teachers from around the state have been selected for the Developing Teacher Leaders Program.
Among those teachers is Kim Atkins from San Luis High School.
“I am excited to be a part of the ASTA’s developing leaders program. The program will run the course of a school year and allow me the opportunity to collaborate with science teachers and administrators around the state of Arizona to better understand A framework for K-12 science education,” said Atkins.
The science teachers will be trained to provide professional development to other teachers in Arizona. The idea of the program is for those selected to be “elements of change” at their respective districts and across the state using research based pedagogy.
“The model includes 3 parts that work together to drive student knowledge as well as inquiry to understand ideas in science. I am looking forward to developing my 21st century skills as a teacher so my students are prepared to succeed in college and the work force when they leave high school,” Atkins said.
ASTA will couple face-to-face professional development via a science conference, Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol training, and regional professional development meetings with on-line communities to develop relationships among ten teacher leaders (mentors) with ten novice teachers (protégés).
The program will develop capacity of regional teacher leaders by extending teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge of conference strands with on-going, on-line teacher and mentor-protégé affinity groups that are reinforced in regional face-to-face professional development programs.
This professional development program specifically targets the vision and implementation of researched based, best practices for science education as documented in the Framework, and gives teachers the knowledge and skills to be change agents in their schools, districts, and the state.
As noted in the Framework, “science, engineering, and technology permeate nearly every facet of modern life, and they also hold the key to meeting many of the humanity’s most pressing current and future challenges” and yet too many people do not have the skill set or knowledge in these areas.
With that challenge, the Framework has provided the structure for a new approach to K-12 science education based upon research on teaching and learning science, which includes that science education should be built around three dimensions:
1) Scientific and Engineering Practices
2) Crosscutting Concepts
3) Disciplinary Core Ideas
The following teachers will participate in the Developing Teacher Leaders Program:
Aminah Abdelahaq Mesa Public Schools
Annika DiVittorio Flagstaff Unified School District
Bethany Ligon Apache Junction Unified School District
Colleen Howard Mesa Public Schools
Cynthia Messieha Agua Fria
Lenora Higuera Yuma Elementary School District 1
Karen McGuinness Alhambra Elementary School
Reiannon Metz Parker Unified School District
Christine Mendoza Liberty School District
Duane Sommers Charter School
Janice Enrico Charter School
Janice Mak Paradise Valley Unified School District
Jason Hall Dysart
Kimberly Adkins Yuma Union
Celeste Lucier Kingman Academy of Learning
Mandy Heal Mesa Public Schools
Marie Kervin Lake Havasu Schools
Meg Gebert Tucson Unified School District
Michelle Butteri Parker Unified School District
Patricia Barrett Diocese of Tucson
Renu Singh Phoenix Union
Sharon Goldwasser Vail Public Schools
Stuart Charlip Agua Fria
Svea Anderson Tanque Verde School District
Terri Lake Diocese of Phoenix
Kelly Tommasino Paradise Valley Unified School District
Steve Wallgren Dysart
Wendy Gilbert San Carlos
Cheryl Wright Yuma Elementary School District 1
Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA)
ASTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University. ASTA demonstrates leadership in science education in the state by organizing and participating in statewide reform initiatives and provides leadership opportunities for members who wish to serve on committees and promote quality science education in their school and community.
Visit the ASTA website (http://www.azsta.org/) to learn more about our organization and how you can get involved!
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Arizona Department of Education
For more information about the Arizona Department of Education and its initiatives, visit www.azed.gov.
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