Rice Regional Science Collaborative_Houston

Director

Dr. Carolyn Nichol
Director
cnichol@rice.edu
7133482672

Abstract

The Rice University Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM) seeks funding to sustain its Regional Collaborative teacher development program and to expand the impact of individual teacher participation by improving STEM instruction within classrooms and schools. The Rice Elementary Model STEM Lab (REMSL) will continue to partner with high needs school districts across the diverse Houston metropolitan area to provide teachers with comprehensive, year-long professional development based on best practices. What distinguishes the Rice Regional Collaborative from other professional development training programs is its broad impact in terms of teachers and school districts served and our deep focus on STEM content and constructivist pedagogy. REMSL has a unique model of instructional delivery, providing teachers one week of summer training followed by two PD options 14 days or 20 evenings of academic year training, an evening lecture series presented by Rice faculty and other Houston area scientists, and Saturday field experiences. The major objectives are to improve: 1. Teachers’ content knowledge in science with integrated mathematics and as related to the TEKS through STEM learning experiences. 2. Teachers’ instructional skills and practices by encouraging the use of research-based teaching strategies and pedagogical methods of intervention that have been tested and proven to be effective in increasing student learning. 3. Students’ academic achievement in science and mathematics by providing teachers and students with materials and learning experiences tightly aligned with the TEKS. 4. Teachers’ leadership skills in mentoring, coaching, lesson refinement, and the development of campus-wide science activities. These major objectives can be accomplished through REMSL’s intensive professional development program. All program outcomes will be assessed based on a comprehensive evaluation and research plan.


Team Members

NameProfessional Title
Dr. Carolyn NicholDirector
Mr. Matthew CushingDirector of Programs and Operations
Ms. Ericka LawtonAssistant Director
Mr. Isaias CerdaAssistant Director

Training Events

EventDates
Pre-tests and Surveys07/24/2017 - 07/31/2017
REMSL Summer Institute Day 1 07/24/2017 - 07/31/2017
REMSL Summer Institute Day 207/25/2017 - 08/01/2017
REMSL Summer Institute Day 307/26/2017 - 08/02/2017
REMSL Summer Institute Day 407/27/2017 - 08/03/2017
REMSL Summer Institute Day 507/28/2017 - 08/04/2017
REMSL Session 1 (AM/PM): Physical Science9/26/2017 - 9/29/2017
REMSL Session 2 (AM/PM): Physical Science10/3/2017 - 10/6/2017
REMSL Session 3 (AM/PM): Space Science10/10/2017 - 10/13/2017
TEAMS I12/4/2017 - 1/12/2018
REMSL Session 4 (AM/PM): Space Science10/17/2017 - 10/20/2017
REMSL Session 5 (AM/PM): Space Science10/24/2017 - 10/27/2017
Field Experience 2 - Ocean Star10/7/2017 - 10/7/2017
REMSL Session 6 (AM/PM): Earth Science11/2/2017 - 11/7/2017
REMSL Session 7 (AM/PM): Earth Science11/14/2017 - 11/17/2017
Conference Attendance 2017-201808/01/2017 - 05/01/2018
REMSL Session 8 (AM/PM): Life Science AM / Earth Science PM11/28/2017 - 12/1/2017
REMSL Session 9 (PM Only): Earth Science12/05/2017 - 12/07/2017
TEAMS II2/12/2018 - 3/24/2018
REMSL Session 9 (AM) / 10 (PM): Life Science01/09/2018 - 01/12/2018
REMSL Session 10 (AM) / 11 (PM): Life Science1/23/2018 - 1/26/2018
REMSL Session 11 (AM) / 12 (PM): Life Science1/30/2018 - 2/2/2018
REMSL Session 12 (AM) / 13 (PM): Life Science02/06/2018 - 2/9/2018
REMSL Session 14 (PM Only): Life Science02/13/2018 - 02/15/2018
Field Experience 3 - Sheldon Lakes State Park03/03/2018 - 03/10/2018
REMSL Session 16 (PM Only): Culminating Project04/03/2018 - 04/05/2018
REMSL Session 13 (AM) / 17 (PM): Portfolio Presentations4/17/2018 - 4/20/2018
REMSL Session 14 (AM) / 18 (PM): Portfolio Presentations4/24/2018 - 4/27/2018
Online Professional Development & Book Study09/01/2017 - 04/09/2018
Post - Tests and Surveys05/01/2018 - 05/03/2018
REMSL Session 15 (PM Only): STEM Challenge2/20/2018 - 2/22/2018
Summer Institute Make Up Sessions10/14/2017 - 2/24/2018
Fall Cadre Member Mentoring 8/1/2017 - 1/8/2018
Fall Immersion Cadre Member Mentoring8/1/2017 - 1/8/2018