The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has entered into agreements 3 participating school districts within the region’s Educational Service Center One to provide intensive, high quality professional development to a total of 25 middle school science teachers.
The project activities will fall under the directorship of Dr. Phillip Dukes, associate professor for physics and astronomy and be supported by a team of STEM and education faculty. The team also includes several exceptional school district master teachers. The team will be involved in delivery and monitoring of mentoring activities.
The project instructional team will provide a total of 100 hours professional development to 25 Science Teacher Mentors (STMs). The project staff has committed to implement an immersion model that would require that at least one Science Teacher Mentor will deliver 24 hours of documented professional development to all campus teachers or Cadre Members (CMs) in the specified grade level. Although all participating teachers will participate in the immersion model, those STMs who are not at the 8th grade level may provide a minimum of 12 documented hours of professional development to at least three science teachers on their campus.
The project includes a rigorous and well-articulated assessment plan that includes required pre-post assessments, surveys, and assessment of all project deliverables. These artifacts will be uploaded to the state project site by the required timeframe.
The successful implementation of this project is to increase the content and pedagogical knowledge of middle school science teachers for the purpose of increasing student achievement. The project director and the instructional team is committed to ensuring the success of this project.