NWO TEAMS: Science Instruction For All
NWO TEAMS Project
(Teachers Enhancing Achievement
in Mathematics and Science)
Ohio Math Science Partnership Grant
- High-needs school districts in northwest Ohio:
- Toledo Public Schools
- Lima City Public Schools
- Fostoria Public schools
- Bowling Green State University
- University of Toledo
- Toledo Zoo
- $1,850,281 requested through the Ohio Department of Education.
- Bowling Green State University has provided $442,077
- Total amount of project = $2,293,358
- The money was used to pay for:
- Personnel, participant costs, travel costs, materials and supplies
- July 1, 2006-September 30, 2009
The goals of the grant include:
- Provide effective and sustained research-based science professional development for 3rd-6th grade teachers in northwest Ohio.
- Promote the use of research-based best practices in science and special education teaching in northwest Ohio classrooms consistent with local, state, and national standards.
- Create effective and powerful science learning environments to improve student achievement in state assessments.
- Utilize community resources to enhance teaching and learning throughout northwest Ohio.
- Develop a cadre of science and teacher-leaders to serve as coaches in northwest Ohio schools.
- Improve student inquiry science process skills and science achievement.
- Provided grade specific content for teachers in grades 3-6.
- Professional development was implemented in 3 phases per year: a two-week Summer Institute I, the monthly Academic Year, and a one-week Summer Institute 2.
- Content topics each year included:
- Grade 3: Animal Studies & Fossils
- Grade 4: Physical/Chemical Properties & Fossils
- Grade 5: Earth, Moon, and Sun
- Grade 6: Diversity of Life
- Curriculum: Teachers used leased kits from FOSS, Carolina Biological, and/or STC to implement the hands-on activities learned during the professional development into their classroom.
- In year 3, a special education expert was included in each grade level classroom to aid teachers in differentiated instruction.
- Total professional development hours provided in the 3-year project: 345 (115 per year).
Project Achievements during the 3 years:
- Provided professional development to over 250 teachers, reaching approximately 9,000 students.
- Teachers significantly increased attitudes toward the use of inquiry-based teaching strategies and science content knowledge.
- Students significantly increased achievement as documented in the results of the science content tests that were implemented.
- Consistently resulted in significant increases in teachers’ science content knowledge, as well as teachers’ attitude towards and use of inquiry-based teaching strategies.
- The students of the participating teachers made significant gains in student achievement, as measured by the NWO TEAMS student content tests.
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Funding provided by the Ohio Department of Education: Math & Science Partnership Program