Past Grant Projects
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.
For more information contact:
Funding provided by the Ohio Department of Education: Math & Science Partnership Program
A scholarship program for mathematics and science with a leadership focus
DREAMS (Developing Regional Excellence for Achievement in Mathematics and Science Education) is a K-12 Mathematics and Science program for teachers focusing on leadership skills and deep content knowledge through one of the following three methods: a Specialist Endorsement in Mathematics and/or Science OR an MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) in Biology with a specialization in Interdisciplinary Science OR an MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) in Mathematics, Physics, or Biology.
Tuition scholarships are available for coursework towards a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or Specialist Endorsement.
- Tuition for 8 graduate credit hours paid by the program. (Participant pays 1 credit hour up front and is responsible for all general and registration fees.
- See below for more information on participant costs for the DREAMS scholarship
- Rigorous content coursework
- Leadership development
- Career Enhancement
- Admission requirements and degree requirements for the Biology Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. (pdf)
- Admission requirements and degree requirements for the Interdisciplinary Science specialization within the Biology Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. (pdf)
- STEM Leadership Academy I (TBD) and II (TBD)
- NWO Inquiry Series (once a month from September through April, click here for dates)
Open to K-12 teachers wishing to pursue or take coursework
- Specialist Endorsement in Science (K-9) and/or Mathematics (K-6)
- MAT in Biology with a specialization in Interdisciplinary Science (targets grades 4-9 teachers)
- MAT in Biology, Mathematics, or Physics (targets grades 9-12 teachers
For more information contact:
Program Manager, DREAMS
242D Math Science
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
DREAMS Scholarship Information
*Fees can change so refer to the BGSU Bursar Website for accurate information. http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/bursar/
Early childhood is a RIPE time for encouraging students in science and for helping students develop a scientific conception of the physical world
We strive to transform early childhood education by (1) researching early childhood student conceptual understanding of physics concepts, (2) developing engaging and highly effective teaching models and instructional materials, (3) disseminating these models and materials, and (4) providing intense and sustained professional development to pre- and inservice teachers in effective physics teaching.
Teacher Professional Development Opportunities
Are you an early childhood (K-3) teacher who wants your students to better understand physics concepts? Do you want to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts and how to teach them? If so, the 2010 RIPE summer workshop is the place to be! You will learn how to teach about magnetism, light, sound, forces & motion, matter, electricity, and astronomy.
The workshop will run 8 am - 5 pm, Monday-Thursday, July 27 - July 30, August 2 - 5, 2010 at Bowling Green State University. In addition, there will be 4 required academic year meetings during the evening.
Teachers will earn four graduate credits (tuition paid for by the project) and will receive a kit of materials for implementing the lessons.
Funded by the Ohio Board of Regents Improving Teacher Quality 2010 grant program.
Additional support for the RIPE summer workshop is provided by the BGSU College of Education & Human Development, the School of Teaching & Learning, the Center of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education: Opportunities of Success (COSMOS), and the Northwest Ohio Center of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (NWO).
Van Hook, S. J., and Huziak-Clark, T. Lift, Squeeze, Stretch and Twist: Research-based Inquiry Physics Experiences (RIPE) of Energy for Kindergartners. Journal of Elementary Science Education. To appear.
Van Hook, S. J., and Huziak-Clark, T. (Fall 2007). Tip to tail: Developing a conceptual model of magnetism with kindergartners using inquiry-based instruction. Journal of Elementary Science Education 19(2).
Van Hook, S. J., and Huziak-Clark, T. (March 2007). Spring into energy: Toy-based inquiry activities introduce primary students to key ideas about energy. Science and Children, 21-25.
Van Hook, S. J., Huziak-Clark, T., and Nowak, K. (2005). Developing mental models about air using inquiry-based instruction with kindergartners. Journal of Elementary Science Education 17(1), 26-38.
RIPE Research Presentations
Van Hook, S. J., and Huziak-Clark, T. Inquiry Physics for Elementary Science Teachers: the RIPE Program. AAPT Winter 2008.
Van Hook, S. J., and Huziak-Clark, T. Developing Conceptual Models of Physics Concepts with Early Childhood Students. AERA April 2007.
Van Hook, S. J., and Huziak-Clark, T. Research-based Inquiry Physics Experiences (RIPE) for Elementary Students and Teachers. Penn State University Physics Department Seminar. January 25, 2007.
Van Hook, S. J., and Huziak-Clark, T. Tip to Tail: Developing Kindergartners' Understanding of Magnetism with Inquiry-Based Lessons. ASTE January 2007.
Van Hook, S. J., Lark, A., Huziak-Clark, T. Student Ideas of Motion. COSMOS Research Community. December 2006.
Van Hook, S. J., and Huziak-Clark, T. Enhancing Early Science Instruction with Physics Songs. AAPT July 26, 2006.
Van Hook, S. J., and Huziak-Clark, T. Using Conceptual Hooks to Enhance Early Childhood Learning of Science. COSMOS Research Community, April 19, 2006.
Van Hook, S. J., and Huziak-Clark, T. Development of Mental Models Of Energy By Kindergarten Students. ASTE January 2006.
Van Hook, S. J. Development of Student Understanding of Energy. COSMOS Research Community. October 13, 2005.
Van Hook, S. J., Huziak-Clark, T., and Ryan, K. Development of Mental Models Of Air By Kindergarten Students. ASTE January 2005.
Previous Professional Development Workshop Sessions
NWO Symposium: Research-based Physics Experiences (RIPE) with Energy (11/3/2007)
RIPE Summer Workshop (Summer 2007)
Science Education Council of Ohio: Magnetism Lessons (2/9/2007)
Northwest Ohio Symposium in Science, Mathematics and Technology Teaching: Magnetism Lessons (11/4/2006)
COSMOS/NWO Blastoff: Using Physics Songs & Kinesthetic Activities (9/2006)
COSMOS/NWO Summit: Air Lessons for Early Elementary (4/29/2006)
COSMOS/NWO Summit: Energy Lessons for Early Elementary (4/29/2006)
TAPESTRIES Symposium: Airy Lesson for Early Elementary (3/2/2002)
TAPESTRIES Symposium: Bringing Energy to Light: A "Litmus" Test for Energy (3/2/2002)
TAPESTRIES Symposium: Airy Lesson for Early Elementary (3/1/2001)
TAPESTRIES Symposium: Airy Lesson for Early Elementary (4/1/2000)