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Friday, February 18, 2011

Inquiry Science in the Schools

Students from Saint Michael's College, Champlain College and now, University of Vermont, have provided over 400 hours of science instruction to Burlington, Winooski and Milton students in grades 2,3, and 5 in the past two years.The ISS program will be completing Year Two (Cycle 5) this spring semester. When all is said and done they will have reached 1,348 elementary students in 68 classrooms. The momentum of this program is driven by growing partnerships with the education departments in our local higher education institutions. The program is designed to increase pre-service teachers’ confidence in teaching science content through inquiry process skills – critical to developing a scientific mind. The ISS project has been possible through grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the A.D. Henderson Foundation other local contributions and is managed by Tracy Truzansky, ECHO Assistant Director of Education. “This project has provides critical benefits to new teachers entering the workforce while providing a successful science partnership model for school district administration and classroom teachers struggling to provide in depth, relevant science to students with local environmental applications,” says Truzansky.

“Through inquiry in the classroom students are always left wanting more. As a future teacher it is my hope to provide the most [science] inquiry I can in my class. I want students to be able to really ‘get to know’ science and how it pertains to their everyday lives.”
– Olivia, St. Michael’s College Pre-service Teacher

- Photo - Sydney, St. Michael's College Pre-service Teacher dressed as a wetland scientist

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