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Tuesday, November 1 • 9:45am - 10:35am
Preparing to Teach STE in Elementary Schools: A Discussion for Stakeholders

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A Framework for K-12 Science Education makes clear that in order to enact reform in science and technology/engineering teaching and learning there must be concurrent attention to how teachers are prepared and encouraged to develop. The Framework acknowledges that the current system is a complex one. Realizing the Framework’s vision at the elementary level will be a challenge as several constituencies, including school administrators, classroom teachers, and college education and sciences faculty must work together toward a unified vision. We are college/university elementary science and technology/engineering education faculty who are involved in various aspects of this work and who have begun to discuss issues pertaining to elementary teacher preparation. In this session we will engage other stakeholders including college/university level faculty both in education and the sciences, classroom teachers, and school administrators, in a discussion about elementary teacher preparation. We will briefly describe what we see as some of the opportunities and challenges. We will then engage participants in discussion of the following questions:

1.         What do new teachers need to know and be able to do as a result of their pre-service development?

2.         What basic science and/or technology/engineering courses are needed and what is the role of these courses?

3.         What are some important considerations for designing elementary science and technology/engineering preservice courses?

4.         What are some promising practices for working with practicum sites to support and model effective pedagogical practices?

5.         What supports do new teachers need in their induction year(s)?


Don DeRosa

Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Boston University School of Medicine CityLab and MobileLab

Eve Manz

Assistant Professor, Boston University

Kate McNeill

Associate Professor of Science Education, Boston College

Pam Pelletier

Director of Science, Technology and Engineering, Boston Public Schools

Jeff Winokur

Instructor in Education, Wheelock College

Tuesday November 1, 2016 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
Meeting Room A