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2012 NCSTA Professional Development Institute


On Friday, November 9, five science teachers and Dr. Frank Crawly presented a session at NCSTA titled “Teaching to the Test—A Great Idea When It’s YOUR Test!”. In the session science teachers reported on the development of assessment-center science lessons they developed and tested to help the students they teach improve their understanding of the science they are expected to learn. The tests included diagnostic, formative, and summative tests developed using a variety of test construction methods and culminated in multi-day assessment-guided teaching that progressed from simple to more advanced understandings. The five science teachers who presented included the following:

  1. Jessica Parker – Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School, Concord, NC
  2. Bryan Bland, Southeast Raleigh Magnet School, Raleigh, NC
  3. Brandi Mathis, Bartlett Yancey High School , Yanceyville, NC
  4. Robert Shack, Valle Crucis School, Sugar Grove, NC
  5. Wynne Youngblood, East Rowan High School, Salisbury, NCvvvvvvvProfessional Development Institute

At this same conference, East Carolina University and the MSITE Department were represented by some of our alums, current graduate students and teachers working with us on current grant projects.  Megan Garner, current graduate student for our MAED Science Education Program, alumna from our Elementary Concentration and Assistant Director of the ECU Summer Science Camp and Blair Driver, alumna from our Middle Grades Science Education Program and Assistant Director of the ECU Summer Science Camp presented a Session entitled, "Simple as WATER!"  Blair and Megan presented 11 investigations that could be completed in a science classroom utilizing water as the theme focusing on all disciplines of science from life,environmental, to physical science.  The investigations ranged for grades from K-8.   All investigations were aligned with the current Essential Science Standards.  If you would like a copy of the investigations contact

Tammy D. Lee, Co PI on the Mathematics Science Partnership Grant- "Physics IS Essential" assisted the teacher leaders from the middle school portion of the grant with a session at the conference, entitled,  "Physics IS Essential". The teacher leaders:  Andy Forsetti, Lori Batten, Crystal Williams, and Donna Lee, were chosen from an application process from last year’s applicants.  These teachers represent Wayne and Beaufort Counties, two of the counties participating in the Physics IS Essential grant.


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