Delaware GK-12 A partnership between the University of Delaware and the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District www.udel.edu/GK-12 Funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12)
GK-12 Project Leaders • George Watson (UD physics) • Deborah Allen (UD biology) • Kate Scantlebury (UD chemistry) • Amy Quillen (NCCoVoTech) • John Madsen (UD geology) • Richard Donham (UD-MSERC-bioogy)
Delaware GK-12 Grant • $1.7million over three years • Funding up to nine UD graduate students (GK-12 Fellows) • Paired with high school science teachers • To create a learning community of teaching teams to examine and reflect on current issues in education while specifically addressing critical needs in science education in vocational technical high schools.
Delaware GK-12 Activities • In summer workshops, teaching teams will be introduced to a number of innovative teaching strategies, including problem-based learning (PBL). • During the academic year, Fellows will engage in coteaching with their teacher partners. • Fellows will gain a better understanding and appreciation of the complexities and nuances of teaching science in high school. • Teaching teams will have the opportunity to develop PBL activities, aligned with curricular needs, for students to experience the benefits of guided-inquiry learning environments.
Delaware GK-12 Benefits Expected outcomes include: • Improved communication, teaching, and team building skills for the Fellows; • Professional development opportunities for science teachers; • Enriched learning for the high school students; and • Strengthened partnership between University of Delaware and the New Castle County VoTech School District.
GK-12 Fellow Mary Boggs Biological Sciences • Her research is on communication of neurons with bone cells and causes of bone cancer pain. • She has served as a science tutor as an undergrad, teaching assistant for introductory biology, and substitute teacher in private school.
GK-12 Fellow Thomas Ekiert Physics and Astronomy • His research is on finite-size effects on properties of metallic nanoparticles • He has served as grad teaching assistant in introductory physics, as well as course instructor.
GK-12 Fellow Erin Foster Biological Sciences • Her research is on protein interactions in DNA replication and its initiation. • She has served as teaching assistant for introductory biology laboratory.
GK-12 Fellow Kristy Longsdorf Chemistry and Biochemistry • Her research is on surface chemistry and modeling for better understanding cellular signaling. • She has served as grad teaching assistant in introductory chemistry classes.
GK-12 Fellow John Meyer Physics and Astronomy • His research is on energy release processes in plasmas, leading to better space weather monitoring and fusion energy devices. • He has served in a variety of educational settings: introductory physics lab, one-on-one tutoring, summer camps.
GK-12 Fellow Nathan Nasdrowicz Entomology and Wildlife Ecology • His research is on environmental factors influencing populations of long-tailed salamanders associated with springhouses. • He has served as grad teaching assistant in a variety of environmental and biology courses, as well as co-instructor of herpetology.
GK-12 Fellow Christopher Russell Physics and Astronomy • His research is on computational astrophysics of massive stars. • He has served as grad teaching assistant in introductory physics courses, as well as drumline instructor in local high schools.
GK-12 Fellow Katherine Skalak Geological Sciences • Research on the transport of mercury in rivers • Geology Department’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant in 2004 • Teaching in the family – her husband Nick is currently teaching in the Delaware Schools
GK-12 Fellow Jeffrey Spraggins Chemistry and Biochemistry • His research is on oxidized peptides and their alteration on exposure to ozone. • He has served as a grad teaching assistant and has earned a Higher Education Teaching Certificate. In college, he served as student instrument instructor for local H.S. students.
Delaware GK-12 A partnership between the University of Delaware and the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District Funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12)