Emporia State University: Other Workshops
Other workshop opportunities for inservice teachers at ESU in the last decade have had a defined focus, and often centered on the introduction to, and curricular utilization of, various instructional technologies, or alternative teaching strategies. Examples include the following, which were funded in the 1990s by Eisenhower Science and Mathematics Education Act program funds, or its successor, the Eisenhower Professional Development Program, and most recently by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program:
- Several Eisenhower-funded workshops in the mid-to-late 1990s centered on the graphing calculator (GC) and calculator-based laboratory (CBL) instructional technologies. These were targeted to inservice mathematics and physical sciences/physics teacher teams from the same districts. Another workshop was targeted for middle- and high-school teachers of the biological and physical sciences, and focused on digital-imaging and mathematical modeling strategies. Staff included a biologist, mathematician, and physicist working with participants on projects in an interdisciplinary fashion. All of these workshops had a summer component as well as academic year face-to-face and web-based follow-ups.
- An ESU physics faculty member was introduced to the modeling physics pedagogical strategy, which was developed by David Hestenes and associates at Arizona State University, during a three-week workshop for college and university faculty in the summer, 2001. Subsequent to that ESU hosted some Eisenhower- and NCLB-funded modeling workshops for inservice physics and physical sciences teachers. ESU has also utilized an outstanding high school physics teacher, who was also an ASU-trained modeling strategist, as part of the instructional staff for these workshops.
- A NCLB-funded three-year project is in progress for middle-school teachers. The project objective is for teacher participants to utilize the modeling pedagogy at the middle-school level. Year one of the workshops centered on physics topics, e.g., kinematics and dynamics/mechanics.