"Moving towards Inquiry in the classroom means turning
more responsibility for learning over to the students."
From half-day awareness workshops to week-long institutes, I provide
professional development and consulting services in inquiry-based science to a
wide range of educators across the US. Typically, my workshops have a large
experiential (hands-on) component that forms the basis for discussion,
reflection and planning.
Some of my recent and
current projects include:
Institute for Inquiry – Fundamentals of Inquiry
Institute – Professional Development for Professional Developers
I led the team that planned and
delivered the week-long institute for 40 science professional developers. This
institute introduces people to the Fundamentals of Inquiry professional
development curriculum and provides them with guidance on delivering strong
professional development sessions.
BAYSCI – K-5 Teacher Professional Development
In collaboration with Exploratorium
Institute for Inquiry and the Lawrence Hall of Science, I provided week-long
workshops for teachers from several Bay Area school districts that have adopted
the FOSS science curriculum.
Oklahoma Museum Network – Museum Educators and
In collaboration with the
Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry, I provided several multi-day workshops
addressing the fundamentals of inquiry education and the connection between
museums and K-12 teacher professional development. We also conducted training,
activities and debriefing for Oklahoma-based professional developers.
Science Museum of Minnesota, School Outreach Program – Professional
Development for Outreach Staff
I am providing professional
development in inquiry activity design and inquiry teaching for museum staff who
travel to schools throughout the state to provide presentations and classroom
Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators (ISEE),
UC Santa Cruz – Professional Development for Science and Engineering Graduate
Student teaching in an Education and Outreach Program
I work closely with staff of the
ISEE program to plan, develop activities for and teach a series of workshops to
prepare participants to design and teach inquiry activities for participants in
ISEE’s education programs.
Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Education (iSTEM), University of Colorado, Boulder – Consulting for Baseline Survey
I collaborated in interviewing existing
STEM education program on campus, analyzed the result and reported conclusions
to the project management team and external evaluator.
Boulder Journey School – Professional Development and
Classroom Consultation for Reggio-based Infant and Preschool Program
I provide hands-on, inquiry learning
experiences in science topics of interest in preschool classrooms to the
teachers at this school. I also work with the teachers to help them realize the
potential science in topics that arise in their classrooms (e.g. reflections
from a mirrored ball.)
Leadership Charter School, Bronx, NY – Consultation on Laboratory Design
I advised the school on the factors that
they should consider in designing new science laboratories for their school.