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Current Projects

The projects below encompass my research and consulting portfolio. Each project contributes to the science education community by exploring factors that influence and enhance students' learning or support the growth and development of science teachers.

Integrating Chemistry and Earth Science

This project will develop and research an instructional unit that integrates local Earth science phenomena into a high school chemistry curriculum. Working with Baltimore City Schools and the Cary Institute, we will learn about how students engage in science practices within this innovative context and learn about the challenges and successes of the teachers during implementation. Click here to read more about this project.

GWNoyce - STEM Teaching Excellence in High Need Schools: Teacher Preparation in the Nation’s Capital

This project supports the recruitment of talented STEM majors to pursue studies in education with the outcome of developing more high-quality teachers committed to teaching in high need settings. Through collaboration between the GW Columbian College of Arts and Science, the GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development, the GWTeach program as well as local school systems, we will strengthen the STEM teacher workforce and the quality of STEM education in the DMV region. Click here to read more about this project.

Charles E. Smith STEM Curriculum Integration Project

Through a focus on the crosscutting concepts of science, this project will result in a series of integrated K-5 curricular materials that span multiple disciplines. Charles E. Smith teachers will engage in professional development centered on crosscutting concepts and STEM instruction to serve as teacher leaders among their peers to lead the curriculum development efforts. The GW team will student the development and implementation efforts as well as student learning outcomes. Click here to read more about this project.

Mentored Experiences to Expand Opportunities for Research for High School

Teachers engage in summer research experiences at Children's National Hospital, providing authentic opportunities to participate in and learn about scientific practices. We will study how these experiences inform teachers' understanding about essential scientific practices and how the experiences influence and transform their science instruction.

DC FUSION Professional Development Consortium

 

Working in collaboration, the four District of Columbia universities will develop a consortium to investigate the professional development needs of the local DC K-12 stakeholders. The consortium will provide responsive and evidence-based STEM PD for the DC K-12 stakeholders.

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Investigating the Effects of Socioscientific Argumentation Development on Student Academic Success

This project aims to reform the undergraduate STEM courses at Bethune-Cookman University to emphasize scientific argumentation centered on socioscientific issues. Bethune-Cookman STEM faculty will work in consultation with George Washington University faculty (Grooms) and University of South Florida faculty (Dana Zeidler) to develop curricular experiences that center on local issues of interest using the SSI framework and incorporate scientific argumentation discourse. Click here to learn more about this project.

X-Labs: Cross-Disciplinary Practice Focused Undergraduate Laboratory Transformation

This project project will transform undergraduate STEM laboratory courses at East Carolina University to emphasize scientific practices through the implementation of Argument-Driven Inquiry. I serve as external project evaluator and work collaboratively with STEM faculty at ECU to ensure that the project team makes satisfactory progress toward its stated goals with regard to curriculum development and implementation and data collection and analysis. Click here or here to learn more about this project.

Asynchronous Discussions to Engage Students in Scientific Argumentation

 

 

This project project will investigate aspects of scientific argumentation in face-to-face and asynchronous online learning environments to learn about the challenges that occur and how to overcome them. I serve as external project evaluator and work collaboratively with STEM faculty at ECU and Illinois State University to ensure that the project team makes satisfactory progress toward its stated goals with regard to curriculum development and implementation and data collection and analysis. Click here to learn more about this project.

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