Publications

The Institute for School Partnership provides researchers with the opportunity to study teacher and student programs, and share outcomes with professional communities of practice.

2014
Paul S. Markovits, Danielle L. Sever, Mitzy A. Barnstead, Meghan A. McNulty, and Stephanie Valli. (2014, Apr.) And, now we are science gurus: How we became leaders in our schools. Presentation at the National Science Teachers Association 2014 National Conference. Boston, MA.

Phyllis Balcerzak and Rachel Ruggirello. (2014, Mar.) Enacting STEM in teacher development. Poster presentation at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference. Conference Strand: In-service Science Teacher Education. Pittsburgh, PA.

2013
Jeffrey Whitford, Mary C. Mohr, and Victoria L. May. (2013 Nov.) Connecting Industry & Academia to Enhance Science Education. Presentation at the Missouri Math and Science Coalition 2013 Missouri STEM Summit. Kansas City, MO.

Victoria L. May. (2013, Oct.) Private-public partnerships: STEMpact and STEM Teacher Quality. Invited presentation at the Schools That Can conference at the United States Military Academy at West Point. West Point, NY.

Paul Markovits, Mitzy Achord Barnstead, Meghan A. McNulty, Stephanie Valli, and Danielle L. Sever. (2013, Oct.) A teacher leadership process that works for models-based science. Presentation at the Science Teachers of Missouri 2013 Professional Development Conference. Conference Strand: Upper Elementary 3-5. Columbia, MO.

Rachel Ruggirello (2013, Aug.) Education and outreach at the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center. Presentation at the 16th International Congress on Photosynthesis Research. St. Louis, MO.

Rachel Ruggirello, David Schuster, Erica Wunderlich Majumder, Terri Woodford-Thomas. (2013, Aug.) Photosynthesis in our lives. Presentation at the 16th International Congress on Photosynthesis Research. St. Louis, MO.

Victoria L. May. (2013, June) The role of community schools in place-based initiatives: Collaborating for student success. Invited presentation at the Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership. Washington, DC.

Rachel Ruggirello, Nisha Wadhwani. (2013, May) Establishing successful school partnerships to promote STEM learning through Science Olympiad. Presentation at the National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum & Expo. Conference Strand: Effective STEM Partnerships. St. Louis, MO.

Rachel Ruggirello. (2013, May) Teaching core ideas by engaging students in authentic STEM problems: An alternative energy curriculum. Presentation at the National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum & Expo. Conference Strand: Grade 6-9. St. Louis, MO.

Travis Plume, David Ganey, Phyllis Balcerzak, Susan Flowers. (2013, May) Integrating tablet technology into an inquiry-driven science classroom. Presentation at the National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum & Expo. Conference Strand: Effective STEM Partnerships. St. Louis, MO.

Skyler Wiseman, Tonja Robinson, Dawn Walters. (2013, May) What is Sound? A new MySci unit for first grade. Presentation at the National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum & Expo. Conference Strand: PreK-2 (Early Childhood). St. Louis, MO.

Rachel Ruggirello, Phyllis Balcerzak, Victoria May. (2013, Apr.) Beyond the black box: Investigating how science teachers use student performance data to make pedagogical decisions. Presentation at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference. Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Phyllis Balcerzak, Victoria May, Rachel Ruggirello. (2013, Apr.) Variations in secondary biology teachers transfer of content and teaching strategies from institute to classroom. Presentation at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference. Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Susan K. Flowers and Phyllis Balcerzak. (2013, Mar.) Connecting high school students to authentic research projects and practicing scientists. Presentation at the inaugural Life Discovery-Doing Science Biology Education Conference. Conference track: Data exploration in a research-based biology. St. Paul, MN.

Susan K. Flowers. (2013, Mar.) SIFT and TERF programs. Presentation to the Missouri Environmental Literacy Advisory Board. Columbia, MO.

Hopwood, J.L., Flowers, S.K., Seidler, K.J., Hopwood, E.L. (2013, Mar.) “Race to Displace: A Game to Model the Effects of Invasive Species on Plant Communities.” The American Biology Teacher. Vol. 75, Issue 3, 194-201.

John Wiegers and Anne Chilson. (2013, Feb.) Light, Images, and Next Generation Science Standards. Workshop presentation at Interface 2013, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Conference. Tan-Tar-A, MO.

Victoria L. May. (2013, Feb.) The role of outreach offices in supporting science-teacher partnerships. Panel presentation at the first International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference sponsored by the Science & Health Education Partnership of the University of California at San Francisco and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Boston, MA.

2012
Victoria L. May. (2102, Dec.) Universities as community partners. Invited panel presentation at Beyond School Improvement: Partnering to Strengthen Educational Opportunities for Urban Children and Youth, Child and Family Policy Forum, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Chicago, IL.

Paul Markovits, Mitzy Achord. (2012, Oct.) Designing Teacher Leadership for Science Inquiry – Grades 4-8. Presentation at the Science Teachers of Missouri 2012 Professional Development Conference: STOMp Outside of Your Box. St. Louis, MO.

May, V., & Balcerzak, P. (2012, May). Teaching K-12 Math and Science Through Investigation. Poster presentation at Center for Science and Math Education, University of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT.

Ruggirello, R.M., Balcerzak, P., May, V.L., & Blankenship, R.E. (2012, Apr.). Measurement of solar spectra relating to photosynthesis and solar cells: an inquiry lab for secondary science. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. Vol. 40, Issue 4, 241-245.

S.K. Flowers, L. Toth, K. Beyer. (2012, Mar.) Making Natural Connections: An Authentic Field Research Collaboration. Poster presentation at the NSF Informal Science Education Program PI Summit. Washington DC.

Balcerzak, P. & Ruggirello, R.M. (2012, Mar.) Interdisciplinary approaches to science teaching for enhancing understanding. Presentation at the annual conference of the National Science Teachers Association. Indianapolis, IN.

Rachel Ruggirello, Phyllis Balcerzak, Vicki May, and Jill McNew-Birren. (2012, Mar.) Perspectives on teaching and learning to teach from students and teachers in a teacher-developed situated professional development model. Presentation at the international meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.

Barbara A. Schaal, Victoria L. May, Phyllis Balcerzak. (2012, Feb.) Learners to Leaders: A graduate institute for biology teachers. Poster presentation at the annual NSF MSP Learning Network Conference. Washington, DC.

Rachel Ruggirello, Phyllis Balcerzak, Jill McNew-Birren, and Vicki May. (2012, Jan.) The collaborative advantage: Teacher-led in situ professional development. Presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Clearwater, FL.

2011
Susan K. Flowers and Phyllis Balcerzak. (2011, Oct.) Life Sciences for a Global Community: M.S. in Biology for High School Teachers. Poster presentation at the National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference, Outreach Coordinator & Informal Educator Section Poster Session. Anaheim, CA.

Susan K. Flowers, Lydia Toth, Katherine Beyer, Jonathan M. Chase. (2011, Aug.) Making Natural Connections: An Authentic Field Research Collaboration. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Education Section Poster Session. Austin, TX.

Balcerzak, P., May, V., and Schaal, B. (2011, Jul.) “Perspectives on Deepening Teachers’ Science Content Knowledge: The Case of the Life Sciences for a Global Community Teacher Institute.” In E.M. Gordon, D.J. Heck, K.A. Malzahn, J.D Pasley, and I.R. Weiss (Eds.) Deepening teachers’ mathematics and science content knowledge: Lessons from NSF Math and Science Partnerships. Horizon Research, Inc.

Pitts, W., & Ruggirello, R. (2011, Apr.) Using e-portfolios as portraits of growth in an in-service science teacher education program. Presentation at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association. New Orleans, LA.

Martin, S., Milne, C., Siry, C., Ruggirello, R., Butler-Kahle, J., Scantlebury, K., & Li, Y. (2011, Apr.) Employing Sociocultural Frameworks In Program Evaluation Design: Exploring The Challenges And Benefits For Internal And External Evaluation. Paper set accepted for the international meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. Orlando, FL.

Balcerzak, P., May., V.L., & Hanssen, C. (2011, Jan.). The effect of the level of transfer from teachers professional development on student learning. Presentation at the annual NSF MSP Learning Network Conference. Washington, DC.

2010
S.K. Flowers, L. Toth, C. Adams, J. Chase. (2010, Dec.) SIFT Program: Shaw Institute for Field Training. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Missouri Environmental Education Association. Columbia, MO.

S.K. Flowers, L. Toth, C. Adams, J. Chase. (2010, Dec.) TERF Program: Tyson Environmental Research Fellowships. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Missouri Environmental Education Association. Columbia, MO.

Flowers, S.K., Holmes, A., and Balcerzak P. (2010, Oct.) Crafting Case Studies in Biology. Presentation at the National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Ruggirello, R. & Pitts, W. (2010, Mar.) E-portfolios as portraits of growth: Enacting inquiry in an in-service chemistry education program. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. Philadelphia, PA.

Ruggirello, R. & Martin, S. (2010, Mar.) Under the fog of science education reform: A spotlight on administrators. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. Philadelphia, PA.

Wilson, Y., Martin, S, Ruggirello, R., & Martin, S. (2010, Mar.) Early leavers and vertical advancers: Sociocultural factors influencing teacher attrition from a graduate program for middle and high school science teachers. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. Philadelphia, PA.

Balcerzak, P., May, V.L., and Schaal, B. (2010, Jan.) “Life Sciences for a Global Community: A Washington University Teacher Institute for High School Biology Teachers.” Journal of the Math Science Partnership Knowledge Dissemination Project. Vol. 11, 85-93.

May, V.L., Hanssen, C., and Balcerzak, P. (2010, Jan.). Using HLM to study the relationship between teacher and student content knowledge. Presentation at the annual NSF MSP Learning Network Conference. Washington, DC.

2009
Susan K. Flowers, Lydia Toth, Katherine Beyer, Jon Chase, Peter Raven. (2009, Nov.) Making Natural Connections: An Authentic Field Research Collaboration. Poster presentation at the National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference, 4-Year Section Poster Session. Denver, CO.

Balcerzak, P. & May, V.L. (2009, Jan.). Leadership and the secondary science teacher. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education. St. Louis, MO.

May, V.L., Hanssen, C., & Balcerzak, P. (2009, Jan.). A multi-method approach for assessing changes in teacher performance in a life sciences teacher institute. Presentation at the annual NSF MSP Learning Network Conference. Washington, DC.

Balcerzak, P., May, V.L., & Schaal, B. (2009) “Developing Leadership in a National Cohort of Secondary Biology Teachers: uses of an on-line course structure to develop a geographically distant professional learning community.” Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations. Vol. 11, 85-93.

Wiseman, Skyler. (2009) Lessons Learned Across the Curriculum. Presentation at the annual conference of the National Science Teachers Association. New Orleans, LA.

2008
Balcerzak, P., Flowers, S.K., Holmes, A., Cochran-Dirksen, R., Dodd, J., Hirn, P., Karetny, E.J., Rosser, W., Schillio, P. (2008, Oct.) Life Sciences for a Global Community – NSF Institute for Biology Teachers. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers. Memphis, TN.

Susan K. Flowers and Andrea Holmes. (2008, June) Significant Sequences. Workshop presentation at the Summer Symposium on Genomics and Society. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.

Susan K. Flowers, Lydia Toth, Jon Chase, Peter Raven, Katherine Beyer. (2008, July) Making Natural Connections: An Authentic Field Research Collaboration. Poster presentation at the NSF Informal Science Education Program PI Summit. Washington DC.

Phyllis Balcerzak and Victoria May. (2008, Jan.) Leadership and the Secondary Science Teacher. Presentation of findings and discussion facilitation at the Association of Science Teacher Educators. St. Louis, MO.

Balcerzak, P. & Brouchard, L. (2008) Learning Progression Research: Understanding cell biology in grades K-3. Presentation at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Balcerzak, P. (2008) Teaching and Leading for Social Justice Advocacy: An Evaluation of Professional Development for K-12 Teachers and Administrators. Wilson Educational Consultants.

Wiseman, Skyler. (2008) Through a Child’s Eyes: Drawing to Learn, Learning Through Drawing. Presentation at the Connections Institute: Art in Science, Science in Art at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

2007
Susan K. Flowers, Mary C. Mohr, and Anna Cristina Garza. (2007, Nov.) ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at Washington University. Poster presentation at the National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference, K-12 Outreach Programs Poster Session. Atlanta, Georgia.

Shen, J., Gibbons, P.C., Wiegers, J.F., & McMahon, A. (2007). “Using research based assessment tools in professional development in current electricity.” Journal of Science Teacher Education. Vol 18(3), 431-459.

Barbara Schaal. (2007) Global Issues and the Scientific Enterprise: transforming high school science and teaching. Keynote address at STEM conference organized by the National Science Foundation and Department of Education. Washington, DC.

Wiseman, Skyler. (2007) Science on the Move. Presentation at the Mobile Lab Coalition National Conference. Baltimore, MD.

2006
Susan K. Flowers, Mary C. Mohr, and Victoria L. May. (2006, Oct.) Impacting Local High School Biology Classes with College-level DNA Science. Poster presentation at the National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference, 4-Year Section Poster Session. Albuquerque, NM.

Susan K. Flowers, Felix Lui, and Victoria L. May. (2006, Oct.) Laboratory Investigations with Model Organisms – A Summer Research Internship for High School Students. Poster presentation at the National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference, K-12 Outreach Programs Poster Session. Albuquerque, NM.

Gay, A. (2006, March). Macroscopic observations and symbolic representations: Fostering chemical connections for in-service elementary teachers. Session presentation at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society. Atlanta, GA.

Shen, J. (2006, Feb.) Teaching Strategies and Conceptual Change of Science Teachers of K-8. Poster presentation at the Centers for Learning and Teaching PI Meeting. Washington, DC.

Evans, J., Wilson, J., May, V., Jordan, J., Tate, W. (2006, Feb.) Strategies for Success in School-University Partnerships. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. St. Louis, MO.

Gay, A. (2006, Jan.) Investigating the Effects of Pedagogical Contextualization of Science Content in K-8 Professional Development. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education. Portland, OR.

2005
Tomanek, D., Moreno, N., Elgin, S.C.R., Flowers, S., May, V., Dolan, E., and Tanner, K. (2005) “Points of View: Effective Partnerships Between K-12 and Higher Education.” Cell Biology Education. Vol. 4, 28-37.

Flowers, SK, Easter, C., Holmes, A., Cohen, B., Bednarski, AE, Mardis, ER, Wilson, RK, and Elgin SCR. (2005) “Genome science: a video tour of the Washington University Genome Sequencing Center for high school and undergraduate students.” Cell Biology Education. Vol. 4, pp. 291-297.

Susan K. Flowers and Carla L. Easter. (2005, Oct.) Bringing Genome Science to the Classroom. Poster presentation at the National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference, 4-Year Section Poster Session. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Susan K. Flowers and Carla L. Easter. (2005, Jul.) Bringing Genome Science to the Classroom. Workshop presentation at the Biotechnology Educators’ Conference, Fralin Biotechnology Center, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.

Shen, J. (2005, April). A framework of a professional development program for K-8 science teachers. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching. Dallas, TX.

Carla L. Easter and Susan K. Flowers. (2005, Feb.) Bringing Genome Science to Classrooms. Poster presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science National Convention.

2004
Victoria L. May, Susan K. Flowers, and Sarah C.R. Elgin. (2004, Dec.) Genomics at the high school level: Virtual sequencing, curriculum, and teacher research fellowships. Poster presentation at the American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting.

Mark Kalk and Mary C. Mohr. (2004, Nov.) Genes, Peas, and DNA in the Middle School Classroom. Workshop presentation at the National Science Teachers Association 2004 Conference. Seattle, WA.

Susan K. Flowers. (2004, Jul.) Nature Versus Nurture: How Genes and the Environment Influence Our Health. Workshop presentation at the Biotechnology Educators’ Conference, Fralin Biotechnology Center, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.

2003
Victoria L. May, Susan K. Flowers, David L. Kirk, Sarah C.R. Elgin. (2003, Dec.) Modern Genetics for All Students: A University-School Partnership Model. Poster presentation at the American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting.

Susan K. Flowers and Mary C. Mohr. (2003, Feb.) Shine On: Engineering Glow-in-the-Dark Bacteria. Workshop presentation at Interface 2003, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Conference. Tan-Tar-A, MO.