Creating a new generation of educators

Good teachers make for engaged students and stable schools. That’s why Washington University in St. Louis is partnering with St. Louis Teacher Residency to train and support a new generation of educators. “As an institution of higher education and one of the region’s largest employers, Washington University knows that strong K-12 schools are vital to […]

ISP backed science fair workshop a powerful learning experience

(February 21, 2018 by Molly Davis) On a Saturday afternoon, local elementary school students and their families filed into a classroom for the “Getting Started with Science Fair” workshop, ready to spend the next few hours preparing to apply the scientific method to a question that interested the students. The group listened intently to the opening […]

Hawthorn InvestiGirls program takes homework help to next level

(February 19, 2018 by Diane Toroian Keaggy) Seventh-grader Michelle Kenton is not like a lot of her classmates. At Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, a school where many students are good readers, Kenton admits that she gets nervous reading aloud. But she loves math, often besting her peers on tests and assignments. Hawthorn InvestiGirls, an after-school […]

Celebrating science at the ISP’s annual Darwin Day

A life-size cutout of Charles Darwin stands in the corner. Next to him are party hats and a selfie stick. His face adorns a birthday cake that’s wheeled out to much excitement. Numbers are read and fossils are raffled off. Attendees sport buttons that read “I love evolution” and “Team Darwin.” This isn’t your ordinary […]

Brain power on display at annual WashU Brain Bee

“Sonic hedgehog is important for the development of what part of the nervous system?” With his answer (spinal cord, also accepted cerebellum) Akhil Kondepudi, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, clinched the 2018 St. Louis Area Brain Bee. An annual neuroscience competition held at Washington University in St. Louis. His top showing was […]

ISP faculty fellow honored

Institute for School Partnership Faculty Fellow David Kirk is being honored as an outstanding science educator by the Academy of Science – St. Louis. Kirk, PhD, professor emeritus in the Department of Biology in Arts & Sciences, has been chosen to receive the 2018 Science Educator Award. It recognizes a distinguished individual on the basis of outstanding contributions […]

ISP leads Hour of Code

“I made it move,” an ecstatic Jalen Royston said as he bolted up from his seat, pumping his fists in the air. He’d inputted the correct code to make clouds on his computer screen move to the left. Sporting a “Hello, I’m Awesome” T-shirt, Jalen, a fifth-grader at Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School in The […]

ISP partners with foundation to support makerspace kits in classrooms

When packing for college, most students take bed sheets, maybe a shower caddy and a laptop. Josh Seidel packed a tool box – an obvious choice for an aspiring engineer. Also, a fortuitous decision as it immediately came in handy on his first day at the University of Missouri. “The first interaction I had with […]

K-12 Ambassador Spotlight: Aysswarya Manoharan

K-12 Connections is a partnership of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, the Institute for School Partnership, and the Office of Government and Community Relations. It connects the Washington University community with volunteer opportunities involving high-needs urban school districts in the St. Louis area, primarily through classroom field trips to campus for enrichment experiences and exposure to college […]

Going the distance: Student gliders soar at Washington University

“We’ve got a lot of bragging rights,” a jubilant Zack Hurley said. The senior from Calhoun High School in Hardin, Illinois, was part of a quartet that went the distance at the final flight of the Boeing Engineering Design Challenge, held May 3 in the Washington University Field House. Their glider, dubbed No Pain, No […]