Like a spelling bee, but for neuroscience: WashU Brain Bee set for Feb. 16

Erik Herzog was starting to get concerned. He was deep into the oral portion of the 2018 St. Louis Area Brain Bee and the unthinkable was on the horizon: He was running out of questions. “The contestants had never performed so well in the past,” said Herzog, professor of biology in Arts & Sciences at […]

STEM TQ participants start popular STEM Facebook page

It’s often the case that teachers go to seminars and workshops and get really excited, but then life takes over and that energy fizzles out. That’s exactly what Lisa Graham, a K-4 special education teacher at Coverdell Elementary School in the City of St. Charles School District, and Jessica Lawrence, who teaches fourth-grade at Harris […]

S'mores + science = fun for visiting Chinese students

It’s the moment of reckoning exclaims an excited Kathleen Dwyer as she hands two Chinese youths the makings for s’mores. Turning the treat over in their fingers, the boys eye the dessert with some suspicion. “Ready?” asks Dwyer, a chemistry teacher at Maplewood–Richmond Heights High School. “Try it. It’s beautiful,” she says. Slowly the boys bring […]

St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlights STEMpact program

To help fill a pipeline of future scientists and engineers, many teachers in the St. Louis area are “stemitizing” — integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts into all school subjects. One such effort, STEMpact’s Teacher Quality program, trains 150 kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers on how to incorporate the concepts into their curriculum in hopes […]

Never too late: MS in Biology program graduates first Texas cohort

Sara King was six years old when she started working in the fields. Born to migrant workers in Mexico that resettled in west Texas every summer – the pattern played out until she was 18. “It wasn’t easy,” recalls the now American citizen. “I would miss school. We would be out from May to September. […]

St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlights teacher residency program

(March 11, 2018 by Kristen Taketa, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, photos by Robert Cohen) For the past two years, St. Louis Public Schools leaders have been looking for answers to this question: Why do our teachers leave? School leaders think it’s largely because many first-year teachers are not adequately prepared. It’s possible, for example, to be […]

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 […]

Q&A with Missouri biology teacher of the year

Ryan Lacson, a 2013 graduate of the Master of Science in Biology for Science Teachers program at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named the 2017 Missouri Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Biology Teachers. Lacson is a science teacher at Galena High School in Galena, Missouri. He also sponsors Galena High School’s Beta […]

mySci module garners national recognition

A recent recognition of the Institute for School Partnership’s mySci curriculum is especially rewarding for Jeanne Norris. That’s because it comes from her peers. The EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science (PRP), of which Norris is a member, has identified mySci’s middle school Module 5 Waves as a high-quality lesson and unit designed for the […]

mySci program highlighted in The Warren County Record

An article on the introduction of the mySci curriculum program into the Warrenton School District was featured on the homepage of The Warren County Record’s website on September 18, 2017. Elementary and middle school students in the district will use the innovative, hands-on program that was developed by Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership and local […]