Safely observe solar eclipse with young children

St. Louis and the surrounding area is abuzz with excitement about the upcoming total solar eclipse, as well it should be. This very unique experience is not to be missed, if possible. There are online resources available for information and activities, such as from the St. Louis Astronomical Society and the St. Louis Eclipse 2017 Task […]

Masters program nurtures nationwide network of biology teachers

Lauren Church joked it was going to be a photo finish. Her baby’s due date was May 15, and the recognition ceremony for her master’s in biology degree was May 16. The baby was born May 9 and seven days later Church walked across a stage at Washington University in St. Louis after earning a […]

Earth Day resources

With Earth Day just around the corner, here are some resources to engage your students in important topics around conservation, climate and much more. PARC Energy Kits & MaterialsRequest an energy kit on solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydropoweror electricity for your classroom. The goal of the curriculum is for studentsto tackle real world questions related to maximizing energy from […]

STEMpact helps increase interest in STEM at the Capitol

It’s midday at the Missouri State Capitol and the pizza line snakes around the third floor rotunda. A sure sign that it’s not business as usual in Jefferson City. March 2 was STEM Day at the Capitol which drew nearly 50 exhibitors and many more students and educators. A smiling Elizabeth Petersen mans the STEMpact […]

What are you reading? A list of our favorite childhood books!

Whether you’re 6 years old, 16 or 64 you surely have a favorite childhood book. We’re talking about the books that brought you up, with worn-out pages and a creased spine; battered and loved. The National Education Association is marking the 20th anniversary of Read Across America this year. This annual reading motivation and awareness program calls for […]

Human evolution still at work, Darwin Day speaker says

Lactose tolerance is a sign that human evolution is still at work, says Briana Pobiner, a paleoanthropologist with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. She was the keynote speaker at Darwin Day, hosted February 11, by Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership. Nearly 50 St. Louis area educators attended the event.Pobiner, an educator […]

Top evolution resources

For many K-12 educators, the topic of evolution can be an intimidating one. However, as the foundation of biology, evolution is a crucial subject to address in the science classroom. That’s why the ISP offers educators the resources they need to teach this important topic with confidence. Below is a round-up of some evolution resources curated […]

STEM TQ teachers share STEM-itized curriculum

This past summer nearly 160 educators from 13 school districts and two charter schools kicked off a yearlong professional development program called STEM Teacher Quality Initiative (STEM TQ). Launched in 2011, STEM TQ has graduated some 500 teachers.  The regional community effort aims to develop exemplary teachers who can provide quality learning in STEM, so […]

Getting teachers ready for the total solar eclipse

With great care, Paul Markovits unravels a child-sized t-shirt and dangles it before a packed room of teachers. It reads “ECLIPSE ’79,” and was worn by his 4-year-old daughter when Markovits’ young family witnessed the last total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States. That was nearly 40 years ago on February 26, 1979, and […]

Connecting K-12 students to WUSTL; Opportunities for educators & schools

Being part of the Washington University in St. Louis community means giving back. WUSTL’s Institute for School Partnership (ISP) and its campus partners offer a variety of educational opportunities and community resources for St. Louis area educators and schools. Below is a list of enrichment opportunities. K-12 Connections Programhttps://gephardtinstitute.wustl.edu/k-12-connections/K-12 Connections connects the Washington University community with volunteer opportunities […]