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 […]

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 […]

Undergrads teach, inspire high school students

Out front of Lopata House at Washington University in St. Louis, an elaborate game of tag is underway. A group of high school students are zig-zagging through their peers to grab candy from a designated area without getting stuck with a Post-it note. Inside the building, students in classrooms are creating marshmallow towers and playing […]

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 […]

ISP welcomes new hires

Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership continues to grow with the addition of four new members to its team. INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALIST Victoria Engel credits having great science teachers for igniting her love of science.  Specifically, she remembers a sixth-grade teacher who got her involved in a science fair. “I really enjoyed conducting my own research […]

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 […]

Mentoring the next generation of scientists

Last weekend, Washington University hosted the 7th annual St. Louis Area Brain Bee (SLABB) in Rebstock Hall on the Danforth Campus. The Brain Bee is an international neuroscience competition for students in grades 9-12. This year, 55 students from 44 high schools around the St. Louis region participated in the SLABB. The event featured hands-on […]

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 […]