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Happy Holidays from the ISP!

By myralopez on December 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

Peace and joy to you and your family this holiday season. We truly appreciate counting you as part of our community. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year. From your friends at, Institute for School Partnership

Football Plays

By WashU on October 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

Activity: Compare a football with other kinds of sports balls; baseball, tennis ball, etc. Observe what happens when you throw them. Try throwing them straight up in the air and then a forward pass. Next try bouncing them on a hard surface (Not in your living room!) Also try catching them. Observ...

Shadow Play

By WashU on October 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

Activity: Autumn is a great time to notice how the shadows from the sun on earth are changing. Shadows become longer starting in the fall. In the morning or afternoon, trace your shadow at the same time in the same place with a piece of chalk over a couple weeks.  If your child is not familiar [&...

Inside the partnership: Jamestown Elementary

By myralopez on June 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

Sara Berghoff, fifth grade science teacher   How has the program changed the way you teach science? One of the ways the program has changed the way I teach is, now I use the inquiry method. Students were allowed to discover. Before the program, for example, I would have never let the kids wr...

Inside the partnership: Russell Elementary

By myralopez on June 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

Georgene Collier, fifth grade science teacher How has it changed the way you teach science? This program has changed the way I teach in so many ways. When I first started teaching science, I was pleased if the students did the experiment the way I told them to. But that was boring to me — […]

David Kirk

By myralopez on May 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

Evolution should be an important part of a sound K-12 science curriculum For much of his career, Washington University biology professor David Kirk, PhD, focused his research on the spherical, multicellular green alga, Volvox carteri. Kirk, in collaboration with his late wife Marilyn M. Kirk, the...

Safely observe solar eclipse with young children

By myralopez on August 15, 2017 in Educator Resources, Uncategorized

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 Soci...

ISP names new assistant director

By gbarajas on April 7, 2016 in Faculty & Staff, mySci, Science, Uncategorized

With the expansion of many ISP initiatives, including MySci from a K-5 to a K-8 science curriculum program, the ISP has identified curriculum development and educator leadership as two key priority areas in the coming years. Ruggirello, who holds a PhD in Science & Math Education, brings a ri...