Using video as a reflective tool, Brittany Woods Middle School teachers see new goals for themselves

Using video as a reflective tool, Brittany Woods Middle School teachers see new goals for themselves
When  approached with the opportunity to watch videos of herself guiding a classroom of eighth graders through a science lesson, Jennifer Steimel was less than enthusiastic. “I totally dreaded it at first,” admits Steimel, who joined the staff at Brittany Woods Middle School (BWMS) in University City in Fall 2022 armed with nine years of […]

Keeping science learning engaging for students starts with intention and trusted partnership

Keeping science learning engaging for students starts with intention and trusted partnership
“This is going to be fun!” When fifth graders walk into a classroom set up for the next science lesson with that level of enthusiasm, something very right is happening, and it’s not magic.  Their teacher, Sarah Carter, knows engaging science learning – the messy kind, with hands-on lessons and authentic, sometimes unpredictable inquiry that […]

STEMpact’s STEM Teacher Quality (TQ) seeks teachers for eleventh cohort of STEM learning

STEMpact’s STEM Teacher Quality (TQ) seeks teachers for eleventh cohort of STEM learning
Educational leaders throughout the St. Louis region are invited to boost STEM learning for K-8 students in their schools and districts by encouraging teachers to participate in STEM TQ, an immersive professional learning experience designed to enhance teaching and learning about science, technology, engineering and math. Applications to participate in the 2023-2024 STEM TQ Cohort […]

Institute for School Partnership-led efforts to improve math outcomes featured in national publication

Institute for School Partnership-led efforts to improve math outcomes featured in national publication
An ISP-led collaboration with three St. Louis area school districts aimed at improving math outcomes for all students is featured in Success Stories from Catalyzing Change, a new book published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Available now on pre-order, the book, edited by Karen J. Graham, Robert Q. Berry III, Sarah […]

When encouraged to lead, teachers lean into what they know best: their students

When encouraged to lead, teachers lean into what they know best: their students
Brittany Stephens was on the lookout for an old-fashioned rotary phone over the summer.  No stranger to kindergarteners or the classroom, Stephens is confident that having the clunky relic on hand will help kindergarten students in her classroom grasp the concepts of then and now.  “Being encouraged to think creatively and find the tools I […]

Summer collaborations bring WashU research labs alive for area high school teachers

Summer collaborations bring WashU research labs alive for area high school teachers
“Science is something we do.” For longtime high school science teacher David Ganey, the key to engaging students in a deeper understanding of science in the real world lies in focusing on what they can see, touch and feel. “What exactly does an environmental scientist do?” he asks. “You can tell students about it, or […]