Mud pies, math and mess with meaning

Mud pies, math and mess with meaning
Even when their play is mud-pie messy, preschool children are learning skills they need for socializing, language, and math. “Young learners are capable of higher-level thinking, and much like adults, they appreciate authentic work,” says Corrie Hamilton, a teacher at Julia Goldstein Early Childhood Education Center (JGECEC) in University City, where plans are underway for […]

ISP Associate Director Rachel Ruggirello receives national recognition for significant contributions to STEM education in the St. Louis region

ISP Associate Director Rachel Ruggirello receives national recognition for significant contributions to STEM education in the St. Louis region
Rachel Ruggirello, associate director of the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis, is the 2022 recipient of the Outstanding Administrative Support Award by the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA). The award is given annually to honor one educator who is working outside the classroom at school, district and city/county levels […]

Growing Stronger Together: An Improvement Science Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Growing Stronger Together: An Improvement Science Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
For the past 30 years, the Institute for School Partnership (ISP), an academic center at Washington University in St. Louis, has worked regionally with schools and community organizations to empower educators and improve educational outcomes for all students. The ISP offers a variety of programs that serve approximately 189,000 students and 3,850 teachers from 56 school districts and 64 independent schools annually. […]

Expertise of Washington University faculty, staff, tapped by Ritenour School District to co-develop science courses

A two-year collaboration between teachers at the Ritenour School District and faculty and staff from Washington University in St. Louis culminates this year with four completely new high school science courses.  Instructional specialists with WashU’s Institute for School Partnership (ISP) and Michael Wysession, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and an expert on the Next […]

ISP helps teachers bring university research to life in classrooms

It’s mid-July and in a fourth-floor lab at Washington University in St. Louis, Brittany Daugs, sporting goggles and a mask, is carefully cutting silicon pieces into squares and laying them out on glass gel plates. “I am preparing silicon-coated substrates that will become electro-deposited with bismuth selenide,” she explains. “We will then investigate the growth, […]

ISP’s Nikki Doughty talks educational challenges, opportunities in podcast

In a two-part podcast, ISP Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives Nikki Doughty spoke with Terrell Carter, the President and Executive Director of Rise, for the podcast series entitled Communities Forward. They discussed the challenges and opportunities related to education in the St. Louis region. In particular, Doughty touched on the ISP’s work to develop stronger […]

Local partnerships re-envision math instruction

Successful completion of algebra 1 is the gatekeeper to higher-level math and is required for virtually any education beyond high school. That makes math education an equity issue. A  2019 article in the Journal for Research and Mathematics Education states, “It’s well documented that Black and Hispanic students are underrepresented in eighth-grade algebra courses. As […]

ISP partnership brings agriculture into Missouri classrooms

How do plants grow? Where does food come from? Who grows your food? Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Missouri. The state is home to 95,000 farms, according to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, covering two-thirds of the state’s total land acreage, with the top commodities being soybeans, corn, cattle, hogs, and turkeys. But despite […]