Framework provides essential criteria for development and delivery of equitable science learning

Teaching science in a way that includes and engages all learners can be challenging for educators, but a new framework developed by the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis (ISP) provides criteria for equitable lesson development in elementary science. A team of researchers and practitioners identified six categories that must be […]

ISP welcomes first Saint Louis Translational Fellow in Education

The Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis (ISP) is pleased to welcome Pallavi Chhabra as a postdoctoral researcher for the Fall 2023 semester. A postdoctoral research associate with the Education Department at Washington University, Dr. Chhabra is among the first researchers to participate in The Saint Louis Translational Fellowship in Education, […]

Jefferson City’s first STEM school partners with ISP to become STEMcapable

Roller coasters are fun, but for safety’s sake, they must be designed, built and maintained by mechanical engineers. It’s a STEM career path that Adrianna Koty has enjoyed discussing recently with the fifth graders in her class at Thorpe Gordon STEM Academy in Jefferson City, Missouri. “Giving students real-world problems to solve and think about […]

Empowering teachers (Links to an external site)

In 2020, Washington University in St. Louis joined St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) in a bold new experiment to turn around two of the district’s lowest performing elementary schools, Ashland Elementary in North St. Louis and Meramec Elementary in South St. Louis. Only it wasn’t an experiment at all. Read about how teachers from these two […]

STEM equity champion Deb Holmes passes torch for teacher quality program with powerful message: Any Child Can Learn Anything

When teachers arrive for the first morning of STEM Teacher Quality (TQ) they know they’re in for something immersive and special. With support from their districts, they’ve just committed a full year of their time and energy to an experience that promises to boost their confidence and skills in the subjects of science, technology, engineering […]

ISP Partners with MilliporeSigma to SPARK passion for STEM learning worldwide

Jacky Bransome is neither a scientist nor a teacher. But she happens to know that fireflies aren’t the best way to explain chemiluminescence to students living in her part of the world. Turns out that fireflies aren’t a thing in Gillingham, UK. It’s one of many fun facts she’s picked up over the years through […]

ISP’s Lauren Ashman Recognized with WashU’s Emerging Leader Award

Lauren Ashman, program manager and instructional specialist for the mySci Program at The Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis (ISP),  has been recognized with the Emerging Leader Award. The Emerging Leader Award recognizes a Washington University employee who positively influences and leads others at the university, in their community and in […]

valuing science learning

For children to learn and love science takes time and intention One of many lessons I have taken away from the pandemic is just how critical basic science education can be to our daily lives. While both national and state education experts agree that hands-on science teaching and learning best set kids up for success, […]

addressing root causes

The gap in access to STEM education and careers is often talked about in terms of who.   Who is taught and affirmed around their STEM learning capabilities? When responding to this question, we usually reference girls, Black students and populations of students named as Students of Color. Who then do speak about when we think […]

It’s All About the Place

Patti Pyatt, an experienced fourth grade teacher, eagerly accepted the challenge of teaching at Meramec Elementary, one of the most under-resourced neighborhood schools in the St. Louis Public School District.   “It’s not easy,” she admits. “But we have been learning a lot because our school is part of the innovation zone. I’ve been making some […]