mySci program boosts science learning, standardized test scores

Pattonville School District elementary students – at every grade level and of every ability – have made statistically significant gains in science after completing the innovative mySci curriculum developed by the Institute for School Partnership (ISP) at Washington University in St. Louis. The data confirm what ISP Executive Director Victoria May has observed for years in […]

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 […]

STEM TQ teachers share STEM-itized curriculum

This past summer nearly 160 educators from 13 school districts and two charter schools kicked off a yearlong professional development program called STEM Teacher Quality Initiative (STEM TQ). Launched in 2011, STEM TQ has graduated some 500 teachers.  The regional community effort aims to develop exemplary teachers who can provide quality learning in STEM, so […]

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 […]

The evolution of David Kirk

When David Kirk was leaving for college, his father had some parting words for him – professors would try and teach him about evolution and he wasn’t to believe a word they said. The advice wasn’t completely unexpected. Kirk’s dad was religiously ultraconservative. Kirk, professor emeritus in the Department of Biology in Arts & Sciences at […]

Connecting K-12 students with the arts

For Joanna Das, sharing her love of the arts with high school students and encouraging their creativity has always been important. As a graduate student, she went against her professor’s advice and decided to teach a Saturday dance class to high school students at the Museum of the City of New York. Her professor thought […]

Being smart is cool

“It’s OK to be smart, and it’s actually really cool,” Jeanne Norris says. The curriculum coordinator with the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University is sitting at a table typing away on her laptop adorned with a sticker that says, “Be The Nerd.” “I consider myself a standards wonk,” she says. “Nothing makes me […]

ISP receives Boeing grant for STEM education initiative

The Boeing Company has long understood the importance of improving STEM education in the St. Louis region with its continued support of the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis. The Boeing Company recently awarded the ISP a grant for STEMpact, a unique collaboration of the St. Louis area’s top STEM companies, […]

Encouraging University City High School students to think deep

“I think there’s more diversity now,” said one student.  “Oh, I don’t think so at all,” another quickly countered. It’s mid-morning on November 17, and these ninth-graders from University City High School are at Washington University having a robust discussion on the book “Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Written as a letter […]

Bridging education research and practice

Great strides are being made in education research. Despite those great efforts by great people challenges persist. In particular, effectively scaling up or replicating successful educational programs proves difficult. The solution to bridging the gap between research and practice is Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR). William Penuel, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and […]