Theme of the month

Theme of the Month

Join us each month as we focus on a topic of interest to STEM Teacher Leaders with a webinar panel, open discussion, resources and blog post. 

March - April 2020

Science Across the Elementary Grades and Why It’s so Important

Abigail Jurist Levy

This month's theme, moderated by Abigail Jurist Levy, will explore how how often elementary science is over-looked for math and reading, and the potential impact on equity of instruction. Potential strategies to improve instruction, including the integration of science with ELA and mathematics will be examined. Be sure to read the introductory blog post, view the Webinar Panel recording, post to the month-long online discussion and browse related resources.

Abigail Jurist Levy Nancy Romance

May Jadallah 
Shannon McCloud

Expert Panel: Science Across the Elementary Grades and Why It’s so Important
Recorded: : March 17 at 3:30PM EDT
Moderator: Abigail Jurist Levy
Panelists: May Jadallah, Shannon McCloud, and Nancy Romance 



Intro Blog

Abigail Jurist Levy
Abigail Jurist Levy kicks off this month's theme, "Science Across the Elementary Grades and Why It’s so Important," with a blog post that summarizes the current research in the field. She invites you to take an active part in the upcoming webinar and the discussion.

Webinar Panel

  Recorded: March 17, 2020 at 3:30PM EDT

  Moderator: Abigail Jurist Levy
  Panelists: May Jadallah , Shannon McCloud, and Dr. Nancy Romance



In this facilitated discussion starting March 11th, we will discuss the challenge and importance of getting appropriate attention to science in the elementary grades. We invite your participation!

Synthesis Brief

Brian Drayton
In this blog post, Brian Drayton provides a synthesis of this month's theme "Science Across the Elementary Grades and Why It’s so Important," that highlights the challenges and suggested recommendations discussed by experienced teacher-leaders and other educators who participated in this month's discussion and expert panel.

Theme Videos

A series of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) modules were created to promote higher-level thinking and spatial skills. Students collaboratively work with partners and use GIS to solve complex, map-based problems.
The NSF-funded SABES project has designed and implemented a 45 hr course for school principals to support implementation of NGSS.
This video summarizes some of the citizen science research projects from the iEvolve STEM MSP project in which students are participating.
This video shows how one of our grade 3 modules, “Populations and Habitat,” gives students opportunities to understand and explore key ideas of CT such as modeling (both physical and digital) and data analysis while exploring concepts of life science.
Through Making Sense of Science and Literacy, an Investing in Innovation (i3) project, we have worked to address the needs of teachers on all fronts. This video provides a a glimpse into our process and some of the educators we've supported on their journey to NGSS implementation. 
Our project seeks to understand what kinds of supports are needed to help science teachers act as leaders in their buildings in order to promote sustainable science instruction aligned with NGSS, in the context of a large urban district.
The focus of the video is to document how our current NSF DR K12 project is designed to advance STEM education by providing ‘all’ students (grades 1-2) with a quality, interdisciplinary science and literacy program and demonstrating empirically student achievement outcomes on norm-referenced tests in science and reading comprehension.