CSU, Chico News

Grant Will Help Teachers Improve Science Learning

Date: 01-11-2016

Sarah Langford
Dana Johnston, Grants Office
College of Communication and Education

Elementary Educators Being Recruited to Participate

California State University, Chico is now recruiting teams of elementary teachers and their principals to participate in Project Experience Science, Technology, Engineering, Electronics and Math (ESTEEM), a two-year professional science learning grant recently secured by the University.

The grant aims to improve instructional practice and leadership in elementary science in northeastern California through the development of locally focused standards-aligned curriculum. It also aims to create partnerships among schools, the University, and science and technology resources in the region such as those in industry and agriculture.

Project ESTEEM is funded through the California Department of Education's Mathematics and Science Professional Learning Initiative, and is a part of the department's Improving Teacher Quality program.

Teams from all elementary schools in northeastern California--public, charter and private--are eligible to apply for 2016–2018. For an application, please contact teacher-grants@csuchico.edu.

Educators participating in Project ESTEEM will learn

  • the California academic content standards in science based on Next Generation Science Standards;
  • techniques for science curriculum development that include Project-Based Interdisciplinary Instruction and Universal Design for Learning;
  • how to integrate Common Core content literacy and reading comprehension with science;
  • how to meet the science learning needs of English-language learners;
  • how to apply the action research-based Collective Instructional Leadership System developed at CSU, Chico for continuous improvement in education; and
  • the science and technology resources and expertise available in northeastern California that include agriculture, industry, museums, natural areas and higher education.

Principals will also learn strategies for supporting teacher growth and high-quality, standards-aligned elementary science education.

Collaboration and teamwork are essential in Project ESTEEM. Grade-level teams who work across districts within the region will develop innovative elementary science curriculum units.

Project co-directors are CSU, Chico School of Education professors Michael Kotar and Ben Seipel. Supporting school districts are the Red Bluff Union Elementary District, headed by Superintendent William McCoy; and the Paradise Unified School District, headed by Superintendent Donna Colosky.

For an application or more information, please contact teacher-grants@csuchico.edu or the College of Communication and Education's grants office at 530-898-6146.