As part of the UNC Greensboro STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative’s (TLC) commitment to provide quality support to area science teachers, 20 elementary teachers from schools in the North Carolina counties of Harnett, Randolph, Rockingham, and Guilford visited campus for a summer institute. This collaboration of teachers worked to support excellent science education in local schools.
The group engaged in student-centered ideas that they can take back to their classrooms. Teachers had the opportunity to practice using Storylines to teach hands-on, 30-minute science lessons. They practiced participating as students and analyzing as teachers the components of Storylines: phenomena, science probe, science talk, and connected investigations.
Coordinating the STEM TLC were Dr. Alison Mercier, University of Wyoming; Dearing Blankmann, UNCG PhD candidate; and Rita Jennings, retired from the UNCG School of Education. Teacher leaders included Amy Jamison, Monroeton Elementary School, and Annabelle Jones, Moss Street Partnership School.
The STEM TLC at UNCG is a collaboration of elementary teachers, faculty members, graduate students, school and district administrators, and community members passionately dedicated to creating a network of support for teachers in high-needs schools who are committed to integrating science and engineering into elementary classrooms. Funding for this seminar was provided by Summit Rotary.