ATLANTA—Georgia State University College of Education & Human Development faculty members Brian Williams, Nancy Schafer and Diane Truscott have established a new project to provide access to quality science instruction at Title I elementary schools in Atlanta.
Williams, Schafer and Truscott will design and implement a new professional development model called the Sci-Bridge Project for teachers and teachers-in-training that combines best practices in science education with teaching methods that are most effective for students from diverse, low-income communities.
They’ll lead a summer academy and series of workshops for 30 College of Education & Human Development teacher education students and 20 science teachers who will go on to impact about 1,420 students in metro-Atlanta schools.
“The Sci-Bridge Project addresses some of the equity-related challenges in science education facing schools today,” said Williams, the project’s principal investigator. “Through the project, we hope to nurture our teachers’ abilities to bridge the history, culture and lived experiences of the children they teach with effective science instruction. The project will contribute to the education community’s understanding of urban teacher development.”
This work is supported by a two-year, $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. For more information, click here.