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Workshop Highlights


Workshop Highlights


•  Arkansas Team works with Eisenhower SSI and NASA's Project NOVA.

•  University of Delaware Team and Delaware Science Coalition join in reform efforts.

•  Delaware Team collaborates with Delaware Science in Motion Van Project.

•  Western Washington Team offers intensive workshops for Summer 1998.

•  Hawaii Team procures Eisenhower funds for elementary workshops.

•  Fullerton Team joins San Diego Unified School District and others in future workshops.

•  CPU Project and Modeling Physics Workshop begin collaboration.


      Some activities of just a few of the twenty-five CPU Leadership teams are featured below. These teams and others have exceeded the CPU Project's commitment to NSF, thus extending CPU's impact on science education.
      Several teams are working to augment CPU funds with support from
The National Faculty (TNF), and from a program within TNF, the Delta Teachers Academy. TNF and the Academy generously co-sponsored the Arkansas team's CPU workshop in Summer 1997. Twenty-nine elementary and middle school teachers attended the Arkansas workshop. Teachers received four hours of graduate credit in physics, as well as stipends, room and board for non-local participants, and equipment to take back to their classrooms. Since TNF programs run for three years, these teachers were offered the opportunity to request and develop their own new workshop program for summer 1998. They unanimously chose to continue with CPU. TNF is providing similar support in 1998 workshop for new and continuing CPU teachers in Arkansas.


Arkansas Team, from top left: Andy Sustich, Larry Mink, Connie Smith, and Karen Ladd.


      The Arkansas team is beginning discussions with the Eisenhower/State Systemic Initiative staff regarding workshops to train physics faculty, science education faculty, and lead teachers throughout the state in CPU materials and pedagogy. The goal is to propagate CPU to a statewide audience. Pending renewal of the Arkansas SSI grant from NSF, the Arkansas team expects to begin leadership workshops in summer 2000. These leaders would subsequently present CPU workshops in summer 2001.
      Dr. Andy Sustich of the Arkansas team is also working to incorporate the CPU material and pedagogy in the preservice training of teachers at Arkansas State University. Sustich, along with the Assistant Dean of Education and a faculty member from Elementary Education, will apply to NASA's Project NOVA (a program designed to help universities improve their K-12 teacher education). They aim to use NOVA as a catalyst to implement the CPU materials and pedagogy in the preservice elementary teacher training beginning in fall 1998, and to further modify their science education for teachers at all K-12 levels using the CPU pedagogy.



Delaware Team, clockwise: David Onn, Mary Anne Wells, Aletha Ramseur, and Pamela Perdue.

      The University of Delaware team is giving CPU workshops in response to a request by the Delaware Science Coalition, who is leading a systemic reform effort in the area of elementary science. The Coalition is supported by a $5 million grant from NSF and by local corporations. The team gave one workshop in 1997 and is giving another in 1998. Participants are primarily elementary teachers who are involved in the DE education reform effort. Some of these teachers will be responsible for working with classroom teachers in their school districts. Additional workshop participants are middle school teachers seeking concept development in the area of physics. Workshops are offered as a graduate course at the University of Delaware, and participants earn four hours of graduate credit. Delaware workshops are supported with a combination of funds from CPU, Eisenhower, The State of Delaware, and the Delaware Science Coalition.

      The Delaware team has also been collaborating with the Delaware Science in Motion Van Project to use the CPU approach to develop activities tailored to the Van Project's needs. The Van Project is a result of the collaboration of the Delaware Science Coalition (local corporate sponsorships), Delaware Department of Education, and participating local school districts. This project involves public schools throughout the state by delivering equipment to school sites and mentoring site teachers during the visit. One of the team members, high school teacher Mary Anne Wells, will be working with the Van Project Summer Workshop to prepare teachers for a van visit during the coming school year.

      Some of the key staff of the Van Project are shown in the accompanying photograph: (back, left to right) Richard Gregg, Principal, Concord High School, Harry Dillner, Delaware Science in Motion Van Project, Thomas Carper, Governeor of the State of Delaware, Robert Johnson, Dupont Company, Jack Cairns, Delaware Department of Education, Jack Collette, Dupont Company, Larry Mauer, Brandywine School District Science Supervisor; (front, left to right) Mary Anne Wells, Christiana High School/CPU Delaware Team, Kathy Melvin, Delaware Science in Motion Van Project, Iris Mets, Delaware Secretary of Education, Lyn Newsome, Concord High School Science Department, and Nancy Doorey, Delaware State Board of Education.

Western Washington Team, from left: Jim Stewart, Dottie Simpson, and Alan Cairns. (David Gewanter, not shown in the photo, is represented by the "Smiley" face.)

      Western Washington University (WWU) offered an intensive workshop in Summer 1997, and is giving a similar one in 1998. Participants earn five 500 level Science Education credits during the summer and may earn an additional two 400 level credits by completing certain follow up activities. These include using CPU pedagogy in their own classes and sharing what they learned in some way with other teachers. WWU workshops are supported by CPU and Eisenhower funds. More information about the WWU workshops can be found on their web site at



Hawaii Team, two of the Hawaii team members are Arnold Feldman and Sylvia Kaizuka.

      The Hawaii team procured Eisenhower funds to completely sponsor a CPU workshop for fourteen elementary teachers from six different schools in the Hawaiian Islands. The workshop participants worked through the Light and Color, and Current Electricity units. (In the CPU workshops for elementary teachers, the participants actually work through units as students.) Although the units are not designed for elementary age children, many teachers are eager to make modifications so they can do similar activities with their students. At the end of the Hawaii workshop, one teacher wrote, "The most effective aspect is having the teachers use the supplies as their students would. This helps the teacher to foresee any complications as well as results."


CSU Fullerton Team, from left: Sandy Grindle, Roger Nanes, and Kevin Dempsey.


      The San Diego Unified School District and their Urban Systemic Initiative (USI) staff have expressed a keen interest in the CPU project. In Summer 1998 a CPU workshop will be given to the District's high school teachers, plus teachers from other local districts. The workshop is supported by a combination funds from the various districts, San Diego's USI, and CPU. The California State University at Fullerton team will host the workshop using facilities at San Diego State University.

      A collaboration between the CPU Project and the Modeling Physics Workshop is underway. Through the Modeling Project, CPU will be able to reach a significantly larger number of high school teachers than originally anticipated. The CPU project is training some key people from Modeling Physics, then these people will be instrumental in introducing Modeling Physics high school teachers to the CPU pedagogy and materials.

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