Improving Teacher Quality Grant Initiative
The School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation (STEPP) and the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) are working with science teachers in the CSU Alliance School Partnership and with the Colorado Department of Higher Education to a address the shortage of highly qualified teachers science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Alliance School science teachers will receive scholarships that enable them to increase their knowledge and qualifications by completing three online Natural Science Education courses that are part of the Master’s in Natural Sciences Education course sequence at CSU. Scholarship recipients will be supported by instructional coaches, university faculty, and an online community to ensure their success.
Additionally, funding will provide for the development and implementation of STEM-related course materials into CSU classes, evaluation of the project’s impact on student achievement, and will provide feedback to professors for further refinement of the courses. CSU is also partnering with BSCS, a nonprofit science education research and development organization, to examine the impact of the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant.
Two teachers per building will receive: $4,500.00 scholarships to take 3 online courses in the Master’s of Natural Sciences Education program.
Each scholarship recipient will also receive $872.00 to purchase materials associated with the program, such as textbooks and materials for small-scale science labs.
Also, the Master’s in Natural Science Education website is: http://www.learn.colostate.edu/degrees/natural-sciences-education/curriculum.dot
Participants in this project will receive a certificate of completion. They will register as “guests” so they do not have to worry about the formal graduate school application process. Please contact Dr. Cerissa Stevenson if you are interested in participating in this project.
They were also granted funds to provide $2,500.00 stipends to building coaches. They are needing
A recommendation from Alliance School Principals
Someone with supervisory training (coaching or administrative)
Preferably someone with a principal license
Coaching responsibilities will include
Observe scholarship recipient teaching at least once per semester (spring, fall, and spring)
Participate in conference calls with other coaches and CSU grant project coordinators/evaluators
Provide feedback to teachers and to CSU coordinators/evaluators (Observations are not evaluative, but are for coaching purposes).
For more information please contact:
Dr. Cerissa Stevenson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Grant Project Coordinator
School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation (STEPP); 970 491-0922
Summer STEM for Teachers July 11-15, 2011
The 2011 Weather and Climate for Teachers course, sponsored by CMMAP and the Little Shop of Physics will provide necessary teaching techniques and knowledge of atmospheric science to teachers.
15 teachers will be selected to participate. Feb. 1st - Nomination Information needed.
The information needed will be:
Once selected to participate, teachers will have to fill out the registration form online. Registration online will be available in February or March at 2011. Course Website: http://www.cmmap.org/scienceEd/summercourse/summerCourse11/
January 21, 2011 - Colorado Counselors visit at CSU Campus
CSU Days at Pueblo Central and Trinidad High School - October 27 & 28, 2010
We are excited about CSU DAY at Pueblo Central High School on Wednesday, October 27th and Trinidad High School on Thursday, October, 28th. This will be a daylong event where CSU faculty and staff will present to students in the classroom about various topics including information about different majors, careers and planning for college. President of Colorado State University, Dr. Tony Frank will also join us and will speak to the students about the importance of a college education in an afternoon assembly. You can read about last years CSU Days at Rocky Ford High School under Past Events.
CSU Diversity Conference - High School Focus Day - October 6, 2010
The 2010 High School CSU Diversity Conference will also be held on Oct. 6th at the CSU Lory Student Center. We hope you have already registered your students for this terrific event since the conference is full and registration is now closed.
Alliance Partnership Fall Meeting - October 6, 2010
The Alliance fall meeting for Alliance Schools will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 6th at Colorado State University in the Longs Peak Room at the Lory Student Center from 8:30 – 3:00pm. It is important that we have representatives from each school. Mary and I are looking forward to seeing you all and will, of course have a full agenda for you.
Weather and Climate for High School Teachers - July 11-18, 2010
This course offers five days of lessons on the science of the atmosphere. Each class session will begin with hands-on activities designed by Colorado State University's Little Shop of Physics team (ranging from making a simple model of radiation transport in the earth's atmosphere to making ice cream with liquid nitrogen); followed by a lecture (presented by CSU professor of Atmospheric Sciences Scott Denning, a very engaging teacher who has a real knack for teaching complex concepts to nonspecialists); and conclude with extension activities using real data presented by a team of graduate students from CSU's Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP). Teachers will not only learn a great deal, they'll get ideas to take back to the classroom and an opportunity to share ideas and insights with teachers from all over the state—and other states as well. CMMAP provides support for the course which includes tuition for CSU credit, a stipend, and about $250 of equipment and supplies. The Alliance Partnership pays for lodging costs. CMMAP and the Alliance Partnership cover meals. Thus, there is no cost to participants!
The following teachers were selected for the Summer 2010 Weather and Climate Course:
Rocky Ford High School: Dave Ritter, Joy Klein
Fort Lupton High School: Brian McGee, Holly Sheldon, Jesus Hierro
Sierra High School: Cynthia Huddleston
Centauri High School: Stephanie Parrish, Mark Parrish, Josh Cantu
Montezuma-Cortez High School: Sussana Turose-Gaddes
Adams City High School: Lindsay Kasuga
Central High School: Tom Murray, Benjamin LoCascio, N. Wayne Doerr
Trinidad High School: Carrie Gongaware
John Mall JR SR High School: Ron Streigel, Deb Streigel, Clay Helms
Hinkley High School: John Gaskell, Alice Adetoye
For questions about stipends, registration, the schedule, or other administrative details, contact Melissa Burt, CMMAP Education and Diversity Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about the content of the course, the CSU credit, the materials, the activities, contact Brian Jones, Director, Little Shop of Physics at Brian.Jones@colostate.edu
For questions about housing and dining or the Alliance Partnership—and how teachers were chosen to take part in this program—contact Mary Ontiveros, Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Access at Mary.Ontiveros@colostate.eduSpring Alliance Partnership Meeting - April 30, 2010 (hosted by Rocky Ford H.S.)
Alliance Partnership Spring Meeting
The highlight of the Spring meeting was a presentation by Dr. Tom Cavanagh, Dr. Angus Hikairo Macfarlane, and Dr. Ted Glynn to further explore "The Culture of Care" initiative for Alliance Partnership schools. Representatives from Colorado State's Alliance Partnership provided updates on summer programs for students and teachers, outreach efforts, and the Diversity Conference - High School Visit Day scheduled for October 6, 2010 (information will be sent out at the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year). Partnership High Schools also provided highlights/spotlights on programs at their schools. The Fall Meeting has been scheduled for October 1, 2010.
Alliance Partnership Fall Meeting, September 29, 2009
Held at Adams City High School, the guest speaker, Dr. Tom Cavanagh, discussed "The Culture of Care" -- a project he developed while working in New Zealand on a Fulbright Fellowship. Focused on raising Maori student achievement in New Zealand, Dr. Cavanagh related how we can create peaceful and caring relationships and use restorative justice practices in schools to respond to student wrong doing and conflict in conjunction with a culturally appropriate pedagogy of relations in classrooms, under the umbrella of a "culture of care."
2009 Most Influential Educators - August 2009
Colorado State University’s Alliance High School Partnership Program selected eight teachers in Colorado as the “2009 Most Influential Educator.”
It is generally understood that the quality and effectiveness of teachers plays a critical role in the continuous growth and achievement of students. President Obama recently noted, “From the moment a student enters a school, the single most important factor in their success is the person in front of the classroom. Everyone of us can point to a teacher who inspired us and in some way shaped the course of our lives.”
Through the “Most Influential Educator” program, the Alliance Partnership recognizes individuals who have made a significant positive impact on the lives of students. Recipients must be nominated by a student currently attending Colorado State University through the Alliance Program.
The following is the list of 2009 Most Influential Educators and their nominators:
Annell Weissenbuehler, Hinkley High School – nominated by Jillian Jaeger. Jillian writes: “Ms. Weissenbuehler challenged her students to find the deeper meaning in everything that we do, which is a lesson that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”
Melva Hall, Sierra High School – nominated by Jesse Wickham. Jesse writes: “Ms Hall is the burning spirit that defines what a student can feel like if they are to continue their education in college.”
Mike Campbell, Fort Lupton High School – nominated by Ashley Howard. Ashley writes: “As the principal of our school, Mr. Campbell always had a smile on his face and was willing to help students with anything they needed.
Kathy Kochevar, Pueblo Central High School – nominated by Kara Kochenberger and Caitlin Richards. Both Kara and Caitlin noted that Ms. Kochevar’s English class was their best preparation for college. “She always pushed me to do my best work… she gave me encouragement and positive criticism that helped a great deal with my writing.”
Jeff Kochenberger, Pueblo Central High School – nominated by Kara Kochenberger. Kara notes: “Mr.Kochenberger, a math teacher at Central, is my dad! He and my mom made me feel like I could do anything and I think that had the biggest influence on me.”
Nicole Mosher,Montezuma-Cortez High School – nominated by Jessica Murski. Jessica writes: “Ms.Mosher, in the Talent Search Program, helped reduce the stress of going to college by helping with applications and deadlines.”
Rebecca Grainger, Sierra High School – nominated by Angela Abbott. Angela writes:“Ms. Grainger’s science classes were among the first to be a real challenge for me. She made me realize I would be able to do well in college despite any doubts I had.”
Megan Taylor, Hinkley High School — nominated by Gabriela Aguayo. Gabriela writes:“Ms. Taylor went out of her way to give our class all the resources we needed and devoted so much time to helping us progress towards our future.”
The Alliance High School Partnership unites students, families, high school personnel, and the Colorado State University community in a common goal: to work together in partnership to elevate the expectation of students and their families regarding the importance, access, and attainability of higher education; and to send a greater number of Colorado students to college.
For more information click here or call (970) 491-6473.
Alliance Partnership STEM Program: Summer Course for High School Teachers - July 12-17, 2009
Topic: Weather and Climate -- This class consisted of 10 sessions, each on a specific topic. Each topic contained a sequence of activities that followed the "5E's: Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate." Open-ended, hands-on investigations gave participants the opportunity to engage and explore; lectures explained; and sessions concluded with a chance for participants to apply knowledge (extend) and evaluate.
Alliance Partnership STEM Program: Summer Research Experience for Middle School Teachers - June 2009
Two Alliance Partnership middle school teachers -- Bob Behrens from Fort Lupton (currently at St. Vrain) and Brian Riccatone from Centauri participated in the Summer 2009 Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Science and Technology. During this six-week program, participants had the opportunity to perform research projects with Colorado State University faculty and graduate students on cutting-edge laser and optical science projects using state-of-the-art equipment. The title of Riccatone's research project was "Thermal Evaporation for Thin Kiln Deposition of Optics." Riccatone said, "Through this research experience, I have gained a wealth of knowledge,insight, and resources that I am able to share with my students to increase their learning and my own. It was a pleasure working in a great environment with such great people."