The purpose of this 12-month teacher preparation and professional development project is to prepare and support educators to help all students achieve high standards of learning and development in middle school science.   Current research and data (including student achievement) guide our goal setting and all activities.  The project works in cooperation with the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) Science Department, Buffalo State College (BSC), the Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education (CEURE) at BSC, the Buffalo Museum of Science, Science Education for Public Understanding (SEPUP), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as well as other organizations supporting improved science education.  BPS is an urban, high-need district in Buffalo, New York, serving about 46,000 students. 

Project Goals:

  • Provide content and pedagogical instructional activities for pre-service and in-service teachers.
  • Infuse New York State Math, Science, and Technology (NYSMST) standards and assessments in all activities.
  • Incorporate principles of effective professional development.
  • Coordinate efforts to meet the induction and/or professional development needs of the collaborating district.

The project provides, at minimum, 56 hours of intensive professional development for Buffalo Public School (BPS) middle level science teachers.  These teachers range from first-year teachers to teachers with over 10 years of experience. During the first two years of the project, 16 teachers participated each year.  (Nine teachers have been involved in the project since its inception.)  The teachers have been involved from the very beginning in goal setting and planning the activities in which they participate.  These activities include the Summer Institute (a series of professional development activities, occurring over a one- to two-week period in the summer), the Fall/Winter Weekend (a series of professional development activities, occurring over a weekend in the Fall or Winter), presenting and attending national and state-wide professional conferences, working with BSC pre-service science teachers in various capacities, and other professional development activities. 

Buffalo State College undergraduates studying science education methods, theory, and techniques participate as student teachers, observers, assistants, and teach lessons in various Buffalo Public School middle school and high school classrooms. 

The project is thoroughly documented; all major planning and discussions are video taped and the proceedings are transcribed.  The project serves as a model for other school districts to involve their teachers, local teacher preparation institutions, community organizations, and private industry in working together to meet the needs of middle school and high school students in the 21st century.

Project Directors:

  • Dr. Robin Harris
  • Maureen Milligan


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