BIOSCOPES, Biology Institute and Online Support: Collaborative Opportunities to Promote Excellence in Science, is a Next Generation Science Partnership of the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) at Florida State University; the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC), and 20 urban, mid-sized and rural districts in North and Central Florida, including 15 high-need districts. The purpose of the three-year project is to provide professional development for grade 6-12 teachers in Life Science and grade 6-8 teachers in Earth and Space Science.
BIOSCOPES has four main goals:
- Enhance teacher content knowledge and their knowledge about how to teach that content with rigor, accuracy, and relevancy to middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (Biology I course).
- Develop sustainable school-based mechanisms (Lesson Study teams) to provide ongoing support for increasing the quality and rigor of science instruction aligned with the NGSSS.
- Enhance participating teachers’ implementation of high-quality science instruction for middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (Biology I course).
- Enhance student achievement in science in middle and high schools.