(MSP)^2 Science Office

Strand 2-The ExPERT Program and The MoST Program

 ExPERT Program
The ExPERT Program (Extended Professional Experience in Research for Teachers) is a year-long intentional learning community designed specifically for science teachers in the Prince George's County Public School System. The purpose of the ExPERT program is to examine and explore in depth conceptions of what science is, how scientific knowledge is created and the role of inquiry in science. ExPERT teachers will participate in comprehensive analysis of current literature via discussion and extended written reflection, and in a research internship. During the research internship teachers will have the opportunity to experience the role of inquiry and nature of science (NOS) in a research laboratory setting. This experience provides the context for further exploration of a variety of topics centered on inquiry in science that will continue to be explored during the following school year. Teachers who complete the ExPERT Fellowship will come away with a rich understanding of the role of inquiry in science and science education, allowing them to better model scientific practice in their classrooms for their students.

The year-long experience will begin with a five week summer program beginning July 5th, 2010. The first week is spent entirely in the learning community discussing nature of science concepts, and how NOS can be addressed in the science classroom. The remaining four weeks teachers will be placed in research laboratories four days a week and will return to the learning community on the fifth day of each week to continue learning community discussions. In the research laboratories, teachers will be paired with a faculty mentor from a local university. University placements will include but are not limited to Towson University, University of Maryland College Park, Bowie State University, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Upon completion of the five week summer program teachers will continue to participate in the learning community throughout the school year in monthly meetings.
 
  §  July 2-August 3, 2012

§  7 evening learning community meetings (2.5 hours each) during 2012-2013 school year

§  Stipend:  $5,250 over 1 year

§  4 MSDE credits upon successful completion of program

§  Summer Learning Community meetings will be held in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore (research placement locations will vary).


Application Deadline is January 31, 2012
 



MoST Program
Modeling Science through Teaching

The MoST Program is a year-long professional development program that begins with an intensive 2 week summer workshop and is followed by monthly learning community meetings during the school year.  The purpose of the MoST program is to provide a forum in which teachers can explore their own conceptions of the nature of science and learn specific strategies for implementing effective nature of science instruction in the classroom.



§  July 9 – 19, 2012, Mon-Thurs

§  7 evening learning community meetings (2.5 hours each) during 2012-2013 school year

§  Stipend:  $2,275 over 1 year

§  MSDE credits upon successful completion of program (pending MSDE approval)

§  Summer Learning Community meetings will be held in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore


  Apply at www.surveymonkey.com/s/MoSTapp2012
Application Deadline is January 31, 2012

Both programs are funded through a National Science Foundation grant in cooperation with Towson State University, University of Maryland College Park, Bowie State University, Prince George's Community College, Univertisy System of Maryland and the Prince George's County Public School (PGCPS) System. 
Only high school science teachers from PGCPS are eligible to apply for this program.
 
PGCPS High School Science Teachers
Click on the link below to apply:

The ExPERT Program

The MoST Program

Application Deadline is January 31, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

1.  What do you mean by the Nature of Science?

In addition to learning scientific content (such as information found in textbooks) and scientific process skills (such as measuring, observing, predicting, etc.) national science standards mandate that students also learn about the values and characteristics of scientific knowledge (the nature of science).  Many students see science simply a collection of facts already known that need to be memorized for a test.  This is because students are often not exposed to or taught about how that knowledge came about.  Students who are exposed to the way scientists work, how they come up with questions to ask, how they collect and analyze data understand better that science is a dynamic and exciting endeavor full of creativity.  Check out the website Understanding Science (http://undsci.berkeley.edu) for more information about what is meant by the nature of science.

 

2.  What is the difference between the ExPERT Program and the MoST Program?

The biggest difference is that the ExPERT program requires participants to spend 4-weeks in a research lab in addition to summer learning community meetings.  The MoST program features 8 days of a summer learning community workshop and does NOT include a research component.  Both programs require participation in 7 monthly learning community meetings during the 2012-2013 school year. 

 

ExPERT teachers:

·         ExPERT teachers must be able to commit 5 full weeks (July 2 – August 5) in the summer to the program

o   8 days in a summer learning community group

o   4 weeks in a research lab (UMCP, Baltimore campus of UMB, UMBC, or UMCES)

·         7 monthly learning community meetings during the 2012-2013 school year (2.5 hours each, in the evenings at Owens Science Center)  

 

MoST teachers:

·         MoST teachers must be able to commit 8 days (July 9 -19, 2012, Mon-Thurs) in the summer to participate in a summer learning community professional development workshop

·         7 monthly learning community meetings during the 2012-2013 school year (2.5 hours each, in the evenings at Owens Science Center)

 

3.  Can I apply to both programs?

No.  Both programs run simultaneously, so you may only participate, and apply, to ONE of the two programs.

 

4. Can I choose to participate in only part of the program?

No.  All applicants who are accepted into either program must commit to both the summer and school year portion of the program. 

 

5.  How do I apply?

Applications for both programs are due January 31, 2012.  You can find the applications for both programs online.

§  To apply to MoST, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MoSTapp2012

 

§  To apply to ExPERT, go http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ExPERTApp2012


6.  Who is eligible?

All Prince George’s County Public School system high school science teachers are invited to apply. 

 

7.  Who can I contact for more information?

Email expert@towson.edu for specific questions on both the ExPERT program and the MOST program.




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Felicia Martin,
Jan 5, 2012, 7:46 AM
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Felicia Martin,
Jan 5, 2012, 7:46 AM
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