Linking science, literacy, and mathematics will be the focus of the Southern Colorado Teacher Education Alliance (SCTEA) Summer Institute 2009 on Friday, June 5 in the Life Sciences Building at Colorado State University – Pueblo. This year’s conference, “Inquiry: The Essential 21st Century Process for ALL Educators,” will be targeted toward PK-16 Educators and Community Partners.
The day-long seminar/workshop will feature speaker Michael Klentschy, instructor in the division of teacher education/educational leadership at San Diego State University, Imperial Valley. He is the former superintendent of Schools of the El Centro School District in El Centro, Calif. He also served in teaching and administrative positions in the Los Angeles Unified School District from 1966 to 1985 and the Pasadena Unified School district from 1985 to 1994.
Klentschy received a doctoral degree in educational research and evaluation from UCLA. He has conducted numerous research studies in the longitudinal effects of inquiry based science programs and their impact on student achievement, English Learners, and closing the achievement gap. He was named the 2001 Southern California Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators and the Administrator of the Year Award by the California Science Teacher Association. The National Science Education Leadership Association named him 2005 Administrator of the year. His latest book, Scaffolding Science Inquiry through Lesson Design
, was just released by Heinemann Press.
Registration, packet pick up, and the morning reception begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Life Sciences foyer area with Klentschy’s keynote address scheduled for 8 a.m. in the Life Sciences auditorium. He will address how inquiry based science has demonstrated benefits in closing the achievement gap for historically underrepresented students not only in science, but in reading and mathematics as well through the application of comprehension, language acquisition, writing and problem solving strategies linked to science content acquisition. These resulting gains have led to reduced drop-out rates and increased college going rates for such populations.
Participants will then have a full day working with Klentschy as they focus on teaching inquiry. Highlights of the day include: incorporating language acquisition and mathematics application strategies into science education; implementing effective writing scaffolding strategies for science; learning research based best practices for science teaching; and planning effective standards-aligned lessons and units.
Lunch is scheduled for noon with the workshop resuming at 1 p.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m. Registrations and payments for those wanting credit will be taken between 3:30 and 4 p.m.
The general conference fee of $100 includes the entire workshop and lunch. The conference can be attended for one teacher inservice credit / university graduate credit through the Division of Continuing Education. Interested individuals may register online at www.summerinstituteonline.com
SCTEA is a partnership of the following higher education institutions and public school districts: CSU-Pueblo, Lamar Community College, Otero Junior College, Pueblo Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, Aguilar, Branson, Cotopaxi, Crowley County, East Otero, Fowler, Fremont, Huerfano, Lamar, LaVeta, Manzanola, Primero, Pueblo City Schools Pueblo District 70-, Rocky Ford, Trinidad, and Walsh.