"The engagement level was huge! It was fascinating to hear from parents that dinnertime conversation was now about climate change.”
Laurie Goss of Taylor Elementary invited us into her classroom where her second grade students are learning about how they can protect plants and animals in their habitats from the effects of climate change. Students propose solutions like more solar energy and less reliance on fossil fuels.
"I have a level of excitement in my class that I’ve never had!" Laurie enthused.
The skills professional development provided have translated into student passion. Many of her students now talk about growing up and having science related careers.
A $34 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education has given VISTA the opportunity to provide Virginia science educators like Laurie Goss with professional development courses to better engage students through problem based, hands-on learning.
Virginia science educators who attend VISTA not only learn advanced teaching techniques, but can also receive a stipend of up to $5,000, a grant for classroom or lab supplies, a mentor and more! Applications are currently being accepted.
Watch Laurie’s students in action!