VISTA’s New Science Coordinator Academy wrapped up last week. The academy brings science coordinators from across the state together to help build a statewide professional development infrastructure for science education leadership at the school division level, thereby helping to innovate science instruction for students.
This year, over 15 science coordinators met at George Mason University for the five-day professional development program. They discussed their roles as science leaders, how they could build capacity for science learning, and how they could implement more hands-on, inquiry-driven problem based teaching/learning. Later in the week they developed strategic plans for bringing effective science teaching and professional development opportunities to their school divisions. Finally, Eric Rhoades with the Virginia Dept. of Education dropped in to update them on the latest in science education across the state!
School division personnel who have been responsible for the development of primary and secondary science curricula and science teacher professional development in all schools in their division for five years or less were eligible to apply to the program.
Learn more about the program here.