The VISTA Voice

A New Approach in the Classroom

We asked our alumni to share their stories. This is what one of our instructional coaches had to say about her experience working with VISTA teachers in the classroom:

I had a really great experience that reinforced everything I believe about the VISTA program. One story in particular emphasizes…

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Science Education Faculty Academy a Big Hit!

We recently wrapped up our 2014 Science Education Faculty Academy (SEFA). The event was a big hit with the faculty members who attended!

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Host Your Own Family Engineering Event

Below is part two of our two-part series on creating a family engineering event in your school. Big thanks to our guest blogger Wendy Goldfein, a 2013 VISTA Elementary Science Institute graduate, for providing us with all the information you need to host your own event!

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Family Engineering Events: Everyone’s Invited!

Below is part one of our two-part series on creating a family engineering event in your school. Big thanks to our guest blogger Wendy Goldfein, a 2013 VISTA Elementary Science Institute graduate, for telling us what family engineering is all about!

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The Girls Finally Found Their Voice

We asked Claire Alison Guzinski, a returning VISTA elementary school (ESI) teacher, to tell us a story about how her VISTA training has impacted her class and this is what she told us.

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Social Media for Teachers, Part 1

As the social media manager for VISTA, I spend a lot of time scouring the internet for resources for science educators. There is a lot out there! In this blog post, I’m going to give a quick run-down on the advantages of three big players in the social media realm: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Future blogs in this series will provide a more in-depth look at each.

Facebook

Facebook…

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Active Learning for Student Success

Did you know that active learning leads to higher grades and fewer failing students? Wired gets it right in a new article that points out: "When mastering an activity, there’s no substitute for the interaction and feedback that comes from practice."

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Encouraging Women in Teaching Science: Dr. Kurt Michael’s VISTA Story

When Kurt Michael, Ph.D., joined Liberty University as an associate professor in the School of Education, one of his assignments was to help promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to education majors. With his background in technology education, it was a natural fit. But, he found it a tough sell to the mostly female elementary education majors at Liberty University: “The majority…

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"Science is the Great Equalizer"

Centreville teacher Mary Ann Settlemyre uses problem-based learning for gifted students, twice-exceptional students, English Language Learners and remedial students...

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Inquiry, Nature of Science, and PBL...Oh My!

Allison Watson Beck, a VISTA alumni, started a blog when she attended our Elementary Science Institute in the summer of 2011 (our next annual Elementary Science Institute…

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