The VISTA Voice

A Middle School Science Teacher's VISTA Experience

Nick Swan, a 6th-grade science teacher in Hampton, VA, tells us how VISTA "will craft you into an awesome science teacher and endow you with a lasting vision for how to run and manage your classroom."

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Teamwork Works!

When a team of Henrico County teachers received an email about VISTA's Elementary Science Institute, they were immediately intrigued...

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My Reflections on VISTA Coaching: Helping New Secondary Teachers

Jeannette T. Jenkins, a VISTA coach who works with new secondary teachers in Louisa County, VA talks about her coaching experiences.

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Elementary Teachers Loved Learning Hands-On Science

Almost a month ago, over 100 elementary school teachers entered our Elementary Science Institutes (ESI) curious about what to expect from VISTA. “What does VISTA mean?” “What will VISTA expect?” “I thought I already taught hands-on science.” These were among the many comments and questions heard throughout the halls at each of VISTA’s four ESI sites across the state.

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VA Secretary of Education Anne Holton Visits VISTA's Summer Camp!

Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton visited the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the College of William & Mary on Friday, July 18. While at the School of Education, Secretary Holton spent time learning about the College’s initiatives to support underrepresented populations, met with the STEM Education Alliance team, and visited our VISTA camp!

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Attack of the Jellyfish Robots!

There’s a large jellyfish robot in the labs at the Virginia Technical Institute (VT)...

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Student Scientists Take On Invasive Species

On the first day of VISTA’s Elementary Science Institute summer camp, dozens of children from high needs schools became real world “student scientists,” working with area teachers to research, discover, create and present strategies for managing a species that is invading Virginia waterways – the snakehead fish.

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"A PB What?" A New VISTA Teacher’s Perspective

Katherine Gregory, a fourth grade teacher from William Perry Elementary School in Waynesboro, Virginia, walked into the Elementary Science Institute (ESI) at Virginia Commonwealth University this week unsure of what was before her...

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VISTA Leader Professor Donna Sterling Passes Away

Donna Sterling, prominent STEM education scholar, Mason professor and head of VISTA passes away at 65

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Elementary School Teachers Learn how to Teach Hands-On Science at Summer Institute

Area elementary teachers will gather at George Mason University to participate in a four-week professional development institute designed to shift science instruction ...

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