The VISTA Voice

Inside the Classroom: 5th Graders Create Wind Turbines

Rose Norris, a VISTA-taught 5th grade teacher at Prices Fork Elementary in Southwest VA, allowed us into her classroom to witness her students engaging in a problem-based learning challenge. The student scientists were tasked with building energy efficient wind turbineshttp://vista.gmu.edu/professional-development/elementary-teachers/.

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VISTA Teachers Make News with Erosion Project

Corrine Wolfe-Cornwell and Irene Sclafani of Virginia Beach's plant PBL project is profiled in local newspaper....

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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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"It's Changed the Way I Teach Science"

Dr. Clair Berube's new book,"STEM in the City," which comes out May 30, 2014, is full of examples of the effectiveness of problem-based learning ...

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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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VISTA Accepted into Change the Equation's National Database of High Quality STEM Programs

PRESS RELEASE: On Wednesday, the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) announced its inclusion into Change the Equation (CTEq’s) prestigious national STEMworks database. President Obama announced the launch of CTEq in 2010 to increase involvement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and to meet a critical need for a U.S. workforce and citizenry fluent in science and math.

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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.

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