Middle/High School Teachers

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For two years, VISTA provides just-in-time support and “big picture” research-based teaching coursework for new middle and high school science teachers. A unique aspect of the program is the community of practice support, including an in-class coach who provides feedback and helps the new teacher plan, teach, and problem-solve about teaching. Teachers receive free professional learning opportunities, free coaching and mentoring, and the facilitation of a statewide community of practice.

Helping New Middle and High School Science Teachers Move to the Next Level

VISTA is focused on supporting new middle and high school science teachers. Randomly selected treatment participants in this program attend two three-credit graduate courses from VISTA designed specifically for early career teachers. The courses, delivered one each year for two years, focus on how to effectively teach inquiry-based science, how to use student performance to drive future instruction, and how to adapt instruction for diverse learners while using technology effectively to support inquiry. Teachers receive two full years of coaching support.

Middle and high school science teachers entering their first or second year of teaching are eligible to participate in the program.

Treatment Group Support

For two years, secondary science teachers randomly assigned to the treatment group will receive:

  • Two graduate-level courses designed specifically for early career science teachers (meals, travel, and lodging paid if out-of-town)
  • Six graduate credits 
  • Distance learning options available for selected portions of program* 
  • Graduate credits may help teachers work toward initial licensure or recertification** 
  • $1,000 stipend per year for two years
  • Up to $1,000 in teaching resources, science materials, and web content for their classroom
  • A master classroom science teacher as coach who will co-teach and co-plan for a total of 15 days over the two years
  • Al trip to the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Professional Development Institute in the fall

Control Group Support

Teachers randomly assigned to the control group will receive a $1,000 honorarium per year for two years for participating in data collection.

*Courses are offered through a mix of face-to-face and distance learning sessions at George Mason University, The College of William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, or Virginia Tech. 
**For provisionally licensed teachers, these courses may satisfy a portion of your provisional license requirements. For licensed teachers, these courses may count towards your recertification points pending your division's approval.

Requirements for Treatment Teachers:

  1. Completion of all data collection instruments including surveys, videotaping, etc. (see consent form when you apply)
  2. Attendance in all summer and academic year instruction and support
  3. Active, eager participation.
  4. School division science coordinator (or instructional specialist if there is no science coordinator) should attend one day of the first course.

Requirements for Control Teachers:

Completion of all data collection instruments including surveys, videotaping, etc. (see consent form when you apply)

 

2014-2015 Course I: The Instruction and Management of Middle/High School Science Classrooms
UPDATED June 2

George Mason University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Tech

The College of William
and Mary

Saturdays
August 16 (make-up 9/6), September 20,
October 11 & 25,
November 8,
December 13,
January 10, and
February 7
9:30am – 3:30pm

Thursday-Friday:
August 14 & 15 (make-ups September 6 & 13) and
Saturdays
September 27,
October 11,
November 8,
December 13,
January 10, and
February 7
9:00am – 3:00pm

Saturdays
August 23 (make-up September 6),
October 11 & 25,
November 8,
December 13,
January 10 and 24, and
February 7
9:30am – 3:30pm

Monday-Tuesday:
August 4 & 5 (make-ups September 6 & 13) and
Saturdays
September 20,
October 11,
November 8,
December 6,
January 10,
February 7
9:30am – 3:30pm

November 22 – 23, 2014 (after VAST conference)
(times TBD)

Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Professional Development Institute
November 20 – 22, 2014
Roanoke, VA


NOTE: Participants must attend all the sessions at their assigned site in order to meet the state’s requirement of 45 contact hours for a 3-credit course. Lodging is available for out-of-town participants.

 

2014-2015 Course II: Advanced Instruction and Management of Middle/High School Science Classrooms Classrooms - UPDATED December 4

George Mason University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Tech

The College of William
and Mary

Saturdays:
Aug 16 & Feb 7
9:30am – 4:30pm and
Mondays:
September 8 & 22,
October 6 & 20,
November 3 & 17,
December 1 & 15,
January 12 & 26,
and February 9
7:20 – 10pm

Saturdays:
Aug 16 & Feb 14
9am – 4pm and
Wednesdays:
September 10 & 24,
October 8 & 22,
November 5 & 19,
December 3 & 17,
January 14 & 28,
and February 11
7 – 9:40pm

Saturdays:
August 16, October 11 &
February 14
9:30am – 4:30pm and
Thursdays:
September 11 & 25,
October 2,
November 13,
December 4 & 18,
January 8, 22 & 29, and
February 7
7 – 9:40pm

Thursday-Friday:
August 7-8
9:30am – 4:30pm and
Fridays:
September 19,
October 10 & 24,
November 7,
December 5 & 12,
January 9 & 23, and
February 6
7:20 – 10pm
and
Saturday
February 7
9:30am – 4:30pm

November 22 – 23, 2014 (after VAST conference)
(times TBD)


NOTE: Participants must attend all the sessions at their assigned site in order to meet the state’s requirement of 45 contact hours for a 3-credit course. Distance learning options vary by site. Lodging is available for out-of-town participants if no distance learning option is available.