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Science Coordinators

×Note: Applications for the 2014-15 cohort are now closed.

High-performing teachers are typically chosen for the role of school division science coordinator but are often given little guidance as they step into it. This professional development program focuses on supporting new science coordinators and is a key part of the effort to build the state infrastructure in support of effective science teaching and learning.

Leadership Development of New Science Division Coordinators

The VISTA New Science Coordinator Academy focuses on building a statewide professional development infrastructure for science education leadership at the school division level and innovating science instruction for all students across the state.

Participants in this program work to hone science leadership skills, develop inquiry-based science strategic plans at the division level, develop effective teacher and leadership capacity through science communities of practice, and use data to make program decisions and improve student achievement. 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 are eligible to apply.

Participant Support

For one year, participants will receive:

  • Participation in five-day academy located at George Mason University (three days fall, two days spring)
  • $2,000 stipend
  • Meals, travel, and lodging paid for program participation if more than 25 miles from George Mason University
  • A trip to the Virginia Science Education Leadership Association (VSELA) conference in the fall


New Science Coordinator Academy Dates
  Professional Development
Program at George Mason University
Program Participation
Program Participation
Virginia Science Education Leadership Association Conference
2013-2014 October 2 – 4, 2013
& April 16 – 17, 2014
Attend two days of summer camp if teachers from school district are attending Attend one day of first-year course if teachers from school district are attending  
Nov 13 – 14, 2013
Norfolk, VA
2014-2015 October 1 – 3, 2014
& April 16 – 17, 2015
Nov 19 – 20, 2014
Roanoke, VA