Summer Institute and Academic Year Seminars:
Before the beginning of the school year, we hosted a summer institute for graduate fellows and classroom teachers to help build community, make plans for the academic year, generate possible action research topics to investigate, and visit classrooms and research labs. For graduate fellows, these workshops helped them learn about their role as a scientist and/or mathematician in the classroom, responsibilities for the program, and general characteristics related to teaching and learning in the classroom.
Teacher and Fellow seminars
Throughout the school year, we hosted a series of seminars with the classroom teachers and graduate fellows to allow them to share ideas, challenges and solutions regarding their experiences in the classroom and provide additional support for academic year activities. Some seminars focused on specific topics (action research projects, analysis of student work samples, etc.), but these seminars were largely for sharing progress and ideas among the teacher fellow teams.
Throughout the school year, we scheduled monthly seminars with the graduate fellows to allow them to collaborate with one another about their varied experiences in the classroom, share their challenges, successes, and perspectives in a group setting. Some seminars focused on specific topics (action research projects, analysis of student work samples, inquiry, purpose of education, lesson planning, assessment, etc.), but most meetings focused on sharing progress and ideas among the graduate fellows.
Every two weeks throughout the school year, each graduate fellow met individually with the program manager to allow for opportunities to address specific issues related to experiences in the classroom. These meetings allowed graduate fellows to get relevant information, feedback and support on topics of their choice to assist them during the program. These meetings also allowed the program manager to gain perspective on how each graduate fellow was progressing toward program goals during the academic year.