Key CCMS Projects Centered
Elementary Teachers and Curriculum
Christina Schwarz, Project Leader
A research and development project to assist prospective elementary
teachers in learning how to select, adapt, and use science curriculum
materials as tools for effective science teaching. Project staff
is working to develop and investigate the effects of models, assessments,
and learning activities on pre-service teachers learning and enactments
in planning, teaching, and reflecting on their professional work
in relation to their students’ science learning. Staff members
include Edward Smith, Beth Covitt, Dean Grosshandler, Min-Jung
Bae, and David McLaughlin.
Charles Anderson, Project Leader
A research and development project that is jointly funded by
CCMS and other sources, including a ROLE Grant from NSF. The project
staff is engaged in developing and testing components for an environmentally-based,
K – 12 science curriculum, including content specifications,
instructional goals, assessment items, and learning activities.
CCMS staff members include Edward Smith, Beth Covitt, Kristin
Gunckel, Valencia Moses, and Blakeley Tsurusaki, along with several
other graduate students supported by other sources.
Mentor Teacher Program
James Gallagher and Edward Smith, Project Leaders
An outreach program to provide staff development for practicing
teachers who serve an essential role of collaboration with faculty
and staff in enacting MSU’s preservice program for science
teachers. The Mentor Teacher Program provides a forum for interaction
among practicing teachers, pre-service teacher candidates, and
MSU staff about the goals, intentions, and procedures involved
in the pre-service professional development of elementary and
secondary teachers. CCMS staff members involved in this work include
Dean Grosshandler, Christopher Wilson, and Kristin Gunckel.
James Gallagher, Project Leader
A joint project involving staff members from all four CCMS partners
(Project 2061, Michigan State University, University of Michigan,
and Northwestern University) in fostering greater attention to
the diverse populations in our nation’s science classrooms.
The focus of this project is on improving curriculum design and
teacher education to support effective science learning for all
students. CCMS staff members include George DeBoer (Project 2061),
David McLaughlin (MSU), Mary Heitzman and Shawn Stevens, (University
of Michigan) and Su Swarat (Northwestern University).