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Science Education Summit


Science Education is the Hot Topic at UCR Summit

Education, community and industry leaders gather at the Mission Inn to discuss issues in science education.

(February 13, 2007)

Copernicus Project Logo

Copernicus Project Logo

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — www.ucr.eduThe Copernicus Project at the University of California, Riverside will host K-12, higher education, community and industry leaders at a summit Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Mission Inn to address issues in science education.

The Copernicus Project, part of the Graduate School of Education at UCR, is organizing the Science Education Summit. The Copernicus Project was established in 2005 with an $11.5 million U.S. Department of Education grant. It creates a mechanism to identify potential high-quality science teachers early, to support their achievement of a bachelor’s degree in science and a teaching certificate, and to provide professional development once in the teaching profession.

Two keynote speakers include, at 9 a.m., 2002 National Teacher of the Year Chauncey Veatch, a social studies teacher at Coachella High School; and at 11:20 a.m., former NASA Astronaut, Kathryn D. Sullivan.

Discussion topics include how to create more time to teach science to all students, how to get the materials to do this, how to provide useful professional development focusing on science and technology, and how to practice effective inquiry-based learning in science and develop supportive policies for science education.

Much has been written and reported about the critical need for, and shortage of, quality science education to prepare tomorrow’s college undergraduates to compete and succeed in the global workplace. Research also shows that the greatest single factor in the achievement of students is the training and competency of their teachers.
Teacher Paul Doherty demonstrates sound amplification using a straw oboe and putting a National Science Teacher Association catalogue to good use. The Science Education Summit will look at how creative thinking can spark a love of science in students.

Teacher Paul Doherty demonstrates sound amplification using a straw oboe and putting a National Science Teacher Association catalogue to good use. The Science Education Summit will look at how creative thinking can spark a love of science in students.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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