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Summit Offers Collaboration for Science Education


UCR’s Science Education Summit Provides Forum for Concerned Citizens

Education, community and business leaders gather at the Riverside Convention Center to discuss issues in science education Feb. 20.

(February 13, 2008)

In addition to the Science Education Summit, Copernicus offers several collaborative programs including the Science Summer Institute (shown above) for teachers and students.Enlarge

In addition to the Science Education Summit, Copernicus offers several collaborative programs including the Science Summer Institute (shown above) for teachers and students.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — www.ucr.edu — The Copernicus Project at the University of California, Riverside will host nearly 350 educators (K-12 and higher education), community and industry leaders at a summit Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Riverside Convention Center to address issues in science education from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The second annual summit‘s theme is "Science Education: Not Just for Teachers Anymore! Voices of Our Communities of Learning." The all-day summit will include breakout sessions on student motivation, business involvement in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) center development, improving science outcomes and engaging a culturally diverse student body in STEM fields.

The keynote speakers will be Brian Greene, professor of physics at Columbia University and an expert on string theory, and Susan Hackwood, the executive director of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST).

“Last year’s event brought together over 200 K-12 educators and administrators, higher education faculty, business and community leaders to discuss the issues affecting science education in the region and throughout the country,” said Steve Gomez, co-director of Copernicus. “Concerns over where we will find our future teachers to prepare undergraduates for the global workplace are so widespread that we found it necessary to move the location of our Science Education Summit to accommodate nearly 350 participants.”

Future Summits will be developed around the ideas generated from these discussions and will be focused on immediate actions that each contributor can take. Results will be shared with the leadership of the Competitive Crisis Council — a consortium of Hispanic engineer societies that are working together to address the national shortage of STEM majors from underrepresented backgrounds.

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.

For information on attending the Science Education Summit, please call 951-827-5722.

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