Twelve biology and chemistry teachers from high schools across Palm Beach County participated in an intensive three-day workshop at Scripps Florida, as part of a new professional development program developed to strengthen laboratory skills and build confidence with hands-on experiences led by Scripps Florida scientists.
Dubbed “Scripps Florida InSPIRE” (Instructional Support Program for Innovative Research Education), the new program ran from January 12—14, 2012 and was presented by Scripps Florida postdoctoral researchers along with fellow Palm Beach County science teachers who have previously taken part in Scripps Florida’s established summer internship program. To maximize the program’s impact and reach, the InSPIRE workshop will be offered twice a year.
The program was developed to meet Scripps Florida’s goal of addressing the needs of Palm Beach County high school science teachers by providing greater professional development opportunities in a supportive and engaging environment.
“Ultimately, our objective is to foster an enduring partnership and ongoing dialogue between the research scientist and classroom science teacher,” said Deborah Leach-Scampavia, director of education outreach for Scripps Florida. “After teachers participate in the three-day workshop, they’ll have opportunities to further enhance their laboratory skills by attending special bimonthly seminars with Scripps Florida scientists and participating in weekly online exchanges with researchers via a Web-based interface.”
The overall goals of Scripps Florida InSPIRE are to:
· Enhance the pursuit of scholarship in the sciences for classroom teachers,
· Improve teacher access to contemporary scientific materials and methods, as well as state-of the-art laboratory techniques,
· Provide ongoing contact between scientists and classroom teachers for curriculum and subject support, and
· Empower educators to bridge the performance gap in science.
The following high school teachers from Palm Beach County participated in the inaugural Scripps Florida InSPIRE workshop:
1 ) Natalie Reyes Dellobuono, Chemistry and Biology Teacher, Jupiter High School
2 ) Eric Edwards, Biology and Marine Science Teacher, Palm Beach Gardens High School
3 ) Alison Boyd, Chemistry and AP Chemistry Teacher, Santaluces High School
4 ) Susan Shepard, Biology Teacher, Jupiter High School
5 ) Marilynn Pedek, Chemistry and Research Teacher, Suncoast High School
6 ) Natasha Quince, Biology Teacher, Palm Beach Central High School
7 ) Eva Cwyner, Biology and Earth/Space Science Teacher, Atlantic High School
8 ) Lyndonia Pascal, Biology, Biotech, and Research Teacher, Palm Beach Lakes High School
9 ) Michael Forbes, Chemistry Teacher, Royal Palm Beach High School
10 ) Debrah Fuchs, Biology and Health Teacher, Royal Palm Beach High School
11 ) Carlos Gonzalez, Chemistry Teacher, John I. Leonard High School
12 ) Samuel Jackson, Chemistry, Physics, and Research Teacher, Glades Central High School
InSPIRE was developed by the Scripps Florida Office of Education Outreach and was made possible by the generous support of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.
For more information, contact Wendy Spielman King, K-12 Science Manager, at 561-357-1152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.