Michael Lach, Head of Math and Science, Chicago School District

  • 430, 000 students, 27, 000 teachers in Chicago City Schools
  • Lot of emphasis on local control; believe in the support of communities
  • Ranks 49th among the 50 states in the share of education funding
  • Still making good gains in both science and math
  • CO’s + NSF = Math and Science Initiative
  • Tools and support, increased content knowledge, extended learning opportunities all used to enhance the learning of science and math
  • Use Math Thematics and Connected Mathematics as the main programs 6-8; Elementary Math Trailblazers and Everyday Mathematics
  • Standard Scope and Sequence in Science
  • Can correlate test score improvement with those educators who attend professional development on an ongoing basis
  • They pay for teachers to take grad classes at several universities to add endorsements to their licensure
  • School leadership is KEY!
  • What we need more of:  formative feedback, leadership, equality in opportunity
  • “Computers are not magic, teachers are magic” Craig Barrett, Intel

Sharon Schulze/Colleen Karl – NC Science House

  • Science House emphasis on hands-on inquiry, research based programs, teacher training
  • 14 full time staff/lots of part-time; 16 years of experience
  • Partnerships with many business/industry
  • Year round ed programs for students; summer camps
  • K-12 Teacher support – manuals, content courses, workshops, extended programs
  • Bennett’s Millpond Environment Learning Project
    • student learning
    • teacher involvement
    • community engagement
    • new partnerships
    • environmental citizenship
    • experimental design and research
    • Junior/Senior year
    • Model of Place Based Learning
    • increased professional networking
    • SCOS connected to outside learning
    • teachers/students feel a part of the scientific community
    • real life practice collecting and analyzing data
    • encourage the kids to design their own equipment
    • making kids aware of new career possibilities in the sciences

Bette Manchester, Director Maine Learning Technologies Initiative


  • 1:1 initiative began 6 years ago
  • promoted by Seymour Papert to Governor Angus King
  • time and money spent working with teachers PRIOR to giving the kids the laptops
  • program aimed at creating equity of resources for students and staff
  • from the beginning it was not about the test scores, it was about learning!
  • another goal was to increase collaboration between students and their teachers through the technology
  • focus on PBL!
  • commitment to change needs to be systemic, there need to be purpose, move to learner centered, PLC’s, culture of risk taking
  • must build communication networks, virtual networks, training leadership teams, student teams (annual conference with all involved)
  • assessment for learning practices – training/resources (templates, etc.) provided to the teachers
  • involved teacher leaders (classroom teacher at building level), media specialist are both part of the teacher support component
  • Maine Virtual Library
  •  Math teachers had the hardest time using the laptops – received a grant to help support this need
  • NSF grant – Ecoscience (using simulations for math/science); currently in pilot programs across the state
  • Creativity/Innovation, Critical Friends Groups, Inquiry based learning
  • Project’s foundation begins with quality classroom teachers, not technologists.
  • Leadership is EVERYTHING!

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4th/5th grade teacher looping in 1:1 netbook initiative!

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