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Spring 2014 Newsletter

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VISTA accepted to Change the Equation

VISTA Accepted into Prestigious Change the Equation Database  

VISTA is proud to announce its inclusion into Change the Equation External Link to Change the Equation (CTEq's) prestigious and selective national STEMworks database. The database is a leading resource for Fortune 500 member companies and business leaders across multiple sectors who are looking to collaborate with programs that meet a high bar of effectiveness in advancing young people's learning in STEM subjects.

 
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Encouraging Women in Teaching Science: Dr. Kurt Michael’s SEFA Story


Encouraging Women in Teaching Science: Dr. Kurt Michael's SEFA Story

When Kurt Michael, Ph.D., joined Liberty University as an associate professor in the School of Education, one of his assignments was to help promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to education majors. With his background in technology education, it was a natural fit. But, he found it a tough sell to the mostly female elementary education majors at Liberty University.

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VISTA Implementation Research Update: Factors Impacting Science Education Reform

VISTA Implementation Research Update: Factors Impacting Science Education Reform

VISTA's internal implementation research team continues to investigate social/structural and institutional factors that help or inhibit the dissemination of the VISTA professional development model. This line of research is separate from the outside, independent evaluation of VISTA's programs.

 
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CREST News

SUNRISE GK-12 Project Update
The SUNRISE project (Schools, University 'N' Resources In the Sciences and Engineering, an NSF/GMU GK-12 Fellows Project 2007-2014) is a unique graduate fellowship program at Mason funded by the National Science Foundation that targets graduate students working in the grade 4-6 school environment. It was recently expanded to operate into a seventh year.Read more >

VISTA News

VISTA Hosts Information Session for State Legislators
In February, VISTA representatives from Mason and its partner universities hosted an information session for members of the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond, VA. Donna Sterling, VISTA's principal investigator, attended the session along with other VISTA staff from across the state.. Read more >

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VISTA Provides Effective Professional Development for Teachers
An independent evaluator report* shows that VISTA positively impacts teachers' beliefs surrounding science instruction, assessment, and how students learn; their confidence in teaching; their classroom practices; and their science content knowledge.  Read more >

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New VISTA Film to Profile Importance of Science Education Reform
Over the next year, VISTA will be engaged in the production of a film that will not only explore how the project promotes the essentials of science education, prepares teachers for success, and educates tomorrow's workforce, but also issue a call for continued program involvement and support. Read more >

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New Middle/High School Teachers See Success
VISTA offers new, full-time middle and high school science teachers paid training, free classroom support, and materials to ensure success during their first two years teaching. Read more >

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Mason Gearing Up to Offer Fourth VISTA Elementary Summer Institute
This summer, Mason will welcome the fourth group of teachers and students from the northern Virginia area to the VISTA Elementary Science Institute. Thirty-three teachers from 16 schools in 8 school divisions will be learning new ways to teach science and presenting a science summer camp for more than 50 students from local, high-needs schools.  Read more >

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School Science Coordinators Speak Out
A group of about 15 school division science coordinators from across Virginia just completed a second set of professional development activities, from April 16-17 through VISTA at our George Mason University campus in Northern Virginia Read more >

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My Reflections on VISTA Coaching: Helping New Secondary Teachers
Jeannette T. Jenkins, a VISTA coach who works with new secondary teachers in Louisa County, talks about her coaching experiences.  Read more >

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VISTA Seeks Bloggers
VISTA just launched a blog on our new website, and we'd love to collaborate with you to help tell your stories.  Read more >

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Science Education News

New Partnership Resources for Science and Mathematics Teachers
New partnership resources are now available for science and mathematics teachers through Title IIB: Mathematics and Science Partnerships External Link to Title IIB: Mathematics and Science Partnerships (New Window), a U.S. Department of Education program that aims to increase student achievement by enhancing content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers.
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Online Resources Help Bring Science Lessons to Life
The Virginia Department of Education's Science Update lists a number of online resources that are available to teachers to aid in the teaching of science
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New Staff

New Staff
Jisha Paul recently joined VISTA as the Content Management Specialist.Read more >

Student Funding

Student Funding List
Several students joined CREST in the 2013-14 school year as graduate research assistants to help with program evaluation and research for the VISTA project.  
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Student and Faculty Publications/Presentations
List of Student and Faculty Publications/PresentationsRead more >

VISTA in the News

VISTA in the News
VISTA and its participating teachers were featured in news outlets around the state over the past month.Read more >


VISTA Video & Audio
List of featured audio and video.Read more >