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Science Education Outreach

Science is both a way of knowing and an area of knowledge focused on understanding and explaining the natural world and its associated phenomenon. Currently, science education in the region is undergoing a shift as we implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These new K-12 science education standards help students to think and work like real scientists—an approach to science that is not often the norm in today’s schools.

The Center Science Team engages with teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders to develop schools and classrooms, where science teaching aligns to the student-centric model of teaching. We do this by working with practitioners to develop expertise in incorporating the science and engineering practices into the classroom culture of every science lesson. In our professional learning, we focus on these practices, cross-cutting concepts (across science disciplines), and disciplinary core ideas that, together, provide the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Our most recent UR Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellows (MTF) Program began fall 2015 with a $2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase II grant. Launched in 2010, the Phase I program was initially supported by a five-year Noyce MTF grant for $3 million. The goal of the Phase II program is to increase teacher leadership capacity in K-12 mathematics and science across three urban school districts, including the Rochester City School District, Newark Central School District, and Geneva City School District.
Current School District Offerings:
  • Teacher Leadership Development in Science Education
  • Administrative Leadership Development in Science Education
  • Consultation
  • Content-Focused Coaching
  • Demonstration Lessons (Fishbowl style)
  • NSF-Funded Curriculum Training
  • Inquiry Institutes (two phases)
  • Book Studies
“We are all talented and we all have our ways of interacting professionally. It is my sincere hope that we continue in the spirit of collaboration and a sense of wonder and joy of learning as we work together.” 
Michael Occhino, Director for Science Outreach