PD3 (Professional Development Decisions Using Data)
Funded by the Florida Department of Education
In collaboration with SRI International, one of the nation's foremost research institutions, the Museum has been developing and testing an observation tool for science, mathematics and reading. The handheld tool allows users to collect data from multiple classroom visits, aggregate data using a Web server application, and analyze the aggregated data using a series of online reports. To date, this versatile tool has been used in several different contexts, including helping to identify staff development needs; providing feedback to future teachers completing their internships (see STEPS project); supporting peer coaching efforts (see SUPI project), and providing data in support of research studies (see ECHOS project).
Afterschool Program Exploring Science (APEX Science)
Funded by the National Science Foundation
CIL developed and completed comprehensive field-testing of eight thematic units, designed to enhance hands-on investigative science in after-school programs run by local community-based organizations. CIL staff delivered training to after-school providers at all 87 participating program sites, and also developed and distributed APEX Science Toolkits to each site.
Early Childhood Hands-On Science (ECHOS)
Funded by the U. S. Department of Education
For this 3-year initiative, the Center is collaborating with University of Miami’s Department of Psychology and SRI International on a research study aimed at obtaining evidence of the potential efficacy of a museum-developed early science readiness curriculum and related teacher professional development. ECHOS builds on an existing core of science curriculum units already developed by the Museum and pilot tested with selected preschool centers in Miami. By expanding the existing units across the learning domains of early math, language, literacy, social, and motor development, the proposed project will demonstrate the potential of the ECHOS curriculum and professional development program to improve teacher practice and student achievement at the preschool level.