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Call for Participation: Working Group to Draft Book on Scientist-Teacher Partnerships

Call for Participation in a Working Group to Draft a Book about Scientist-Teacher Partnerships

Both in the U.S. and abroad, interest and participation in partnerships between scientists and teachers grows each year. Though many programs have successfully partnered scientists and teachers or schools, most have not disseminated their partnership models and lessons learned. We thus issue this invitation to participate in drafting a partnership handbook. We are hoping to convene twelve science educators who currently work at an organization that partners elementary, middle, and/or high school teachers with scientists (defined as graduate students or above). This group will determine the book's content, but possible topics include the differences and commonalities in successful partnership programs, the barriers to these programs and how one can overcome them, and the benefits of partnership to teachers, scientists, and students. The audience for this book will be scientists, teachers, science educators, and administrators whose involvement with scientist-teacher partnerships covers the spectrum from deep involvement to burgeoning interest. The book will be available both as a hard copy and online.

The Details:
1) Interested participants must be able to commit to full attendance at the
following:
October 4-6 in San Francisco, CA
January 29-31, 2007 in Houston, TX
Travel expenses will be covered and participants will receive a $500 honorarium for their attendance at each meeting ($1000 total).

2) Participants will also need to commit to additional work that will occur outside of the meetings such as completing drafts, reading and providing feedback on the drafts, and updating them.

If you are interested, please submit your curriculum vitae and a short letter of interest detailing your experience with science education partnerships, your interest in helping to draft this manuscript, what unique contributions/perspectives you could bring, and topics that you would like to see included. Submit these by March 10, 2006 to Katherine Nielsen, Co-Director, Science & Health Education Partnership, UC San Francisco, 100 Medical Center Way, Box 0905, San Francisco, CA 94143-0905; 415-502-5137 phone; 415-502-4846 fax; kmn@sep.ucsf.edu. Criteria for participant selection will include experiences in scientist-teacher partnerships and publication and presentation record in related fields. In addition, attention will be given to including participants who will provide a diversity of science education partnership models, science fields, and scientist or educator backgrounds.

Funded by a mini-grant from the HHMI Precollege Science Education Initiative for Biomedical Research Institutions. Facilitated by Katherine Nielsen, University of California, San Francisco; Nancy Moreno, Baylor College of Medicine; and Cindy Keleher, Fox Chase Cancer Center.