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Event: Discovery in Our Classrooms: Inquiry and the Nature of Science

Apr 27, 2005
Apr 28, 2005

Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Anyone with an interest in K-12 STEM education are encouraged to attend.

The 5th Annual Leadership Initiative in Science Education (LISE 5)
Discovery in Our Classrooms: Inquiry and the Nature of Science

The theme for the Chemical Heritage Foundation's fifth annual science education conference will be inquiry and the nature of science. Kicking off the conference will be a hands-on workshop on process-oriented, guided-inquiry learning (POGIL) by Rick Moog, principal investigator for the POGIL Project, and professor of chemistry at Franklin and Marshall College.

Among twelve featured speakers are Lawrence Lowery, professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and principal investigator for the Full Option Science System (FOSS); William McComas, director, Project to Advance Science Education at the University of Southern California; Lynn Rankin, director, Institute for Inquiry at the Exploratorium in San Francisco; and Norman Lederman, chair, Math and Science Education at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and nationally known speaker on the nature of science.

In addition to examining both inquiry and the nature of science as tools for developing science literacy, conference sessions will discuss preparing teachers to use inquiry in their classrooms; the role of inquiry in museums, science centers, and other informal settings; how to provide inquiry-based learning for students with learning differences; and how industry can support inquiry-based science education.

There will also be a Follow-Up Conference on Universal Design for STEM Education
The theme of learning differences and science education will be explored on 29 April 2005 in a conference on universal design (UD) for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The conference will bring together leading experts in UD, including those with an interest in K-16 science education. Keynote speakers are David Rose and Thomas West. Rose is founder and co-executive director of the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST). West is an author affiliated with the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University.

The LISE 5 conference fee is $40, which includes dinner on 27 April and lunch on 28 April. This fee may be waived under special circumstances. Anyone wishing to attend only the workshop, dinner, and opening address on 27 April (see attached agenda) may do so free of charge, but you must register. The UD conference is also free, but registration is required. Complete the attached registration form and mail it by 15 April to Don McKinney at the above address, or fax it to 215-925-1954, or e-mail it to You may also register online at; click on "Events & Activities" then select "LISE 5" or "Universal Design Conference" from the "Event Name" menu. Business casual dress is appropriate for both conferences.

If you have questions, please call Don McKinney at 215-873-8266. You can find information about transportation, hotels and parking at .
Both conferences are sponsored by the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Dow Chemical Company.


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