Field Testing for Seeds of Science Roots of Reading
The Lawrence Hall of Sciences Great Explorations in Math and Science program (GEMS), developer of the new Seeds of Science Roots of Reading series, seeks teachers in grades 2 and 3 to be part of the field test for the Seeds of Science Roots of Reading curriculum during the January through March 2005 period. We are conducting concurrent evaluation and research trials along with the field test, offering an exciting opportunity for effectiveness data, as well as requiring coordinated effort from everyone involved. The role of the field test teacher is absolutely essential to the success of the materials and the field test and issues of timing will be of concern to all. Please read all of the information on this page and if you can commit to this exciting program complete the application form at the bottom of the page.
Seeds of Science Roots of Reading is an NSF-funded instructional
materials development project designed to address the urgent need for
materials developed collaboratively by science education and literacy
experts that provide students with opportunities to engage in inquiry-based
science learning within a context of core literacy development. The
program is a joint collaboration between the Lawrence Hall of Science
and the Graduate School of Education at the University of California
at Berkeley. Carolina Biological Supply Company is providing the field
trial materials and will publish the curriculum. The trial units are
built on revision of existing GEMS guides, updated and expanded to take
advantage of advances in science instruction and thoroughly integrated
with literacy instruction and science readers in order to create a new
and coherent science/literacy program. The completed units will represent
a state-of-the-art, scientifically-based and research-validated curriculum,
addressing current science and language arts standards.
Because we are conducting research on the effectiveness of the materials, some field testers will be requested to teach a control unit consisting of the existing GEMS unit, Terrarium Habitats, and some will be asked to serve as comparison classrooms.
Field test teachers will be able to keep test kit materials, and will be provided either a monetary stipend or a final version of the complete unit tested, including materials kits, once they are in production.
Field test teachers must be teaching a 2nd or 3rd grade class (or a combined 2nd-3rd grade class) that meets daily throughout the 2004-2005 school year, and be capable of providing critical analysis and feedback on classroom implementation of the material. Teachers will be selected based upon the following criteria:
We will of course be very interested in insuring a wide diversity of situationsurban, suburban and rural; ethnic diversity; and number of English language learners, etc.
To join our team of field trial teachers, download an application form. Mail (or fax or e-mail) the completed Seeds of Science Roots of Reading 2004-2005 National Field Test application to the address provided below. All application materials must be received by November 8, 2004.