Teaching to Learn Initiative

“When I go to Brayton, I am reminded that science is a way of viewing the world that is exciting, interesting, and important. Being with the students at Brayton challenges me to understand science in a broader scope and figure out how it is relevant to each of our daily lives.” – Rachel Waldman ’17

The central goal of the Teaching to Learn program is to impact the science learning experiences of undergraduate science, education, and liberal arts students by engaging them in a year-long experience to develop and implement science curricula in K-7 classrooms in the North Adams School District. Undergraduates work with both elementary teachers and college science professors to develop inquiry-based units of instruction based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Pairs of undergraduates will co-teach these units with elementary classroom teachers. Undergraduates and K-7 faculty also participate in joint professional development to deepen their understanding of both the nature of scientific inquiry and science pedagogy, and reinforce their connection as a community of learners.

 

Fast Facts

  • Program title: Teaching to Learn (T2L)
  • Grant awarded: National Science Foundation Grant
  • Duration of grant: 2014-2018
  • Amount of grant: $810,876
  • Partners in the program: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and North Adams Public Schools
  • Schools with Williams students participating in the program: Brayton and Greylock Elementary Schools
  • Williams students who taught during 2015-2016: 38
  • Elementary students served during 2015-2016: 220
  • Science lessons taught during 2015-2016: 237
  • Hours of science teaching during 2015-2016: 952
  • Majors of Williams students involved in T2L: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology, Comparative Literature, English, Computer Science, Math, Economics, History, Political Science, Political Economy, Latino Studies, Arabic Studies, Asian Studies, French, Chinese, Anthropology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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