For the past four years Schoodic Institute has partnered with the University of Maine on the Maine Physical Science Partnership a program funded by the National Science Foundation that now brings improved STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education to twenty school districts across Maine. Bill Zoellick, our Education Research Director, leads research that will add to understanding of how this program is creating a community of teachers that can continue improving science education, a key concern that emerged in 2006 in conversations with Senators Susan Collins and Barbara Mikulski. Bill has studied the emergence of teacher leaders within the community, focusing on the question of how to best support those leaders so they can continue the project’s work.
“In my 20 years of teaching I have been involved in lots of great programs that just disappear when the money’s gone. I decided that I need to step up and learn how to do things that might keep that from happening to this program.”
To learn more about the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership, visit http://umaine.edu/mainepsp/