July 10, 1998
Contact: Jean Moore, 615-322-NEWS (6397)
Vanderbilt workshop helps Tennessee educators enhance science curriculum
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Teachers, principals and school administrators from 13 school systems across Tennessee will gather at Vanderbilt University July 13-15 for a hands-on workshop designed to enhance science education in their home schools.
For the past four years, an annual summer workshop called the Virtual Watershed has presented innovative river-study activities developed in conjunction with the Virtual School for teachers of grades one through eight. This summer's workshop is designed to teach teams of educators to become certified to train other teachers in these activities.
"The rivers and streams which crisscross Tennessee offer an exciting opportunity for hands-on science, while the Internet offers an exciting opportunity for hands-on technology. Combining these two frameworks, this workshop will present teaching and learning strategies to bring the study of our waterways into the classroom and our classrooms to the river," says Susan Kuner, director of the Virtual School at Vanderbilt. "At this Train the Trainer Workshop, each team will learn how to present this curriculum to other teachers at their schools."
One of the highlights of the three-day workshop will be the July 14 "field trip" to Edwin Warner Park, where participants will learn how to monitor streams for pH (potential of hydrogen) and flow, observe the riverbank, make a net and collect macroinvertebrates. That afternoon, the group will be at the U.S. Geological Survey's gaging station in Pinkerton Park which posts river data on the Internet.
The educators also will be trained to use the "Scientists in Action" curriculum, a CD ROM, video, and Internet-based problem-solving program supported by the National Science foundation and developed by researchers at Vanderbilt's Learning Technology Center. The materials allow students in classrooms to work interact with characters in a video to solve problems that have real meaning for the students.
After completing the training, workshop participants will use the Internet to communicate with one another, share curriculum materials, develop classroom projects and carry out research.
The following school systems have registered teams for the workshop: Bristol City Schools, Cheatham County, Franklin City Special, Franklin County, Memphis City Schools, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Overton County, Rutherford County, Tipton County, University School of Nashville and Williamson County. In addition, teachers in Wilson and Putnam counties will receive training from members of the project development team.
The Virtual School operates in conjunction with Vanderbilt, the Tennessee Department of Education, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and many volunteers. Additional funding for the Virtual Watershed Train the Trainer Workshop is provided through a Dwight D. Eisenhower Teacher Professional Development grant.
Vanderbilt University is a private research university of approximately 5,900 undergraduates and 4,300 graduate and professional students. Founded in 1873, the University comprises 10 schools, a public policy institute, a distinguished medical center and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center. Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education and human development, engineering and music; and a full range of graduate and professional degrees.
Virtual Watershed Train the Trainer
July 13-15, 1998
Bristol City Schools:
Jimmy Ratliff (grade 7)
Anthony Barnette (grade 8)
Carolyn Lockert (Sycamore Intermediate, grade 6)
Carlton Odom (Sycamore Intermediate, grade 5)
Keith Miller (Sycamore Intermediate, grade 6)
Franklin City Special
Barbara Orr (Freedom Intermediate, grade 5)
Amy Holman (Freedom Intermediate, grade 6)
Fred Blackwell (grades 7-9)
Joey Smith (grades 7-9)
Stacy Sims (grades 7-9)
Memphis City Schools
Jennifer Wilkerson (Craigmont Jr./Sr. High, grades 9-12)
Veronica Sussmane (Raleigh Egypt High, grade 9-12)
Ruth Archer (grades 5-6)
Bertha Hurd (grades 1-6)
Martha Smith (grades 2-3)
Metro Nashville Public Schools
Geraldine Farmer (central office, district)
Michael Sanders (Dupont Elementary, grades K-6)
Susan Clendenen (grades 3-5)
Onita Robertson (Appollo School, grade 8)
Faye Franklin (A.H. Roberts Elementary, grade 3)
Pat Clark (Hilham Elementary, grades 5-8)
Mike Gilpatrick (district, central office)
Matt Smith (A.H. Roberts Elementary, grades K-4)
Nancy McCormick (A.H. Roberts Elementary, grade 3)
Debbie Seigfried (grade 3)
Andy Helton (grade 6)
Lynn Patterson (grade 5)
Donald Buford (Drummonds Elementary, principal)
Chester Gordon II (Drummonds Elementary, grade 4)
Belinda Rozell (Drummonds Elementary, grade 2)
University School of Nashville
Malissa Johnson (grade 3)
Lynn Noel (grade 3)
Williamson County Schools
Teresa Hickerson (Page Middle School, grade 6)
Brandy Carter (Page Middle School, grade 6)
Development Team Members
Mary Ball, (Carson Newman College)
Debbie Carroll (Freemon Intermediate, grades 5-6)
Ellen Kirk (Freedom Intermediate, grades 5-6)
Susan Kuner (Vanderbilt University)
Doris Lynn (Cross Elementary, grade 3)
Larry Lynn (Homestead Elementary, grades 7-8)
Inge Poole (Vanderbilt University)
Debra Salts (Carrol-Oakland, grade 6)
Bob Sherwood (Vanderbilt University)
Vanderbilt University is a private research university of approximately
5,900 undergraduates and 4,300 graduate and professional students. Founded
in 1873, the University comprises 10 schools, a public policy institute,
a distinguished medical center and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center.
Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences,
education and human development, engineering and music, and a full range
of graduate and professional degrees.
For more news about Vanderbilt, visit the News and Public Affairs home page on the Internet at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/News.