Stories from the Field

Stories from the Field features videos, photographic essays and brief descriptions of unique activities/experiences currently taking place in school-university and PDS partnerships. For submission information, please contact the SFTF Co-Editors Geraldine Hill at gnhill99@gmail.com and Barbara Terracciano at bterracciano@portchesterschools.org.

STEMPower: Recruiting STEM Teachers Through Near-Peer Mentoring

STEMPower: Recruiting STEM Teachers Through Near-Peer Mentoring

Around the country school districts are facing shortages of math and science teachers (Sutcher, Darling-Hammond, & Carver-Thomas, 2017). In the Norfolk Public Schools-Old Dominion University partnership, we decided to utilize the assets that existed in our own schools and university to address the shortage in our region. This effort is called STEMPower.

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Lincoln Writing Consulting Workshop

Lincoln Writing Consulting Workshop

Curtis P. Nielsen, University of Northern Iowa, curt.nielsen@uni.edu Erin Becker, Lincoln Elementary School, erin.becker@cfschools.org Jodie Bonwell, Lincoln Elementary...

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Igniting Readers’ Imaginations: How Non-fiction Texts Spark Confidence and Comprehension among Fourth & Fifth Graders

Igniting Readers’ Imaginations: How Non-fiction Texts Spark Confidence and Comprehension among Fourth & Fifth Graders

Our elementary PDS partner school is nestled among homes, small businesses, churches, and a neighborhood park on the southwest side of the state’s second largest metropolitan city. Over 43% of the school’s student body identifies as minority. According to the state’s website, approximately 50% of the school’s students are proficient in both Math and Reading as indicated by state test scores. With this reality come unique opportunities.

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