St. Kate’s faculty earns kudos for GLOBE elementary focus
St. Kate’s Associate Dean of Education Lori Maxfield and National Center for STEM Elementary Education Executive Director Tony Murphy won kudos from other members of the North American GLOBE partners at a regional meeting, prior to the start of the National Science Teachers Association conference in San Francisco Wednesday.
The GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) meeting brought together more than 30 educators from across the United States and Canada to share GLOBE projects and to discuss ideas for the future of the program.
Maxfield shared the University’s successful partnership program with several Twin Cities elementary schools.
“We’ve developed an unique model that brings the GLOBE curriculum into elementary schools,” said Maxfield. “The program not only uses the professional development school model for in-service teachers, but also gives our undergraduate elementary education majors training in the curriculum.”
The St. Kate’s model is also sustainable, noted Maxfield. She added that future plans will give undergraduate students more collaboration with in-service teachers and time in the classroom with elementary school students. While GLOBE is used extensively in middle and high schools, the curriculum is used less widely in elementary schools.
Murphy was asked to be a GLOBE Ambassador for 2011. One of only 14 educators across the country, Murphy said the group was discussing re-energizing GLOBE’s Master Trainer program and defining the professional development program more fully, as well as the possibility of adding a certification and other learning opportunities.
Murphy said his commitment to GLOBE was also strengthened by a presentation given by GLOBE alumni Matthew Fenzel from Louisville, Ky. His interest in science nurtured by the curriculum in eighth grade, Fenzel now studies environmental science in college and wants to organize GLOBE alumni groups across the country to support the program.
“It really shows you the impact this program can have on keeping kids interested in science,” said Murphy.