George Mason University coordinates all VISTA site applications.
William and Mary participants click here to apply.
Middle and High School Teacher Professional Development
The middle and high school program is for nonlicensed, provisionally licensed, and first or second year science teachers. Teachers receive, for two years, four forms of support: coaches, a basic science methods course (three graduate credits), an advanced science methods course (three graduate credits), and classroom resources.
The basic science methods builds fundamental knowledge of
- (1) standards-based curriculum design,
- (2) research-based teaching strategies,
- (3) inquiry-based lessons for students to investigate science,
- (4) assessing student understanding of science, and
- (5) classroom management strategies.
Research indicates that a second science methods course is needed to provide teachers the time needed to develop in-depth knowledge of effective science instruction (Abd-El-Khalick, Bell, & Lederman, 1998; Lumpe, Haney, Czerniak, 2000; Roehrig & Luft, 2006). The second course builds on the fundamentals of curriculum design and teaching from the first science methods course. The course focuses on
- using technology for students to investigate science and
- adapting inquiry-based lessons to the special needs of students.
Secondary Science Methods Courses Timeline
Secondary Science Methods Courses
Academic Year 1
Academic Year 2
Provisionally certified middle and high school science teachers
Basic Science Methods Course
August 24, 2013
November 9th, 2013
December 14th, 2013
January 11th, 2014
February 8th, 2014
Advanced Science Methods
Saturday, October 19th from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursdays 7:20 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on the following dates:
August 29th, 2013
Sept. 12th & 26th, 2013
Oct. 10th & 24th, 2013
Nov. 7th & 21st, 2013
Dec. 5th & 12th, 2013
Jan. 9th & 23rd, 2014
Feb. 6th & 13th, 2014
Attend 2013 VAST conference in
Present at VAST conference in Norfolk, Virginia
Academic year follow-up sessions include attending the fall VAST Conference