MainePSP 3rd Annual University Course Observation Program Application

**APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR 2013** The Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (MainePSP) is pleased to offer an opportunity for middle school and high school science teachers to observe STEM courses at the University of Maine for our 3rd Annual University Course Observation Program. One important goal of the MainePSP is to improve science teacher recruitment, retention and preparation at the University of Maine. Come join UMaine faculty members Mac Stetzer from the physics department and Michelle Smith from the biology department for the 2013 MainePSP University Course Observation Program. This year we are have changed the program slightly to include a research component, partnering with Nobel Prize Winner Carl Wieman and his team at University of British Columbia. Since we are looking to publish our findings, the program will contain a more rigorous calibration and training component. We are looking for teachers who will commit to three days during both February vacation and April vacation. Round I (February) will be focused on learning the new observation protocol. Tuesday we will watch videos of example classes being taught and discussed in the context of an observation protocol. We will then conduct calibration observations on Wednesday and Thursday. In Round II (April), we will conduct official observations on Tuesday-Thursday, focusing on entry level STEM courses at the University. The goal of the program is to get a snapshot of what teaching and learning looks like in entry level UMaine STEM courses, and hopefully publish our findings. Teachers participating in the University Course Observation Program will gain an understanding of some of the teaching methods currently being used at the university, follow an observation protocol to collect data in the classroom, provide feedback about teaching practices observed, and participate in group discussions about effective and ineffective classroom practices. We view this as a collaborative effort with critiques and feedback very much welcome! Round I will take place Tuesday, February 19-Thursday, February 21, 2013. Round II will take place Tuesday, April 16-Thursday, April 18, 2013. Each day will run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with lunch included. Participants must attend each day of both rounds, and will be paid a stipend of $200 each day ($1200 total for the program). We hope you will consider being a part of this exciting program! Applications are due by February 12, 2013. **APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR 2013**
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