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ISP partners with foundation to support makerspace kits in classrooms

The Josh Seidel Memorial Foundation recently awarded the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis funds to support the creation of mobile makerspace kits to be used in classrooms in the University City School District. 

500 girls explore STEM careers at Washington University

About 500 seventh-grade girls from across the state visited Washington University in St. Louis to learn about careers in STEM. Barbara Schaal, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences, told students that STEM careers are as diverse as they are rewarding: “What STEM education does is give you a cafeteria of options and opportunities.”

Thinking like scientists: Innovative MySci curriculum delivers

Pattonville School District elementary students made statistically significant gains in science after completing the innovative MySci curriculum developed by the Institute for School Partnership. The data confirm what ISP Executive Director Victoria May has observed for years in MySci classrooms across the region — hands-on inquiry paired with teacher development and smart assessment tools can boost student success.
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Closing the STEM skills gap in St. Louis

St. Louis’ leading employers, school districts and Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership have united to form STEMpact, an organization dedicated to improving improve science, technology, engineering and math education when it matters most — elementary school.

ISP joins national network to increase STEM teaching force

The Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis has been accepted as a partner for 100Kin10, a 10-year national coordinated effort to train and retain 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers in schools by 2021.
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Washington University students support next generation of brain scientists

Members of Synapse, Washington University’s neuroscience club, are helping local high school students prepare for the annual St. Louis Area Brain Bee, Saturday, Feb. 13, at McDonnell Hall. “The Brain Bee is a competition but it’s not about being competitive. It’s about getting more people excited about this fast-growing field,” says junior Smruti Rath.
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Supporting evolution educators

Evolution educators continue to face resistance from parents, lawmakers and school boards. And a recent Pew Research Center survey on science and society shows that one-third of the population denies evolution. The Institute of School Partnership, through Darwin Day and other programs, help K-12 teachers bring this core concept to their classrooms.

Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, region’s first all-girls charter school, launches with help from Washington University

Launching this month, Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls will offer sixth and seventh-grade girls a rigorous education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Washington University in St. Louis is both Hawthorn’s sponsor and its partner. Educators with the university’s Institute for School Partnership have been working closely with Hawthorn leaders for more than a year to develop the school’s project-based curriculum and real-world philosophy.
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