Emerging Science" showcased researchers at local colleges and universities who are at work on matters as personal as traumatic brain injury and as global as climate change. New teacher’s guides for middle and high school educators published by VPT complement the four half-hour video productions in the season.
To help Vermont educators foster their students’ interest in science, VPT worked with teachers and the Vermont Agency of Education to develop the guides, known as Classroom Connections. VPT and the Agency of Education provide the videos and guides on their websites, vpt.org and education.vermont.gov.
To comply with the already adopted Common Core State Standards and the anticipated Next Generation Science Standards that the Agency of Education will implement, VPT developed its Classroom Connections based on the second draft of the national Framework for K-12 Science Education.
“The Agency is excited to be a part of VPT’s ‘Emerging Science’ series again this year,” said Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca. “VPT does a great job partnering with teachers to provide valuable resources for Vermont’s schools.”
Teachers Jennifer Stainton of Woodstock Union High School and Melissa Fellows of Woodstock Union Middle School in Woodstock, Vt., created the companion guide for the “Emerging Science” episode on climate change in Vermont. Elizabeth Mirra, the math and science instructional coach at Springfield High School in Springfield, Vt., wrote the guides for “Emerging Science” episodes on acupuncture, traumatic brain injury (TBI) in sports and TBI in combat. The guides feature activities, discussion topics and resources related to the episode topics.
Chuck Pizer, community engagement director at VPT, said, “VPT is proud to contribute to the State of Vermont’s efforts to increase the quality of learning materials available to teachers and students.”
Vermont EPSCoR funds VPT’s “Emerging Science” project. The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a program designed to fulfill the National Science Foundation's (NSF) mandate to promote scientific progress nationwide.