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Teachers Helping Revamp Science Plan
KPS Teachers Are Working on State Science Curriculum
Yonee Bryant-Kuiphoff and Dawn Kahler, who teach science at Linden Grove Middle School and Milwood Magnet School: A Center for Math, Science and Technology, respectively, are part of a select group of teachers who are helping craft the future of middle-school science education in Michigan through the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform (Mi-STAR) Project.
Bryant-Kuiphoff and Kahler are among 21 teachers from around the state who attended a number of intensive summer workshops to help develop a new middle-school science curriculum. The Mi-STAR curriculum will empower students to learn science by thinking and acting like scientists and engineers while investigating phenomena and developing solutions to real-world problems.
At the workshop, teachers worked with scientists, engineers, and curriculum development specialists from Michigan Technological, Saginaw Valley State and Grand Valley State universities. Together, they deepened their understanding of how to teach science through doing science, as called for by the new Michigan Science Standards. Bryant-Kuiphoff and Kahler are becoming statewide leaders in advancing this new approach to science education.
“The teachers play a vital role,” said Michigan Tech Provost Jacqueline Huntoon, the lead investigator on the Mi-STAR Project. “Their input is essential to Mi-STAR’s twin goals: enhancing students’ engagement in science and giving all students the critical-thinking skills they will need to be effective citizens.”
Kalamazoo Public Schools’ middle school teachers Yonee Bryant-Kuiphoff and Dawn Kahler are helping revamp the state’s science education curriculum.