Academics, Community Outreach, Faculty, Featured|June 14, 2012 9:30 am

Hollins Science Institute Helps Local Teachers Become More Effective Educators

Hollins University is welcoming 30 area educators to campus to enhance their skills and knowledge during the fifth Hollins Elementary Science Institute for Teachers (HESIT), June 14 – 27.

HESIT is sponsored by Hollins and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) through a federal No Child Left Behind Improving Teacher Quality grant. Teachers from the cities of Martinsville, Roanoke, and Salem and the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Montgomery, and Roanoke will participate.

“Our content focus will be science as specified for Grades 3 – 5 in the Virginia Standards of Learning and the National Science Education Standards,” said Michael Bentley, Ed.D., HESIT director. “This content includes the nature of science itself, inquiry processes, and key concepts in physical, earth-space, and life science.

“Project activities will give participants opportunities to develop both instructional strategies and skills and ‘pedagogical content knowledge’ related to implementing inquiry and differentiated instruction in the elementary classroom,” Bentley added. “Together we will explore hands-on teaching and some of the many resources available for teaching science in southwest Virginia.”

HESIT sessions will be provided by Hollins faculty and by educators and scientists from the Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation District, Virginia Tech’s Museum of Geosciences, Roanoke College’s Department of Physics, Mill Mountain Zoo, the Virginia Museum of Natural History, and Virginia’s Explore Park.

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