As part of the application process for MSI's science teacher education courses, we ask that principals submit an agreement form that indicates support and understanding of the course requirements.
MSI courses are designed to improve 4th- through 8th-grade teachers’ knowledge of science concepts and enhance classroom practice through expanded use of inquiry-based and hands-on/minds-on science. In addition, these courses will help teachers incorporate academic standards and curricular requirements into field trips and provide pre- and post-field trip classroom activities that support student learning. There is no cost to participate in this program.
If selected to participate, each teacher will receive:
- Six workshops.
- Classroom curriculum and kits of materials.
- Continuing education credit.
- Optional graduate credit from university partners.
- Substitute teacher reimbursement.
Please fill out and submit the form below to complete your teachers' applications.
MSI Research Study
During the 2015-16 school year courses, MSI will conduct an experimental research study about the course’s impact on teachers and their students. The study’s experimental design requires the use of Treatment and Control Groups. After applications are processed, all teachers accepted into the program will be randomly assigned to either the Treatment or Control Group. The Treatment Group will be admitted into the course and will receive course benefits and a $50 cash incentive for participating in the research study.
The Control Group will not be admitted to the course this school year, but will be asked to participate in the research study. Control Group participants will receive: a $50 cash incentive, plus an added $50 gift card to a curriculum materials website; priority admission into an MSI course in summer 2016 or the 2016-17 school year; and one free bus to bring students on a field trip to the Museum.
Both Treatment and Control Group teachers will be asked to take individual online surveys, as well provide take home surveys to their students, at the start and end of the school year. Surveys cover course content as well as questions about science attitudes and demographic backgrounds.
Participation in the research study is required for admittance into the program this school year. All feedback gathered through the study will strictly anonymous and not linked to individuals or schools. A copy of the surveys, plus more information about details of the study, is available in advance by e-mailing msiresearch(at)msichicago.org. This study is pending approval by the Chicago Public Schools Research Review Board.
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