Deepening Content Knowledge
STEM Summer Institute: Strengthening Content and Pedagogy
Deeper content knowledge begins with coursework
Project ADePT’s plan to deepen content knowledge in pre-service elementary teachers began in the coursework in which teachers-to-be enroll. Through collaboration with subject matter experts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in four core disciplines, Project Adept provided interdisciplinary content subject matter institutes.
As part of Project ADePT, UF’s College of Education (together with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Alachua County Public Schools) hosted a ten-day summer STEM content institute. The goal of this summer institute was to deepen K-5 pre-service teachers’ subject matter knowledge through interactive science, technology, math and literacy activities. This summer institute provided interdisciplinary content subject matter for pre-service teachers, university supervisors, and mentor teachers.
In Year 2, the grant funded a second content institute with a focus on social studies, English language arts, and technology.
These interdisciplinary content subject matter institutes for pre-service teachers, university supervisors, and mentor teachers engaged a community of learners and strengthened understanding in special topics.
STEM Summer Institute:
Subject matter experts in four core disciplines:
- Dr. Kristen Apraiz (COE, math),
- Dr. Beverly Brechner (CLAS, math),
- Dr. Zhihui Fang (COE, Reading and Literacy),
- Dr. Selman Hershfield (CLAS, physics),
- Dr. Lisa Holmes (COE/ACPS, science), and
- PhD candidate Krista Ruggles (COE, technology)
Check out our summer 2015 STEM institute’s interdisciplinary “road trip” themed project, where our students connected with content and pedagogy to develop as better educators.
for the 2016 Summer Institute
For history, immigration, civics, economics, and global education
Civic issues affecting teachers and students
Rosa Parks in Literature
The politics of children’s literature
Day 3 Activities
Follow-up questions for reading excerpts.