ACHS Biology Teacher Presents at VISTA Conference

ACHS Biology Teacher Presents at VISTA Conference
Posted on 12/15/2014
William FlemingWilliam Fleming from Amelia County High School shared insights into student-centered, inquiry-based science teaching in a presentation at the annual Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Professional Development Institute in late November. The presentation was part of the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA), a groundbreaking program that promotes problem-based science learning.

Funded by a $34m grant from the U.S. Department of Education, VISTA provides free professional development intended to shift science instruction from the traditional teacher-led classroom to active instruction that is more aligned with real-world, professional science practices.

Fleming is part of a teacher cohort selected to participate in VISTA’s program for early career secondary science teachers in the fall of 2013. They are now well into the last phase of the two-year program.

At the conference, teachers engaged conference attendees in an inquiry-based learning activity, sharing their lesson plans and showing samples of student work.

“Presenting their unique lesson plans and sharing student work before colleagues is an invaluable aspect of VISTA,” said Pat Linehan, principal investigator and chief operating officer of VISTA. “We’re creating a community of practice and support for these new teachers. Part of that community-building is bringing teachers together to share the lessons they’ve created according to the VISTA method – interactive lessons that get students engaged and actively learning science in the classroom.”

“Demonstrating their lesson plans and ideas for presenting science instruction before colleagues is an invaluable aspect of VISTA,” said Pat Linehan, principal investigator and chief operating officer of VISTA. “We’re creating a community of practice and support for these new teachers. Part of that community-building is bringing teachers together to share the lessons they’ve created according to the VISTA method – interactive lessons that get students engaged and actively learning science in the classroom.”
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