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The play by Tom Stoppard will run from Tuesday, April 12, to Saturday, April 23, as part of the inaugural season of the new University of Notre Dame Center for the Performing Arts
The 3-day conference, April 21 to 23rd entitled Nature, Science and Art coincides with the last days of the play. The Friday (April 22nd) meetings entitled Nature and Science: The Changing Scientific Picture of the World will be of particular interest: the principal speakers are Jeremy Butterfield of All Souls College, Oxford, Bas van Frassen of Princeton University and Tony Leggett of the University of Illinois
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John Glenn Schools take virtual technology trips! An article in USA Today, describing how easy it is to visit the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis (and other places) - cheaper than a trip there by bus...
Which was your favorite summer professional development program and why?
Here is one teacher's response to a survey looking for worthwhile National Science Foundation funded programs...
One of the best summers of my life was the physics program at PHYSLab run Lowell Herr at the Catlin-Gabel School in Portland, Oregon.
This program, funded by NSF, was one of the few teacher education programs ever that was run exclusively by high school teachers with no university professors acting as our guides.
PHYSLab's concept was that many physics teachers would like to do more labs, but that they didn't know their equipment that well -- or didn't have any -- and so would spend most of their time lecturing.
So, the program was simply three weeks of doing labs, like we were students, using Pasco and Vernier and home-built probes. We changed lab partners every day, so that as Ken Appel, one of the instructors said, we wouldn't always be with the same brain dead ones. We wrote up descriptions of what we did, how we could modify the labs and equipment, and how we should incorporate them into our class. We learned good lab technique, and how to care for what we bought.
Dave Vernier came to speak with us and we saw the plant outside of Portland. We had representatives from Pasco as well.
We also brought checks for $1000 from our schools that were matched by NSF to buy equipment. NSF paid for our housing and a stipend. We could get graduate credit.
In addition to all of this, though, the program helped us become colleagues. We cooked breakfast together each morning. We ate together over most lunches. We bunked together in a fleabag hotel which we more or less took over. We cooked dinner together one night a week. Lowell arranged weekend field trips to Mt. St. Helen's and other sites relatively nearby. We also made many trips into town to go to Powell's Books.
I have run into other graduates of other years, and they still recall the time fondly. I have even worked with another graduate. It's pretty cool.
Lowell won AAPT's teaching award a few years ago.
I'd love to try to do the program myself here in San Francisco. All I need is someone else to lead the hikes.
Marc "Zeke" Kossover, The Jewish Community High School of the Bay
An essay on Equity and Justice for Diverse children in poverty from Education News.
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