University of Houston Regional Science Collaborative

Director

Mr. Andrew Kapral
STEP Director
ajkapral@uh.edu
7137434383

Abstract

The University of Houston Regional Science Collaborative (UH collaborative) provides science teachers in grades 4-8 with professional development aimed at increasing teacher science content knowledge and promoting the use of inquiry-based teaching techniques in science classrooms. UH Collaborative training activities include a 40 hour summer institute during July 2017, and a series of follow-up training sessions conducted throughout the 2017-18 academic year. 2017-18 UH Collaborative training activities focus on content related to middle school matter and energy TEKS. Participating teachers also complete on-campus peer-observation and mentoring activities and receive classroom science materials and stipends as part of their participation in the program. During 2017-18, at least 35 classroom science teachers will complete an average of 110 hours of training through the UH Collaborative. Following the TRC mentoring model, participants in the UH Collaborative also act as Science Teacher Mentors (STMs) for their home campuses. Each STM provides at least 12 hours of mentoring and support of at least one other teacher on their home campus (Cadre Members). In addition, these Cadre Members have access to training events hosted by the UH Collaborative throughout the year. The UH Collaborative evaluates its program impact teachers in three areas: (1) targeted content knowledge areas including earth and space sciences; (2) knowledge and implementation of inquiry-based and technology enhanced instructional techniques; and (3) capacity to increase student achievement in science for grades 4-8. In total the 2017-18 UH Collaborative impacts at least 70 science teachers and more than 3,000 students in the Houston area.


Administrative Team Members

NameProfessional Title
Mrs. Heather BrownAssistant Director STEP
Mr. Andrew KapralDirector STEP

Training Events

EventDates
Program Orientation05/15/2017 - 05/19/2017
Summer Institute Session 1: Program Introduction & Technology Training07/10/2017 - 07/17/2017
Summer Institute Session 2: Properties and Nature of Matter07/11/2017 - 07/18/2017
Summer Institute-Session3: Changes in Matter and Atomic Structure07/12/2017 - 07/19/2017
Summer Institute Session 4: Matter in Action and How Science Works07/13/2017 - 07/21/2017
Summer Institute Session 5: Matter I & II07/14/2017 - 07/21/2017
Summer Institute Week 2, Session 1: Diversity of Life II & III07/17/2017 - 07/17/2017
Summer Institute Week 2, Session 2: Forms of Energy I & II07/18/2017 - 07/18/2017
Summer Institute Week 2, Session 3: Force & Motion I & II07/19/2017 - 07/19/2017
Summer Institute Week 2, Session 4:Force & Motion III & Diversity of Life I07/20/2017 - 07/20/2017
Summer Institute Week 2, Session 5:Diversity of Life II & III07/21/2017 - 07/21/2017
Evening Content Session 1: Matter III12/12/2016 - 12/15/2017
TEAMS Peer Observation Introduction09/16/2017 - 09/16/2017
Evening Content Session 2: Forms of Energy I9/11/2017 - 9/15/2017
Saturday Field Experience I- Sea Center1/1/2018 - 1/14/2018
Evening Content Session 3: Forms of Energy II9/25/2017 - 9/29/2017
TEAMS Cycle 110/13/2017 - 10/13/2017
Evening Content Session 4: Forms of Energy III10/9/2017 - 10/13/2017
Evening Content Session 5:Force & Motion I10/23/2017 - 10/27/2017
Faculty Guest Lecture at The Museum of Natural Science (Houston)11/09/2017 - 12/7/2017
TEAMS Cycle 211/17/2017 - 11/17/2017
Evening Content Session 6: Force & Motion II11/6/2017 - 11/10/2017
TEAMS Cycle 312/15/2017 - 12/15/2017
Mid-Year Meeting01/06/2018 - 01/06/2018
Evening Content Session 7: Force & Motion III11/27/2017 - 12/1/2017
Faculty Guest Lecture at with Dr. Rebecca Forrest2/6/2018 - 2/20/2018
TEAMS Cycle 401/19/2018 - 01/19/2018
Evening Content Session 8: Diversity of Life 1/8/2018 - 1/12/2018
Evening Content Session 9: Diversity of Life 21/22/2018 - 1/26/2018
Closing Session05/01/2018 - 05/05/2018
Tierra Archie Fall Mentoring 8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Ashleigh Blackmon Fall Mentoring Log 8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Danielle Chambers Fall Mentoring Log 8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Vanessa Chapa Fall Mentoring Log 8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Doris Malone Fall Mentoring Log 8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Sabita Dass-Mall Fall Mentoring Logs8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Natasha Essien Fall Mentoring Logs 8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Melina Duplessis Fall Mentoring Logs 8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Jacquice Evans Fall MEntoring Logs8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Amanda Garcia Fall Mentoring Logs8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Brittny Geyen Fall Mentoring Log8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Keirstan Hairgrove Fall Mentoring Logs8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Boni Hamilton-David Fall Mentoring Logs8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Jacqualine Humber Fall Mentoring Logs 8/14/2017 - 12/14/2017
Latasha Jackson Fall Mentoring Log 8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Jennifer Mercer Fall Mentoring Logs 8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Adolph Morris Fall Mentoring Logs8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Luis Ramirez Fall Mentoring Logs8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Erica Rodriguez Fall Mentoring Logs8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Rhonda Simuel Fall Mentoring Logs 8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Linda Smith Fall Mentoring Logs 8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Jennifer Zamora Fall Mentoring Logs 8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Christopher Warren Fall Mentoring Logs 8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Kyla Hardaway Fall Mentoring Logs8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Christopher Warren Spring Mentoring Logs1/1/2018 - 3/23/2018
Melina Duplessis Spring Mentoring Logs1/1/2018 - 2/23/2018
Kelsey Cannon Fall Mentoring Logs8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Xavier Lewis' Fall Mentoring Logs8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Cindy Maldonado_Contreras Fall Mentoring Log8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Jarred Taylor's Fall Mentoring Logs8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Juliette Broussard's Fall Mentoring Logs8/14/2017 - 12/15/2017
Ashleigh Blackmon Spring Mentoring Logs12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018
Jacquice Evans Spring Mentoring Logs12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018
Amanda Garcia Spring Mentoring Logs12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018
Brittny Geyen Spring Mentoring Logs12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018
Boni Hamilton_David Spring Mentoring Logs12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018
Latasha Jackson Spring Mentoring Logs12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018
Doris Malone Spring Mentoring Logs12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018
Adolph Morris Spring Mentoring Logs12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018
Rhonda Simuel Spring Mentoring Logs12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018
Vanesa Chapa Spring Mentoring Logs12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018
Linda Smith Spring Mentoring Log12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018
Danielle Chambers Spring Mentoring Logs12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018
Kelsey Cannon Spring Mentoring Logs12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018
Tierra Archie Spring Mentoring Logs12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018
TRC Annual Meeting 6/26/2018 - 6/28/2018
Jennifer Mercer Spring Mentoring Logs 12/15/2017 - 3/23/2018