Programs for educators
Leading Math for All Learners Through Inquiry
This program for middle school and high school teachers focuses on building content knowledge of mathematical functions with an emphasis on deep content knowledge and the ability to utilize inquiry-based instructional techniques. It includes incorporating the use of technologies (specifically TI-Nspires) and is viewed through the lens of space and climate science.
In this program teachers will:
- receive direct instruction in the theory and applications of elementary and algebraic functions
- learn to utilize TI-Nspires to support student inquiry
- develop, implement and assess inquiry lessons on functions through the context of space and climate science
- be mentored as they create curriculum development/action research projects in small teams
Teacher benefits include:
- stipend of $150/day (e.g. $1500 summer 2012)
- over 250 CPDU's
- $250 for classroom implementation
- TI-Nspire for each teacher
- Access to classroom set of TI-Nspires
The projected schedule for this program is 10 days in summer 2012, 6 days in the academic school year 2012-2013, and 10 days in summer 2013.
Professional Master of Arts in STEM Education
The Professional Master of Arts in 1) Elementary Math, Science, and Technology Education (K-8) and 2) Environmental Science Education (6-12) will be a professional master’s degree for teachers who want to become teacher-leaders in science, technology and math education. The program offers teachers learning experiences that will allow them to enhance their competence as teachers of mathematics, science, and technology. The degree will contain the appropriate courses and experiences to lead to new endorsements, one in Elementary Math and Science Specialist (for Elementary Math, Science and Technology program), and another in Teacher Leadership (both programs). Both programs will be comprised of approximately 33 hours of graduate (500 level) courses, the majority of which will be in math, science and technology (MST) content areas and in MST education. Students may use Curriculum & Instruction (C & I) coursework to satisfy some MST program requirements with permission from an advisor.
- Professional Master of Arts in Elementary Math, Science and Technology Education
- Professional Master of Arts in Environmental Science Education
Science 101 is a model science course for education majors. It is laboratory-based biological and physical science course with content developed along interdisciplinary themes. The course is taught in an inquiry/investigative format and provides an introduction to investigate science applications in Pre K-12 classroom settings. In addition to having published outcomes from this course and receiving national level invites to speak, SCI 101 is the basis for Bradley University’s selection to a national level education project focused on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning (FIDL).
Kemper Professional Development Project
Bradley’s College of Education and Health Sciences works with specific elementary and secondary schools in a professional development model. The 4 major goals include: student achievement, preparation of educational professionals, professional development of teachers or other school personnel, and research and inquiry specific to those schools.
Central Illinois Educator's Network
The Central Illinois Educator's Network is a clearinghouse of local resources for K-12 educators. You can find information on field trips, enrichment programs, surplus equipment, web-based resources and more, or post resources for other educators to take advantage of. A discussion board is also provided where you can discuss issues of interest with other educators. CIEN was developed through the generous support of the National Science Foundation, through a Partnerships for Innovation grant to Bradley University.
Bridge to the Doctorate, IGERT and NSF Grad Research Fellowship programs provide generous stipend and tuition support for students through the National Science Foundation: