Collaborating to Create a Science Learning Community

Purpose: To assist teachers, and ultimately their students, in better understanding scientific concepts using an inquiry-based approach that guides students in active science learning. Through this project a science learning community is being created among participating teachers, faculty and project staff.

  • Funding provided by the United States Department of Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, Title IIB: Mathematics and Science Partnerships program.
  • Partners:
    • School Districts: Everett Public Schools, Chelsea Public Schools, Malden Public Schools, Medford Public Schools, Wilmington Public Schools
    • Charter School: Mystic Valley Regional Charter School
    • Private Schools: Malden Catholic High School, Cheverus Centennial School, St. Clement High School, Pope John XXIII High School, St. Joseph School, St. Rafael School
    • University Partner: University of Massachusetts Boston, Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC)
    • Non-Profit Organization Partner: Tri-City Technology Education Collaborative (TRITEC)

About the project:
The Collaborating to Create a Science Learning Community project offers high-quality science professional development specifically designed to meet the identified content needs of upper elementary, middle, and grade 9 teachers (grades 5-9), but activities are open to teachers of all grades as space allows. Teachers of special education and ELL students are also encouraged to participate.

The partnership consists of schools and districts responsible for recruiting teachers and providing resources for the content knowledge to be transferred to practice. The Everett Public Schools is the lead school district in this iniative. The University of Massachusetts Boston - Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC) is delivering six, graduate-level, customized science lab courses (two annually) based upon successful courses currently offerred to K-12 teachers through COSMIC. The Tri-City Technology Education Collaborative (TRITEC) provides project management expertise, and utilizes their electronic infrastructure and experience to create a science learning community among all participating teachers, faculty and project staff.

Supporting this effort are three, district-based, experienced, mentor teacher leaders (i.e., Teacher Learning Center Directors) who assist participating teachers in merging science content with appropriate pedagogy, resulting in each teacher developing and implementing an inquiry-based science lesson aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for science and technology/engineering. Individual lessons are distributed widely to schools through a supporting electronic infrastructure. The goal of the project is to build a science learning commmunity consisting of teachers, faculty and project staff, supporting the development of teachers science instruction, and ultimately improving their sutdents' achievement in science.

Over the 3-year span of the Collaborating to Create a Science Learning Community project, 150 teachers from the participating schools will each receive 92 hours of intensive professional development in science content and inquiry-based learning skills. Further, it is anticipated that the project will directly impact over 4,800 students in the classrooms of participating grade 5-9 teachers.

Courses and Activities

Contact Information
Tri-City Technology Education Collaborative (TRITEC)
484 Broadway, Room 2
Everett, MA 02149
Telephone: 617-394-2211
Fax: 617-394-2228

Funding Provided by:
United States Department of Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, Title IIB: Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program