Office of University Relations
SDSM& T News
501 E. St. Joseph Street • Rapid City, SD 57701- 3995
Phone: ( 605) 394- 6082/ 2554 • Fax: ( 605) 394- 6177
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( June 3, 1999)
SCIENCE TEACHING PROGRAM PREPARES TEACHERS FOR
THE NEW MILLENNIUM
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) and Black Hills State University ( BHSU) are working together to put an emphasis on science content in the curriculum of students in grades K- 8. BLAHST, A Black Hills Science Teaching Project To Prepare K- 8 Teachers For The New Millennium, is a program that intends to improve all K- 8 teacher’s abilities to implement high- quality standard- based national science curriculum. Each participating teacher will receive a minimum of 100 hours of professional development over the 5 years of the project.
The week of June 7- 10, SDSM& T will host a National Science Curriculum Material Focused Professional Development Program for K- 8 Teachers. The program targets seven Western South Dakota school districts that include Douglas, New Underwood, Wall, Kadoka, Lead- Deadwood, Spearfish, and Belle Fourche. Approximately 490 K- 8 teachers from 28 different schools have been invited to participate.
The week- long program will offer sessions that focus on Inquiry- Based Learning, Cooperative Learning Activities, Constructive Teaching, National and State Science Standards, and The Scientist Perspective.
BLAHST objectives are to improve all teachers’ abilities to integrate, teach, manage, and assess high quality hands- on National science curriculum; create a supportive/ constructive teacher network; enhance diversity in the project by involving American Indians and other under- represented groups; and to improve teacher’s abilities to appropriately utilize technology.
For further information about the week- long program at SDSM& T, contact the Office of University and Public Relations at 394- 6082/ 2554.
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