Corporate Partners

We are currently seeking corporate partners to support future teacher cohorts in Target Inquiry (TI). The effectiveness of the TI program in impacting teachers’ classroom instructional practices and student achievement has been thoroughly studied thanks to a $1.3 million dollar research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Supporting science teachers is a sound investment in the people who educate our future leaders in science technology. Additionally, it is an important step toward a more scientifically literate populace.

TI has the support of public and private education and science partners and has already received over $1.5 million in funding (Tables 2-4).

Reaching Students Across West Michigan

Students in every possible educational setting from every walk of life in west Michigan can benefit from improvements in classroom instructional practices. Already, teachers in the program come from 18 high schools in west Michigan and Grand Rapids Community College (see Table 1). Keeping these schools involved in reform while recruiting new schools is critical to making an impact on how chemistry is taught. Furthermore, the wide diversity of schools deepens effectiveness of the TI program as well as the rigor of its study.

Making an Impact

As teachers who participate in professional development programs can be expected to average 10 years of teaching following the program, the direct impact of just the first two cohorts of TI teachers will extend to over 25,000 students. Each subsequent teacher cohort can reach over 12,500 students. Furthermore, studying participants with differing levels of teaching experience who teach diverse and traditionally underrepresented students will ensure that findings from the study of TI are widely applicable. Broad dissemination of the research findings will: (1) inform the development and implementation of high-quality professional development programs (2) create partnerships among colleges and universities focused on promoting teaching, training, and learning through the multi-site and multi-discipline dissemination of TI; and (3) provide teachers with much needed piloted and peer reviewed inquiry materials. Finally, the broad dissemination of this work will gratefully acknowledge TI’s supporters.

Supporting Target Inquiry

A contribution of $14,300 supports one high school chemistry teacher for the duration of the TI program (2.5 years). This investment directly supports the teacher by providing graduate tuition and summer stipends. The contribution also provides $500 for travel to a national conference to present chemistry and/or education research and $500 for new classroom materials needed to support an inquiry-based curriculum. Providing these incentives and awards is necessary, as TI requires a great deal more of teachers than other graduate or professional development experiences.

Sponsoring five teachers in TI requires an investment of $71,500 for 2.5 years, or you can support one cohort (10 teachers) for 2.5 years for $143.000. In addition to the support of 10 teachers, the support of a cohort will also impact over 12,500 students. This is a small price to pay to improve science education in west Michigan and beyond.

Table 1. School Demographics for Target Inquiry Teachers

School

County

Student Diversity

% Non-White

Student Economic Level

% Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch

MME Results Science / Math

% Students Meeting or Exceeding Standards

Holland Christian High School

Allegan

2

Not Available

Not Available

Portage Central High School

Kalamazoo

9

7

77 / 70

Portage Northern High School

Kalamazoo

13

13

76 / 64

City High School

Kent

27

19

92 / 92

Grand Rapids Community College

Kent

N/A

N/A

N/A

Grandville High School

Kent

10

13

75 / 69

Kelloggsville High School

Kent

37

40

42 / 34

Montague High School

Muskegon

6

33

65 / 54

Muskegon Heights High School

Muskegon

99

75

10 / 4

North Muskegon High School

Muskegon

7

14

63 / 64

Oakridge High School

Muskegon

10

35

49 / 43

West Michigan Christian High School

Muskegon

7

Not Available

Not Available

Whitehall High School

Muskegon

8

28

60 / 52

Allendale High School

Ottawa

7

17

66 / 63

Black River Public School

Ottawa

19

18

78 / 65

Holland High School

Ottawa

42

36

64 / 54

Hudsonville High School

Ottawa

4

8

73 / 72

Jenison High School

Ottawa

7

9

76 / 74

West Ottawa High School

Ottawa

31

20

64 / 65

 

Table 2. Financial Support for the Development of Target Inquiry

Source

Purpose of Funds

Grant/Program/Award Date

Amount

GVSU

Faculty Teaching & Learning Center

Program development

Presidential Grant - 2004

15,000

Course materials development

Teacher Scholar Grant - 2005

7,100

Total

$22,100

 

Table 3. Teacher Costs and Support

 

Cohort #1

10 teachers

Cohort #2

10 teachers

Future Cohorts

10 teachers

Teacher tuition

46,810

60,450

78,000

Research mentor stipends

25,000

25,000

25,000

Teacher summer stipends

30,000

30,000

30,000

School awards

5,000

5,000

5,000

Teacher travel

5,000

5,000

5,000

Supplies

3,000

0

0

Total Teacher Costs

114,810

125,450

143,000

 

 

 

 

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

116,750

0

0

Grand Valley State University

0

71,000

0

National Science Foundation

0

41,500

0

Total Teacher Support

116.750

112,500

0

           

 

Table 4. Funds Supporting Target Inquiry Study

Research Activity

NSF ESI-0553215 (5-year study)

GVSU

Totals

Faculty/staff salaries, fringe, overhead

711,277

9,000

720,277

Student researcher salaries

111,214

1,962

113,176

Researcher travel

40,500

 

40,500

Research Supplies

25,000

3,000

28,000

Research Dissemination

19,500

 

19,500

Cohort #1 post-program support

30,000

 

30,000

Indirect Costs

328,996

 

328,996

Cohort #2 support (from Table 3)

41,500

 

41,500

Total Support

1,307,987

13,962

1,321,949

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