Improving Teacher Effectiveness in the Science Classroom

Improving Teacher Effectiveness in the Science Classroom

VSSEC Director Michael Pakakis builds VSSEC's strength in research-based strategies

In continuing with VSSECs commitment to providing the cutting edge in pedagogical research and next practice to both the teachers and students that attend programs at the Centre, Michael Pakakis, the Director of the Centre, and Phillip Spencer, will be attending the ASCD Summer Conference and the ISTE Annual Conference. They will also be visiting the Mid-continental Research for Education and Learning (McREL), to further VSSEC's collaboration and discuss the latest research on effectively using ICT in the science classroom.

Follow Michael and Phillip's blog Improving Teacher Effectiveness in the Science Classroom at They will be providing feedback on the sessions as they attend them and sharing what they learn.

ASCD Summer Conference 2010

Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. With 170,000 members in 136 countries ranging from professional educators from all levels and subject areas to superintendents, supervisors, principals, professors of education, and school board members. This non-profit, nonpartisan membership association provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.

This year’s Summer Conference is being held in Orlando, Florida and will concentrate its workshops and full day institutes in the following areas:

Differentiated Instruction — a systematic approach to ensuring that every student is learning, regardless of interests, learning styles, or readiness for school
Understanding by Design — a framework to design new curriculum based on achieving student understanding of content.
What Works in Schools — a research-based approach to focusing your entire school or district on the school-, teacher-, and student-level factors that influence achievement
Curriculum Mapping — a way to document and analyse what exactly is being taught and when in the actual school calendar

ISTE Annual Conference, Exploring Excellence 2010

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders more than 100,000 professionals worldwide engaged in improving teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education.

For more than three decades, ISTE's annual conference and exposition which is being held this year at the Colorado Convention Centre, Denver has been the premier forum in which to learn, exchange, and survey the field of educational technology. This event attracts upwards of 18,000 attendees from all over the globe—including teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialists, teacher educators, and policy makers. The event offers world class keynotes, hundreds of sessions in a variety of formats, and a massive exhibit hall.