Foundations of Science Literacy (FSL) is a comprehensive professional development program in science for preschool teachers. FSL integrates college-level coursework, mentoring, a nationally recognized science curriculum, and classroom-based assignments. The project’s goal is to support teachers’ abilities to create a classroom culture of inquiry and to engage their young students in authentic “minds-on” science explorations.
Cultivating Young Scientists (CYS) is funded by the Institute for Education Sciences, and builds upon FSL. CYS offers three major innovations:
- Develop a toolkit of formative assessments designed to help teachers assess children’s scientific understanding and thinking, and plan effective instruction.
- Develop a sustainable professional development program for early childhood teachers in Connecticut through our collaboration with the Connecticut Science Center (CSC)
- Build upon the strengths of FSL in physical science (Water) and expand that course to include life and earth science (Nature) and the discipline of engineering (Structures)
Director: Nancy Clark-Chiarelli
Funders: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences