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BSCS Science Learning

BSCS strives to make outstanding science education a reality for all children. We recognize both our progress and potential: the progress we've made in transforming science teaching and learning, and the potential we have to increase our impact, with your help.

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Annual Fund

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Education 

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Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Teachers

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Brittany Hubert teaches her 11th grade biology students about a phenomenon at Yellowstone National Park. For years, she'd tell them: Gray wolves were removed from the park in the 1920s and bad things happened, so they were reintroduced 70 years later and good things happened. Students then learned details throughout an ecology unit. But there was a problem. Students had no reason to care. They already knew how the story ended.

This year, students care. Because now, they are investigating their way through the story.

Brittany begins the unit with one fact: Gray wolves were removed from the park. When she asks students to share their initial ideas about whether this was the right decision, they end up in a debate. Marsha* argues: Yes! It was important to protect humans. Connor adds: Absolutely! The wolves were killing too many organisms. But Stephanie disagrees: It's not a good idea for humans to interfere with the natural environment.

The debate is lively, and students become highly motivated to investigate real population data. Eventually, they come to a consensus. It was a bad idea to remove the wolves. Now deep into the unit, students want to know: Are the gray wolves ever coming back?

It's a new classroom dynamic. Brittany is thrilled. So what happened? STeLLA happened, she says.

Brittany recently participated in BSCS Science Learning's professional learning program, STeLLA (Science Teachers Learning from Lesson Analysis), which is shown to significantly impact both teacher and student learning. Along with 23 other high school biology teachers in Louisville, Kentucky, Brittany learned how to implement effective teaching strategies, related to student thinking and coherent instruction, through video-based lesson analysis. Now she is a STeLLA facilitator who prepares other science teachers to do the same.

I have 31 kids in my class, but STeLLA lets me personalize their learning, Brittany says. When I "STeLLA-fied" my ecology unit, students became more involved. Now the unit is a story and they have to figure out the ending.

BSCS has introduced and evaluated STeLLA professional learning across a variety of contexts, and our goal is to make the program accessible to educators nationwide. Still, it is only one of many robust programs we are currently advancing in service of our mission to transform science teaching and learning. We are leading large instructional materials development projects, building capacity for next generation science instruction, and pursuing a more equitable and just future for science education all at once.

At BSCS, we secure grants to support our research-driven innovation. But because grants restrict the type of work we can do, we rely on individuals, like you, to support our efforts to expand programs and make them broadly accessible. Your contribution ensures our impact continues beyond the life of funded projects. We hope you will invest in the future of science teaching and learning with a tax-deductible donation to BSCS today.

*All students' names are pseudonyms.

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Endowment Fund

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Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
General population
Teachers

Description

A donation to the BSCS Science Learning endowment is an investment in the future of science education and the strong leadership essential for students to succeed in the fields of science and technology.

The BSCS Endowment Fund was established in February 2000 and is intended to fund organizational initiatives in the future.

Support our Endowment Fund today on CO Gives Day.

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Susan Loucks-Horsley Memorial Fund

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Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
General population
Teachers

Description

The purpose of this fund is to support an annual employee recognition dinner in honor of Susan Loucks-Horsley, former associate director of BSCS. Susan Loucks-Horsley was known throughout the United States and Europe for her pioneering research and development work in educational change, professional development, and science and mathematics education.

At the time of her death in July 2000, she was Associate Executive Director at BSCS. Susan wanted to recognize the "good works" of the staff at BSCS.

This Memorial Fund provides the resources to honor Susan's vision via an annual staff recognition program. Your contribution will help us recognize and reward values that Susan held dear -- collaboration; caring, respect, and support for colleagues and co-workers; demonstrations of initiative and leadership; capacity for the "big picture"; and morale building.

Support the Susan Loucks-Horsley Memorial Fund on CO Gives Day.

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