Making Science Exciting: $9.8 Million Program Aims to Change How Science is Taught in Buffalo Schools

A coalition of regional partners has received $9.8 million from the National Science Foundation to expand a promising, teacher-focused initiative that aims to change how science is taught in Buffalo Public Schools.

The five-year program, led by the University at Buffalo, Buffalo Public Schools, Buffalo State College and the Buffalo Museum of Science, is called the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP).

The big idea behind the initiative is to throw the community’s diverse resources behind reforming science education, primarily by improving teachers’ skills and knowledge.

A news conference was held to announce the initiative. Watch the video:

Through ISEP, science and math teachers at 12 middle and high schools in the Buffalo Public Schools district will receive a wealth of new professional development opportunities. Chief among them: the chance to spend a summer conducting interdisciplinary research with local scientists.

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