Streamline to Mastery

Streamline to Mastery

The Streamline to Mastery program (StM) is a partnership between the University of Colorado at Boulder and science teachers in the North Denver Metro area. Stm is part of the Noyce program at CU and addresses the needs current teachers, recognizing that teacher development is an ongoing process.

Streamline science teachers meet bi-weekly with two doctoral students and one university faculty member from CU-Boulder. In this innovative form of professional development, teachers deeply explore how to implement inquiry science lessons and how to create a classroom culture that fosters a safe learning environment for students to actively share their thinking and revise initial ideas. In addition, through Streamline there is an opportunity to look at student work with colleagues as a means of better understanding how classroom structures foster student learning.

The focus of the Streamline to Mastery program is one of personal professional development. StM is unlike other professional development in that it is not about learning a predetermined set of techniques or strategies for teaching, but rather is about critically reflecting on pressing issues within individual classrooms. StM teachers openly discuss challenges like district-mandated curriculum and how to engage students who have had very negative science experiences. From discussions, Streamline teachers take away helpful tools for working with challenging students and learn to approach their teaching practice from a problem-solving perspective. At StM, teachers strive to better understand the meaning of inquiry in high school classrooms and as a result, continually work towards incorporating the nature of science into their pedagogy.

For more information on the Streamline to Mastery Program please contact:
Laurie Langdon laurie.langdon@colorado.edu