NURTURES: Engaging Teachers, Children & Families


MSPnet Project Showcase: Check out these papers and a video from the NURTURES MSP.

1. Paper: "The Impact of a Framework‐Aligned Science Professional Development Program on Literacy and Mathematics Achievement of K‐3 Students," Peter Paprzycki, Nicole Tuttle, Charlene M. Czerniak, Scott Molitor, Joan Kadervaek, Robert Mendenhall, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, November 2017.

2. Paper: "Investigating the Impact of NGSS-Aligned Professional Development on PK-3 Teachers’ Science Content Knowledge and Pedagogy," Nicole Tuttle, Joan N. Kaderavek, Scott Molitor, Charlene M. Czerniak, Eugenia Johnson-Whitt, Debra Bloomquist, Winnifred Namatovu, Grant Wilson, Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2016.

3. Video: "NURTURES: Engaging Teachers, Children & Families," Grant Wilson and Amanda Gilbert, 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase.

NURTURES is creating an integrated system of science education for grades preschool through 3 in the Toledo, Ohio area. The University of Toledo Judith Herb College of Education and College of Engineering in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences at UT and Toledo Public Schools along with supporting educational partners, informal science partners and community resources are working to transform the way in which PK-3 science is taught through the development and implementation of a complementary science education learning model that combines inquiry and learning, formal and informal education, teachers and parents, schools and the community, in a comprehensive effort to improve science subject interest and science achievement. Primary objectives include: increased student interest and achievement in science, increased PK-3 teachers' knowledge of science pedagogy and science standards, increased parent involvement in in-school and out-of-school educational activities, a replicable complementary science education learning model, and increased state, district and school policies supporting PK-3 science education and parent involvement.