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North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership

image for project NCOSP The North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership (NCOSP) is a targeted Math and Science Partnership involving Western Washington University, Everett Community College, Northwest Indian College, Skagit Valley College, Whatcom Community College, and 26 predominately rural school districts seeking to improve science teaching and learning in both K-12 and higher education through a focus on science education in grades 3-10. University scientists, supported by curriculum and assessment reform specialists and master teachers, are creating, implementing, and exploring innovative content and education courses for future teachers and K-12 professional development models (both on-campus and building-based) in the context of reform curricula. The Partnership Districts are planning science programs, identifying and selecting research-based curriculum materials aligned with state and national standards, creating a materials support system to provide classroom ready materials, implementing classroom-based assessments, preparing teachers to guide students in inquiry-centered science instruction, and increasing administrative and community understanding of the core curriculum.

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Implementing and Evaluating Reformed Science Curricula for Higher Education and Professional Development Settings

"This paper describes the implementation of new curricula in biology and geology with preservice teachers at several higher educational institutions and with inservice teachers...


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Impact of a Multi-Institutional Curriculum Development Project on Disciplinary Science Faculty

"This study addresses the impact of a multi-institutional collaboration among disciplinary science faculty to develop undergraduate content courses for future elementary teachers in biology and geology....

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Perspectives on Deepening Teachers' Science Content Knowledge: The Case of the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership

"The North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership (NCOSP) project served teacher leaders of grades 3-10 and disciplinary science faculty. NCOSP created and conducted a sequential series of three 80-hour residential…


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Implementing and Evaluating Reformed Science Curricula for Higher Education and Professional Development Settings

"This paper describes the implementation of new curricula in biology and geology with preservice teachers at several higher educational institutions and with inservice teachers...

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Higher Education Partners

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School District Partners

  • Anacortes
  • Bainbridge Island
  • Bellingham
  • Blaine
  • Bremerton
  • Brennen
  • Burlington-Edison
  • Cape Flattery
  • Chimacum
  • Concrete
  • Conway
  • Crescent
  • Ferndale
  • La Conner
  • Lynden
  • Meridian
  • Mount Baker
  • Mount Vernon
  • Nooksack Valley
  • North Mason
  • Port Angeles
  • Port Townsend
  • Queets-Clearwater
  • Quilcene
  • Quillayute Valley
  • Sedro-Woolley
  • Sequim School Districts
  • Lummi Tribal School