STeLLA Program for Teachers

BSCS Science Learning is partnering with leaders and science educators throughout Tennessee and Kentucky to help address a national need for high quality science teacher professional learning. During this five-year project, BSCS will work with 4th and 5th grade teachers primarily from high needs, rural districts and schools. Regional leaders including PIMSER, the Tennessee Aquarium, and Instruction Partners, will help ensure the new STeLLA model is aligned to state science standards and the impact is sustainable long-term.

BSCS has developed a nationally-recognized program for teacher learning called STeLLA®, Science Teachers Learning from Lesson Analysis. K-12 science teachers who want to implement research-based curriculum, improve their teaching, or navigate next generation science all have something to gain from this proven program. And so do their students. STeLLA is based on a 17-year line of research and development at BSCS. It has demonstrated impacts on both teacher and student learning above and beyond any impacts from a traditional science teacher professional learning program.

Results Discussion with Participating Teachers
In March 2023, KDE Commissioner Jason Glass visited Abbey Reynold’s 4th grade classroom and later talked with the 4th grade team. The focus of the conversation was how STeLLA is impacting their classrooms. Their comments are so powerful!

2021-22 Participating Districts:

  • Boone County
  • Estill County
  • Jefferson County
  • Madison County
  • Mercer County

2022-23 Participating Districts:

  • Boone County
  • Campbell County
  • Letcher County
  • Madison County
  • McLean County
  • Pulaski County
  • Rockcastle County

With funding from the US Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program, teachers from across Tennessee and Kentucky participated in BSCS Science Learning’s 2022 STeLLA Summer Institute in Knoxville, TN.

Read about THE STeLLA EFFECT Professional Learning that Transforms Science Teaching
Read the EdWeek article Video-Based Teacher Collaboration Helps Teachers Find the ‘Story of Science’

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