GSC Professors Featured in Award Winning Video

Gordon State College Dean of the School of Education Dr. Mike Mahan and Biology Professor Dr. Theresa Stanley are featured in an award winning Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian video on effective professional development for science teachers.

The video features how Gordon State utilized a 2017-18 Math and Science Partnership grant funded by the Georgia Department of Education to create a workshop for  third, fourth, and fifth grade teachers in both public and private schools in Henry County.

The video, “Improving Science Teacher’s Knowledge Through PD” was featured in a STEM Video Showcase and recently won the Facilitator’s Choice Award.

Teachers completed a pre-workshop assessment – Misconceptions - Oriented Science Assessment Resource for Teachers (MOSART) - in each science area, to identify areas of need. Based on the MOSART results, workshops were designed to improve the teachers’ content knowledge and confidence in teaching astronomy, physical science, earth science, and life science. The workshop materials were developed by Gordon State faculty and included hands-on learning activities that teachers took back to the classroom.

A post-workshop assessment was given to the teachers, and analysis showed clear and significant gain in content knowledge and confidence in each area of science for the teachers.

“I enjoyed working with the teachers in Henry County,” said Mahan. “It was a great experience helping teachers learn.”

The video, which can be viewed by clicking the link below, features both Mahan and Stanley as well as Jarvia Wright, a fourth grade teacher at Wesley Lakes Elementary in Henry County. GSC Professors Dr. Richard Schmude and Dr. Lynn Rumfelt were also involved in the grant process and workshops.