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National Leadership Program for Teachers

Addressing the Standards for Professional Development for Teachers of Science

  • Learning of science content through inquiry
  • Learning to teach science
  • Development, understanding and ability for lifelong learning
  • Development and integration of professional development programs

NLPT's goals are to:

  1. enhance teaching through the introduction of updated materials and improved techniques
  2. recognize and promote the ability of exceptional middle and secondary school teachers to provide professional development for their peers
  3. facilitate collaboration among local school districts to disseminate new materials and techniques.

The program offers four-week residential summer workshops known as Core Institutes (e.g., the Biology Program for High Teachers), one-week workshops in urban and rural areas known as TORCH (Teacher OutReaCH) institutes, and professional development activities for middle and secondary school science and mathematics teachers, and Core Institute graduates. Since 1982, more than 90,000 teachers have participated in one or more of NLPT's activities.

Core Institute participants are trained to use computers and graphing calculators, as well as telecommunications equipment to communicate after the institute concludes. They then are expected to lead outreach programs in their districts. TORCH participants engage in computer interfacing and simulation exercises, use and review computer software, and build inexpensive make-and-take projects. During the academic year, they attend at least one Saturday workshop to share their classroom successes, learn about new classroom activities, and brush up on skills introduced at the institute. Additional activities vary according to site.

Professional development activities provide teachers with updated content information and staff-developed projects that they can use to create individualized classroom activities. NLPT strives to continually evolve and address current issues (e.g., systemic reform and the teacher's role in leading school-wide and disrict-wide change). Topics for 1996-97 include environmental science and the use of technology in the classroom.

A flier announcing each summer's TORCH institutes and a booklet containing activities developed by CORE Institute participants are available. (Project Director: Dale Koepp)


Dale S. Koepp
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
CN 5281
Princeton, NJ 08543-5281

Phone 609-452-7007
Fax 609-452-0066
Internet: koepp@woodrow.org

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Project information provided by Toby Levine Communications, Inc., as it appears in the Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project's The Guide to Math & Science Reform, Fall 1996 edition. For a complete listing and discussion of the over 950 reform initiatives and 230 organizational profiles listed in The Guide to Math & Science Reform, click here. For information on how to order The Guide, click here.

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