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ISP to improve math education in local schools through Math314

By Diane Keaggy on November 22, 2019 in Sharing Best Practices, Supporting Educators

Stagnant scores, frustrated students, daunted educators — such is the state of math education across the nation and in the region. That’s why the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis is introducing Math314, an innovative program that will improve math instruction and boost students' enthusiasm for the subject.  

Who Will Help Children? Building Brain Regimes

By Diane Keaggy on August 9, 2019 in Sharing Best Practices

William F. Tate, dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education, calls for the region to build a public-private "a brain regime" to protect the region's children. Key recommendations including improving the region's teachers, strengthening K-12 STEM education and reclaiming those students who have been pushed out of schools.

A new life, a new language

By Diane Keaggy on January 29, 2019 in Sharing Best Practices

Cindy Brantmeier, professor of applied linguistics and education, has designed a social reading program that employs online games to help adolescent refugees and immigrants. The results are promising -- test scores have improved along with student confidence.

Who will teach tomorrow’s coders

By Diane Keaggy on December 14, 2018 in Sharing Best Practices, Supporting Educators

High school students need computer science skills, but who will teach them? The Institute for School Partnership is addressing Missouri's desperate shortage of computer science educators through the Code.org professional learning program, which prepares educators with no coding experience to lead computer science classes. The need is urgent: onl...

High school students should study earth science. Here’s why

By Diane Keaggy on August 31, 2017 in Sharing Best Practices

Ever wonder why some subjects are taught in high school while others are not, or why students spend so much time memorizing facts? According to Washington University geophysicist Michael Wysession, science curricula in the US are based on standards that are more than 120 years old, and being stuck in the past has had serious consequences. Wysess...

Partnership launches a health center at Normandy High School

By Diane Keaggy on August 23, 2017 in Sharing Best Practices

A new health center at Normandy High School will provide students much-needed primary health care and behavioral health services. For the Sake of All, an initiative led by Jason Purnell of Washington University in St. Louis, has identified school-based health centers as a key strategy in tackling health inequities affecting African Americans in ...

​​​​Initiative to improve college readiness launched​

By WashU on February 16, 2016 in Sharing Best Practices

In response to the Ferguson Commission’s call to improve college access, Washington University in St. Louis has launched the College Readiness and Pipeline Initiative. Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton says the initiative supports the university’s commitment to both serve the St. Louis community and to increase socio-economic diversity on campus.

Weaver presents at STEM Summit

By WashU on February 5, 2016 in Sharing Best Practices

In a world of evolving technologies and complex problems, training children as young as kindergartners to think like engineers may be the key to helping them prepare for the future, says Kimberly Weaver, engineering educator at Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership (ISP).