Having students solve math equations or do science homework is one thing, but letting them tackle real-world problems allows them to think and analyze in a different way. Catalyst Chicago profiled a Chicago Public School which gives students a real-world-type of conundrum--for example, whether to site a garbage dump in a neighborhood–and lets them approach it from many angles to weigh the costs and benefits.
Catalyst suggested National Louis University, which was awarded an $8.3 million Total Quality Partnership federal grant in September to figure out how to improve STEM teacher preparation for schools in high-poverty areas, may consider such an approach.
NLU will work on incorporating Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into its teacher preparation residency programs, in concert with the Illinois Institute of Technology and Academy for Urban School Leadership, Catalyst said.
Find out more at Catalyst Chicago.