Elementary CORE Academy: Possible impacts on elementaryteachers and student

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Annual International Conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)

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The focus of this poster will be two-fold. First, the model for professional development that the Elementary CORE Academy provides will be illustrated. And secondly, the preliminary impacts on inservice elementary teachers and elementary students as a result of teacher participation in Elementary CORE Academies will be explored. Even though it is a work in progress, the Elementary CORE Academy provides a model of professional development based on reform teaching principles that appears to have a positive impact on thousands of elementary teachers and students each year. The model of the Core Academy with its pre- and post-academy activities appears to be fostering continued professional growth among the participating teachers and student science achievement is improving. Future studies and implications of findings will also be discussed.