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Maine Center for Research in STEM Education

Biennial Conference 2007

No Question Left Behind: Bringing Guided-Inquiry Curricula into Science and Mathematics Classrooms

A one-and-a-half-day workshop for middle- and high-school science
and mathematics teachers

Sponsored by the University of Maine Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research and The Jackson Laboratory, with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Bank of America Company, trustee of the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation

Dates:     8:30 Monday, June 25 – 1:30 Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Location: University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Maine

Monday night hotel rooms provided for participants at no cost at the Comfort Inn Ocean’s Edge

This workshop will explore ways to give middle and high school students the opportunity to develop their own evidence-based understanding of science and mathematics concepts by researching and solving content-rich problems. Drawing from examples in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, and Earth sciences, presentations will focus on

  • using research in the classroom to identify what students know, and how they learn
  • using that information to develop guided inquiry instruction for students

Additional sessions will delve into

  • Use of technology in teaching inquiry
  • Strategies for guiding students through inquiry
  • Strategies for creating a classroom culture that facilitates inquiry
  • Assessing student learning

The workshop is open to 75 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Fifty spaces will be held for in-service teachers who will receive a $200 stipend for attending the entire workshop. All participants are invited to present posters showing innovative curricula, assessment, and other related topics. The workshop is free of charge to all participants and includes Monday night private room accommodations at the Comfort Inn Ocean’s Edge on Penobscot Bay in Belfast and all meals. Continuing Education Units are available to those who participate in the entire workshop.

Presenters include:

  • Holly Devaul, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (Digital Library For Earth Systems Education)
  • Karen Graham, University of New Hampshire (mathematics education)
  • David Hammer, University of Maryland, College Park (physics education)
  • David Kantor, Northwestern University (biology education)
  • David Pysnik, Sidney High School, Ithaca College, State University College of New York at Delhi, and Cornell University (chemistry education)
  • Don Sprangers, Washington Academy (life/environmental science education)
  • Michelle Stephan, Lawton Chiles Middle School (mathematics education)
  • Diana Underwood-Gregg, Purdue University Calumet (mathematics education)
  • Faculty and graduate students from the University of Maine Masters of Science Teaching Program

Comments from past Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research sponsored conferences

Very well organized.  All the activities were engaging and made me think deeply about how I teach and how people learn.  The presenters were all excellent and there was a mix of interests and backgrounds for presenters and participants that made the experience rich … GREAT LOCATION!

This was an exciting opportunity to meet with like-minded people.  I was pleased to hear I am not alone in some of my own struggles in the classroom.  I gained some resources I can use right away.

This workshop was immediately useful to me.  There was a high degree of interaction and a combination of focus with breadth.  The presentation allowed exploration of several activities all relating to a specific outcome.

Registration: If you would like to be put on our Contact List for future events, please send an email to Please include your name, school, grade level, subject(s) taught, and email address.

Questions: Amie Gellen, Assistant Director, Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research:, phone: 581-1021