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Maine Center for Research in STEM Education

Biennial Conference 2009

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

Monday, June 22 – Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Schoodic Education and Research Center

3rd Biennial one-and-a-half-day conference for middle- and high-schoolscience and mathematics teachers

Hosted by the University of Maine Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research (Center) 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, and Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine, which is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. EPS-0554545

This conference will explore ways to give 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 mathematics, biology, physics, astronomy, and chemistry 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 conference will run from 8:30 A.M. Monday until 1:30 P.M. Tuesday. Space is limited to 90 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. The conference is free for participants and includes all conference meals. Housing on Monday night is available for a limited number of participants. Fifty spaces will be held for in-service teachers who will receive a $200 stipend for participating in the entire conference. Certificate of Attendance and Continuing Education Units will be provided. All participants are invited to present posters showing research-supported curricula or pedagogy, assessment tools, guided-inquiry experiences and other related topics.


  • Leslie Atkins, Assistant Professor, Science Education & Physics, California State University, Chico
  • Anita Bernhardt, Science & Technology Specialist, Maine Department of Education
  • Diane Ebert-May, Professor, Plant Biology, Michigan State
  • Elizabeth Haynes, Mathematics Teacher, Troy Howard Middle School
  • Mary Madden, Associate Research Professor, University of Maine
  • Carolyn Malstrom, Director of Curriculum for Biomedical Sciences, Project Lead The Way
  • W. Tad Johnston, Mathematics Teacher, William S. Cohen School, Bangor
  • Edward Prather, Associate Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer, University of Arizona
  • Alice Putti, Chemistry Teacher, Target Inquiry: Improving High School Chemistry, Jenison High School
  • Sarah Toman, Chemistry Teacher, Target Inquiry, Western Michigan Christian High School

Registration: To be put on our Contact List for future conferences and workshops, please contact Leisa Preble, UMaine Department of Physics and Astronomy
phone:  581-1016  email:

Questions: Amie Gellen, Assistant Director, Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research