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Local teacher learns science strategies at UNL Summer Institute

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:53 a.m. CDT

LINCOLN, Neb. — Creston Middle School teacher Jim Hyde recently spent two weeks supplementing his teaching skills at a summer institute offered through the National Center for Research on Rural Education (RČEd) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

From June 3-13, Hyde learned the principles and strategies of guided scientific inquiry, a classroom approach designed to help students master the methods scientists use to study the natural world. After witnessing veteran science teachers model effective inquiry practices, Hyde developed and presented lesson plans that he will implement during the upcoming school year. Participating teachers will also receive follow-up coaching via distance technology to support their implementation of inquiry strategies in the classroom.

Hyde joined 34 fellow science teachers from rural Nebraska and Iowa communities in attending the institute, which is part of an ongoing RČEd research project titled CSI: Coaching Science Inquiry in Rural Schools. The project aims to gauge the impact of coaching on teachers’ inquiry knowledge, skills and practice. It will also assess how the resulting classroom lessons influence students’ knowledge of scientific concepts and inquiry principles.

For more information on the CSI project, visit

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