Wanted: Control Group for College of Education Research Study

The University of South Carolina College of Education is conducting a research study and is in need of middle school science teachers to partcipate as a control group (March 2016 – May 2017). This group of 6th, 7th, and 8th science teachers will be used as a comparison for research purposes. Click here for more details. 

As a participant in the control group (not a STEP Professional Development participant), you will receive the following:

  • Research Awards – $150
  • Standards-based curriculum
  • NSTA membership


  • Teachers must be a US citizen currently teaching in a South Carolina 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Science class to be eligible.
  • Teachers may only apply for grade level content course based on current position/grade level working for 2015 – 2016 academic year.
  • Former Participants/Teachers in USC’s STEP, T.I.P.S., or Summer Institute are not eligible.
  • All science teachers both public and private schools are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: February 28, 2016

Selection Announced: February 28, 2016

Additional information, please contact Karen Campbell at uscinquiryworkshop@gmail.com

STEP into the New Science Standards Professional Development Program

This is an ongoing grant-funded collaboration between the USC College of Education, USC Center for Science Education (Arts and Science), and multiple high-need school districts. The project provides opportunities for 6th, 7th, & 8th grade science teachers to observe “model” inquiry-based teaching to middle grades students and practice teaching in a low stakes environment (summer student program). Two professors from the USC College of Education lead this project.  Current activities include a professional development initiative for 50 middle school science teachers from across South Carolina.  The program builds content knowledge and inquiry skills over the 9 sessions and provides:

  • Free Professional Development program in science
  • Research awards
  • Standards-based curriculum
  • NSTA membership
  • In-depth content knowledge
  • Practical experience with inquiry instructional techniques
  • 3 graduate credit hours FREE ($1,500 value)
  • 3 Academic Year Workshops  + 1 Week Summer Program = 8 PD Days

Lexington District 2 Northside Middle School is the location for the professional development program.  PD dates remaining include:

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Monday – Friday, July 11 – 15, 2016

Funding Acknowledgement
The STEP project is supported by the South Carolina State Department of Education, Mathematics and Science Partnership grant award number H63010008213.