Classroom Student Investigations June 15-26, 2015 (residential)

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Classroom Student Investigations

June 15-26, 2015 (residential)

Teacher Application: Due April 10, 2015

Thank you for your interest in our institute. Please PRINT or TYPE the following information:

Contact Information

Name of Applicant:

Street (Mailing) Address:

Home City, State, ZIP:

Home phone/Cell phone number:

Applicant’s personal email address:

School Information

Name of school:

School district:

School City, State, and ZIP:

School phone number:

Applicant’s school email address:

Some Information about You
1. You are: a. male b. female
2. You are: (please circle all that apply)
a. White, Non-Hispanic b. Hispanic c. Black, Non-Hispanic d. Asian e. other: __________
3. What is your highest level of education? a. Bachelor’s b. Master’s c. Specialist d. Doctorate
4. How many years have you taught science (include the 2014-15 school year)? ________
5. Please list all the SCIENCE courses are you currently teaching (2014-15).

6. What grade(s) do you teach SCIENCE? Please circle all that apply

4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
7. What setting are you teaching science in?

a) Elementary School b) Middle School/Junior High School c) High School

8. What is the total number of students you have in science classes in 2014-15? __________
9. Where did you learn about this program? __________________________________________________________________________________________
10. Are you:

a. a Teach for America teacher yes no

b. currently enrolled in an alternative licensure program yes no

The following questions address your interest in the institute, and how you think your participation will impact your students. Please type your answers on separate pages (INCLUDE YOUR NAME on all pages) and attach the sheets to your application.
A. Please describe your training in science and/or science education.
B. Please explain how your participation in this project will specifically impact your students, especially underserved and underrepresented populations in STEM (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics).
C. Do you incorporate inquiry-based activities in your classroom? What do you see as the advantages and/or barriers to incorporating these types of activities?
E. What experience do you have in including families in your science teaching (such as family science nights?) What is your opinion about including families in science education?
F. Please describe why you want to participate in the Classroom Student Investigations Project.
________ completed surveys (what is your classroom like?)

________ essay questions (typed on separate pages from the application)

________ completed, signed application
Please note that space in our institute is limited-completing this application does NOT guarantee acceptance into the institute.


CSI Science Institute

PO Box 2785, Arkansas State University, State University, AR, 72467, Email:,

Phone: 501- 492-9CSI (9274), (PLEASE, NO FAXES)


  • Teachers will receive a stipend of up to $2000 for successful completion of the program (summer and academic year).

  • I agree to implement inquiry-based forensic science lessons in my classroom during the academic year

  • I agree to implement a family science program during the academic year

Applicant Name (please print) ________________________________________________________
Applicant Signature___________________________________ Date________________________

Principal of school:

  • I agree to allow grant personnel to visit the school, observe classrooms, and interact with students.

  • I agree to allow evaluation instruments as required by the grant to be administered in the school.

  • I agree to support my teacher’s use of inquiry-based forensic science lessons in the classroom during the academic year and to support the implementation of a family science program during the academic year

Principal Name (please print) ____________________________________________________________
Principal Signature __________________________________ Date ___________________________

Travel assistance
Limited travel assistance is available for CSI teacher participants. If you are travelling from out of state or travelling a long distance, you may qualify for support (full travel reimbursement is unlikely, exact amount will depend on the number of applicants applying for support).
If driving, approximate round-trip mileage from your home to institute (Jonesboro, AR): _______
If flying, approximate cost of air fare to either Memphis, TN or Little Rock, AR: __________
Please provide justification for travel assistance:
What is your classroom like?

Since this is a grant-funded project, we need to collect information about teachers’ practices. The information we are collecting here is baseline data, so please answer the following questions openly and honestly- your responses to this section will NOT be used as part of the selection criteria!

About how often did students in your science classes do the following during the 2014-15 academic year?

Check one response on each line.



(a few times a year)

Sometimes (once or twice a month)

Often (once or twice a week)

All or almost all lessons

Listen and take notes during presentation by teachers

Work with other students in small groups on science experiments or investigations

Work with other students in small groups on activities OTHER than experiments or Investigations

Read other (non textbook) science related materials in class

Follow specific instructions in an activity or investigation

Participate in field work (outside classroom)

Record, represent (e.g., graph) and/or analyze data

Prepare written science reports

Work on extended investigations or projects (a week or more in duration)

Use technology to collect data

Use technology to analyze data

Use the Internet for data acquisition

Make connections between “real-life” events and what they learn in science class

Take an exam/quiz

Investigate a teacher-presented question; the students design and direct the investigation.

Use the internet for any purpose (other than data collection) in science class

Watch a demonstration

Read from a science textbook in class

Learn about the contributions of women/minorities in STEM fields

Do hands-on/laboratory science activities or investigations

Design or implement their own investigations

Answer textbook or worksheet questions

Learn about different career opportunities in STEM fields

Make formal presentations to the rest of the class

Review homework/worksheet assignments

Use technology to demonstrate principles

Use technology for laboratory simulations

Write reflections (e.g., in a journal)

Make connections between different science domains (ex: connections between chem. and bio)

Investigate a teacher-presented question using a teacher-given procedure to answer the question

Students generate their own research question and design/implement their own investigation

Put together information for portfolios

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