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Penn State Berks Faculty Provide Leadership for Science Education Initiative

Article about the role of David Bender and Amy Marsch in a science education partnership

by Joe Savrock (April 2008)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Two Penn State Berks faculty members—David Bender, associate professor of educational psychology, and Amy Marsch, instructor of science education—are coordinating a partnership aimed at improving science education at elementary schools in the Reading (Pa.) School District. Carpenter Technology Corp., a manufacturer of specialty materials, has committed $100,000 for the first year of the three-year initiative.

Bender is program coordinator for the elementary and kindergarten education degree program at Penn State Berks. Marsch is serving as the project’s consultant, working with teachers and administrators to keep them familiar with national and state education standards.

Bender and Marsch co-wrote the proposal and assessment plan. They will continue to plan the grant activities, discuss strategies for implementation, identify additional funding sources, and explore linkages with other programs.  The grant will also fund a "Family Science Saturdays" program and help the district with field trips and projects such as outdoor gardens.

The complete story is available at Penn State Live.