Although known affectionately by her six grandbabies (Nani (11), Owen (9), Ellery (10), Johannes (7), Aiden (7) and Noah (5) as "Oma", most of us know Michele as someone who cares deeply about children, but also about science and mathematics education. Michele came to Gustavus after many years teaching in the elementary schools and working with inservice teachers. Her professional activities have evolved over the years at Gustavus, shifting from a focus on practitioner related activities to research related activities, along the way developing greater collaboration with three specific organizations: Minnesota Scinece teachers Assocition, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and Sci/MathMN Teacher Research Network (TRN)
Michele's research interests do not stand alone or apart from the work that she does at Gustavus Adolphus College in preparing teachers, indeed they are integral to everything that she does here. Michele's scholarly endeavors focus on professional development with inservice science teachers, practices of exemplary teachers in science and mathematics, learning by under-represented youth in science and math classrooms, including youth with exceptionalities and second language learners in regular education classrooms. Recent publications include:
- Koomen, M. H., Blair, R., Young-Isebrand, E., & Oberhauser, K. S. (2014). Science Professional Development with Teachers: Nurturing the Scientist Within. Electronic Journal of Science Education, 18(6).
- Atchison, C.L., Koomen, M.H., Smetana, L.K., & Ceylan, J.M. Differentiation in the Science Classroom. In Morrell, P.D., & Popejoy, K. (Eds.) (2014). A few of our favorite things: Teaching ideas for K-12 science methods instructors. Boston, MA: Sense Publishers.
Michele, along with colleagues at the University of Minnesota (Karen Oberhauser, Rob Blair, Gillian Roehrig) were awarded a Directed Research K-12 NSF grant for four years that will total $2.3 million from October 2014 to September 2018. The awarded project utilizes existing citizen science projects as springboards for professional development for teachers during an intensive summer workshop (at the University of Minnesota Ecological Field station: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel, Minnesota) that will embed ecological/life science content and the practice of science with secondary teachers, promote disciplinary literacy in reading, writing, and quantitative reasoning; and support teachers in meeting the needs of diverse students, including English language learners and students with exceptionalities. The team will work with teachers from rural school districts including St. Peter, Le Sueur and Sibley East, urban school districts (Minneapolis and St. Paul) and suburban school districts with Anoka-Hennepin. Key contributions of the project are stronger connections between ecology-based citizen science programs, STEM curriculum, and students’ lives; and between science learning and disciplinary literacy in reading, writing and math. Project deliverables include 1) curriculum resources that will support engagement in five existing citizen science projects that incorporate standards-based science content; 2) venues for student research presentations that can be duplicated in other settings; and 3) a compilation of teacher-adapted primary scientific research articles that will provide a model for promoting disciplinary literacy. The project engages 40 teachers per year, and their students.
Michele is an enthsiastic long distance cyclist in the summer and an aspiring classic cross country skier in the winter. In July 2014, she rode the Seattle to Portland (STP) ride for 207 miles over two days with her adult son Sean. Playing with the grandbabies, counting butterflies, and messing about in a garden provide opportunities for Michele to frolic outside of her professional interests.
University of Minnesota, (2006). Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education major, Mathematics Education, minor. Fresno Pacific University (1999). Master of Arts. Science and Mathematics Education. Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN (1993). Undergraduate minors in chemistry and biology. California State University, Northridge, CA. BA (1975).Teacher certification (1985).
Areas of Expertise
Inclusion of students with exceptionalities in the general classrooms of science and mathematics, Practitioner inquiry with teacher candidates, Intersection of citizen science in science and mathematics education and professional developmen, Science and mathematics literacy, Citizen Science, and Monarch butterflies and insect ecology
EDU-371 (Elementary Science Methods and Materials), EDU-373 (Elementary Mathematics Methods and Materials), and EDU-385 (Elementary Interdisciplinary Models and Practicum)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|EDU-373||Elementary Mathematics Methods and Materials||27||2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA|
|EDU-371||Elementary Science Methods and Materials||27||2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA|
|EDU-385||Elementary Interdisciplinary Models and Practicum||25||2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA|
|EDU-246||Science for Elementary Educators I Lab||15||2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2001/FA|
|EDU-246||Science for Elementary Educators I||13||2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2001/FA|
|EDU-247||Science for Elementary Educators Lab||12||2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP|
|EDU-248||Science Connections||11||2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP|
|EDU-247||Science for Elementary Educators II||10||2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, and 2003/SP|
|EDU-241||Educational Technology||6||2013/FA, 2007/JN, 2006/JN, 2004/JN, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA|
|CUR-260||Natural World||3||2014/FA, 2012/SP, and 2009/SP|
|NDL-230||South Africa and Namibia||1||2009/JN|
|EDU-509||Teaching Math for Understanding||1||2002/SU|
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