Michele Koomen

Faculty

Retired Faculty in Education

Although known affectionately by her six grandbabies [Nani (14), Ellery (12), Owen (12), Johannes (10), Aiden (10) and Noah (8)] as "Oma", most of us know Michele as someone who cares deeply about children/youth and science and mathematics education. Michele came to Gustavus after many years teaching in K-12 schools and working with in-service teachers. Her professional activities have evolved over the years at Gustavus, shifting from a focus on practitioner related activities to research related activities. 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 in-service 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. J. (2016). Inclusive Science Education: Learning from Wizard. Cultural Studies in Science Education, 43(11), pp 1-33.
  • Koomen, M. J., Weaver, S. Blair, R., & Oberhauser, K. S. (2016). Disciplinary Literacy in the Science Classroom: Using Adaptive Primary Literature. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 53(6), pp. 847-894. 

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 honored to serve as the President of the Minnesota Science Teachers Association (MNSTA: 2016-2018). The mission of MnSTA is to stimulate, coordinate, and improve science teaching and learning for all. Our annual conference (Minnesota Conference on Science Education) will take place in St. Cloud, MN on November 10-11, 2017. The conference will be attnded by 18-20 Gustavus teacher candidiates! 

Michele is an enthusiastic 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. 

 

Education

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).



Courses Taught

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
EDU-371 Elementary Science Methods and Materials 34 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 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-373 Elementary Mathematics Methods and Materials 34 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 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 31 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 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-248 Science Connections 13 2018/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP
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-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-268 Career Exploration 1 2006/JN
EDU-509 Teaching Math for Understanding 1 2002/SU
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.