Teachers RIP at Science Education in Kaimuki Complex Through Federally-Funded Partnership

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The Research Investigation Process (RIP™), a scientific inquiry program for kindergarten through high school science education, changes the way teachers and students think about science. Students learn standards-based science concepts using the RIP by testing hypotheses related to objects and events that are interesting and important to them. Teachers and students at schools in the Kaimuki Complex in Hawaii are experiencing this first-hand through RIP~ing@Science in Kaimuki Complex thanks to the formation of a federally-funded partnership.

ANOVA Science Education Corporation (ANOVA Science; http://www.anovascience.com) announced today that it has partnered with the Hawaii Department of Education’s Kaimuki Complex and the Biology Program at the University of Hawaii to coordinate “RIP~ing@Science in Kaimuki Complex.” This program is designed to use scientific inquiry to enhance science instruction and assessment practices, student learning, and critical thinking ability across ten schools through introduction of the Research Investigation Process (RIP™). The RIP is a scientific inquiry based K-12 science education program developed by research scientist and science education specialist Dr. Robert Landsman, also the president of ANOVA Science. RIP~ing@Science in Kaimuki Complex has received funding through a competitive Title II Federal Math and Science Partnership Grant. The grant, renewable for up to three years, is designed to encourage partner organizations to develop and participate in standards-based professional development activities that will improve student outcomes in math and science. Especially targeted were programs designed to develop highly-qualified K-12 science teachers equipped with science content knowledge and to improve K-12 student achievement in those schools identified as “needs improvement.”

“I am excited about the partnership that the Kaimuki Complex Schools have formed with the University of Hawaii Biology Program and ANOVA Science Education with its state-of-the-art scientific research-based Research Investigation Process,” said Estelle Wong, Kaimuki/Kalani Complex Area Superintendent. “Use of this process will help our teachers to align their curriculum with state and national standards and develop students who wonder about their world, are able to think critically, and solve problems logically and methodically. Dr. Landsman fully understands the power and promise of students who are motivated and excited about learning. His Research Investigation Process provides teachers with a means to motivate and excite students."

According to the documents supporting the funded partnership grant proposal, Kaimuki is a “high-need” complex. Last year, out of the 5552 students serviced, 2994 live in families with incomes below the poverty line and qualify for Federal Free and Reduced (F&R) Lunch. Those numbers translate to 54% of the entire 10 school complex student population with a range from 13% to 96.7% Free and Reduced Lunch, depending on the school. Approximately one third of Kaimuki’s student population is designated Special Education or English Language Learners (ELL).

“Students are capable if teachers create the learning opportunities,” stated Kaimuki Complex School Renewal Specialist Dr. Alan Ramos, who is serving as one of the coordinators for the grant. “This is an opportunity for our teachers to gain in experience through training to help our students compete in the global society in the universal language of progress which is science.”

This year’s participating teachers have already taken the initial step to begin implementation of the RIP™ inquiry model into their classrooms by attending an intensive summer training session, conducted by ANOVA Science and the Curriculum Section of the Honolulu District, in which they assumed the same roles as learners that their students will assume this school year. Teachers were instructed in how to use the RIP™ model and in techniques to facilitate implementation of the RIP™ into the classroom, including applications of technology to instruction. The series of summer workshops supporting RIP~ing@Science in Kaimuki Complex were facilitated by Dr. Landsman, who serves as Content Coordinator for the grant, and Pamela Kohara, who is the Technical Resource Teacher for the Kaimuki Complex.

When asked for her evaluation of the training, National Board Certified 10th grade Kaimuki High School science teacher Jami Muranaka stated, "The RIP training workshop was the best professional development course in science that I have ever taken. What I learned from the training was very practical and could be immediately implemented in my classroom.” Ms. Muranaka has already begun to introduce the program into her instructional practices. “I started using the Research Investigation Process with my students on the first day of class, and one month later, we are still using it daily. So far, I have seen students excited about 'doing science' and being challenged to think like a scientist. Many of my students enter my class as robots, having been told throughout their school years what to investigate in science and how to investigate it. The RIP encourages them to be creative and investigate questions relevant to their own lives. As a teacher, my job has become easier. Rather than planning lessons on a daily basis, the students plan their own lessons and I serve as a guide, making sure they learn what they need to learn while allowing them to make their own choices within the curriculum guidelines."

Joyce Luka, a Palolo Elementary School teacher, is currently implementing the RIP™ with her colleague Sharon Gouveia. Ms. Luka described what happened during their third inquiry lesson with a particularly motivationally- and behaviorally-challenged class of 5th grade students: “We had a breakthrough. The children were raising their hands and participating. Success!”

“The energy and time invested in competing for the grant and training the initial 22 participants has already doubled the returns!” claimed Ms. Kohara, the grant Project Director. “This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for the renewal of the science curriculum in the Kaimuki Complex schools. Not only are the teachers motivated about the RIP, but also many have already reported to me that this program is getting their students excited about science. What could be better? Kaimuki Complex is ready to RIP through science.”

ANOVA Science Education Corporation assists schools in implementing scientific research-based science education programs, providing students with critical thinking and decision making tools for life-long learning skills that support economic growth and the maintenance of security in the USA. As sole distributor of products and services associated with the Research Investigation Process (RIP™) inquiry-based science education program for K-12 schools, the contribution of ANOVA Science's vision, services, and products toward the nation's movement for science education reform has been recognized and is well-received by national and state education organizations. ANOVA Science's activities and services include professional development workshops and seminars for elementary school, middle school and high school teachers; teacher coaching and mentoring; curriculum development addressing state and National Science Education Standards; and publishing education materials available online at http://www.anovascience.com. For more information about RIP~ing@Science in Kaimuki Complex, please call (808) 741-8512 or to learn more about ANOVA Science's products and services, visit http://www.anovascience.com.

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