UNI science education grant to provide professional development for Iowa science teachers

Posted on Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Lawrence Escalada, professor, physics, 319-273-2431,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Science Education program has expanded its three-year grant from the Iowa Department of Education Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships program. This extended grant will provide a continuation of the Integrated Crosscutting Concepts in Iowa Science Classrooms (ICCISC) program.

The professional development program started in the summer of 2014. The purpose is to help teachers integrate crosscutting concepts in the development and implementation of standards-based science curricula using research-based instruction, which will prepare students in science and other STEM-related fields. Teachers will meet virtually once a month and twice in person over the course of the academic year to continue to build their network and further support one another in the implementation of their curriculum.

This year, an additional 21 science teacher colleagues joined the original 24 secondary science teachers from across the state of Iowa. Together, the teachers will develop, revise and implement instructional units in their science classrooms in collaboration with UNI science education faculty, Area Education Agency (AEA) science consultants and master high school teachers.

For more information about the program, contact Lawrence Escalada, chair of UNI science education and professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or, or Dawn Del Carlo, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and science education, at 319-273-3296 or