Current and Recent Projects
The Next Generation Science Exemplar is an innovative, web-based platform designed to help teachers better understand and incorporate theNext Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in conjunction with the National Research Council's Framework for K-12 Science Education. The project recently received a grant of $196,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Michaels is principal investigator of the NSF grant, working closely with Jean Moon, Founder and Principal of the Tidemark Institute and Visiting Scholar at the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark, and Professor Brian Reiser, of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Together, they authored a commentary published in Education Week titled,"Science Standards Require a Teacher-Learning Rethink.
Michaels and her colleagues are designing, scripting, piloting and evaluating a web-based system of learning for practicing teachers as well as for preservice courses. Based upon years of research, this image-rich professional development system presents a unique contribution to the multi-faceted work so necessary to convey a new vision for teaching and learning science.
*Click here to view a video about the Next GenerationScience Exemplar-based PD System. *
The new standards and goals for realigning practices across the country represent a challenging departure from long-standing practice in K-12 science education. The standards – NGSS, Common Core, and NRC Frameworks – set the bar very high. States, districts and schools across the country are eager for materials that can help with implementation. The Next Generation Science Exemplar will help school leaders and teachers better understand what alignment with these standards looks like in real-world practice, through the use of existing classroom videos, selected by the researchers, which demonstrate best practices around modeling and effective argumentation in K-12 science.
Three Clark faculty members are studying the development of the Worcester Biotechnology Cluster for any lessons it might hold for current efforts to catalyze the growth of a sustainable energy/green jobs cluster in Worcester or elsewhere. Mary Ellen Boyle (GSOM), Jennie Stephens (IDCE/ESP), and Jing Zhang (GSOM) have conducted extensive in-depth interviews and combed the literature of cluster development to produce several articles and working papers.
Mosakowski Institute Director Jim Gomes delivered a Marsh Institute Lecture entitled, "Yes We Can?? American Politics and Climate Change, 2012" in Clark's Lurie Conference Room on Wednesday, February 2.
Mosakowski Institute Director Jim Gomes and Associate Professor of Political Science Rob Boatright taught the course, "Congressional Redistricting: The Geography of Politics" in 2011. The course was recognized by U. S. News and World Report as one of the "10 College Classes That Impact the Outside World."
Aimee Guidera, Director of the National Data Quality Campaign, delivered the second annual Lee Gurel '48 Lecture in Education, "From Dartboards to Dashboards: The Imperative of Using Data to Improve Student Outcomes."
Biology Professor David Hibbett and his students have been pursuing an intriguing idea: using fungi to clean up hazardous waste sites.
The Mosakowski Institute and the Public Consulting Group collaborated to research and publish an influential report on the funding of Massachusetts' community colleges. The report documented large funding disparities among the commonwealth's fifteen community colleges.