Curriculum/Educational Resources/Professional Development
Quarknet is an initiative to involve high-school teachers and their students in state-of-the-art research that seeks to resolve some of the mysteries about the structure of matter and the fundamental forces of nature. It is supported by the National Science Foundation and the U. S. Department of Energy.
BRUSHE is a student-led, student-run sexual health education program. We teach weekly workshops to students in Providence middle schools, giving them a safe space to discuss sexual health, relationships, body image, and other relevant topics. We aim to supplement the school’s existing sexual education program in a way that encourages students to ask questions that will inform their decisions.
The Choices Program draws on scholarship from Brown University to produce innovative curricula and videos that make contested international issues accessible, engaging, and relevant to secondary school audiences. Also offers professional development workshops for educators from across the nation.
The Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences recruits under-represented minorities and under-privileged students to work in the lab, offers summer research opportunities for minority students through the BP-ENDURE and Leadership Alliance programs at Brown, and makes opportunities available for high school students and undergraduates at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). In partnership with RISD, we educate STEM teachers about new techniques and technological advances and provide outreach to elementary schools and foster care facilities, allowing them to participate in educational programs about the basic principles of brain development and functioning.
Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences’ Science-Teaching and Education Program (DEEP STEP) is an outreach program that works in partnership with Providence Public Schools’ Department (PPSD) to develop and bring Earth Science lessons into local elementary classrooms. We develop quarter-long, multi-lesson Earth Science Modules for grades 2-5 that are aligned with grade-specific Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and are centered on inquiry-driven science learning. Our volunteers co-teach the Modules with participating teachers in three Providence public schools (Vartan Gregorian, Pleasant View and Martin Luther King).
This course is a practical introduction to Earth Sciences curriculum design and teaching with a strong “learning by teaching” component. Students will learn about the principles and best practices of science education and communication and will teach a theme-driven ten-lesson Earth Science module designed by DEEPS students in collaboration with participating teachers from two Providence elementary schools. After each lesson, students will receive feedback and will analyze and discuss their teaching process during class meetings. In the second part of the course, students will apply the experience they gained to design a new module outline.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program is an intensive one-year master's and certification program that prepares tomorrow's teacher leaders in secondary education (grades 7-12) in English, social studies, mathematics, or science (biology, chemistry, or engineering/physics). Our program is a unique blend of outstanding university-based coursework, an immersion in teaching in a summer enrichment program, and a yearlong teaching residency in one of our local district or charter public schools. MAT candidates learn to teach within a particular school context while developing an understanding of the larger landscape of educational inequity — and how to make positive change.
We offer a full range of programs from introductory professional development workshops to a Whole School Transformative Mindfulness Initiative for those schools committed to establishing mindfulness as a foundation for students’ education and the well-being of faculty and staff. Our Mindfulness in Schools programs are designed and customized to address the specific needs of each academic community, including students, teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals and school leadership.
Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning experiences for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. We create an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. We also provide teachers with the training, resources, and support they need to engage students in real-world learning. Our pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science engage students in hands-on activities, projects, and problems; empower them to solve real-world challenges; and inspire them to reimagine how they see themselves.
The yearlong program in urban education policy prepares students to become education change agents who can lead the fight to improve students’ opportunities and outcomes. Over the course of a year, UEP students complete an independent research project, take rigorous courses, and gain community experience through internships with Brown’s community partners. Through this integration of research, theory, and practice, students learn how urban education policy works, how decisions are made, how to measure policy consequences, and how to make an impact.