TSO-UP research staff brings together culturally responsive teaching and place-based education.

September 13, 2021
Roberta Hunter and Gail Richmond in the webinar.

On September 10, 2021, TSO-UP Principal Investigator Gail Richmond and Research Associate Roberta Howard Hunter participated in a national webinar panel "Partnering Culturally Responsive Teaching and Place-based Science Education." The panel, hosted by the STEM Multiplex for All and the STEM Teacher Leadership Network, brought together teachers, informal educators, and researchers. Moderated by Hunter, the panel had a lively discussion of how culturally responsive teaching and place-based education can be used to improve teaching and learning. The page for the webinar, as well as the associated blog post and discussion board, can be found here

Meet the team!

March 4, 2021
Photo of TSO-UP Team at the Casino on Belle Isle 2021

As the TSO-UP team prepare for the spring and summer 2021 programs, we made a short video introducing ourselves. Check it out!

Teaching Science Outdoors: Urban Partnerships

September 19, 2019
Gail Richmond Photo

TSO-UP at Michigan Science Teachers Association 2020

March 24, 2020
Three teachers stand next to the Grand River in winter, with city buildings in the background.

The Teaching Science Outdoors – Urban Partnerships team presented a session “Watershed Observation: teaching Science Outdoors” during the Michigan Science Teachers Association 2020 Conference. Eleanor Kenimer, Kara Strauss, and Dr. Roberta Howard Hunter took advantage of the Lansing location to demonstrate that you can teach science outdoors anywhere – even in the heart of the city. The teachers that joined our session went outdoors to look for evidence along the Grand River that humans impact the watershed, animals live in the watershed, and erosion is occurring. We then shared our photo evidence on Twitter, using #TSO-UP. Check it out to see some teacher-learners in action. The presentation is available here