Friday, April 08, 2011

Joe Krajcik receives Teaching Innovation Prize

Tags: awards, deans updates, krajcik, science education

I am so pleased to share the terrific news that Joe Krajcik, professor and associate dean for research, is one of the 2011 recipients of the provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize. The award recognizes faculty who have developed innovative approaches to teaching that incorporate creative pedagogies such as: new uses of instructional technology; new ways to engage students in the learning process; new approaches to student collaboration; or new methods for replicating the advantages of a small course in a large lecture. The award is also intended to encourage the dissemination of best practices by sharing promising innovations with faculty.

Professor Krajcik and Brian Coppola, professor of chemistry at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, received the award for their project, “Securing Our FUTURE: Foundations for Undergraduate Teaching—Uniting Research and Education.” The FUTURE program combines the desire of the IDEA Institute, which Joe and Brian co-direct, to raise the bar on grades 6-12 science instruction while promoting the idea of science teaching as a career choice to U-M undergraduate students. Students in the FUTURE program are focused on supporting middle or high school classroom teachers by developing and assisting with specific learning activities. Each of the activities was developed to be a collaboration among the classroom teacher, the undergraduate participants, and the IDEA staff.

Joe is the fourth School of Education faculty member to receive this prize since its inception three years ago. Last year, Bob Bain, Barry Fishman, and Elizabeth Moje received the award. Please join me in congratulating Joe on this wonderful honor!

Update April 12, 2011: Joe Krajcik and the other prize recipients from across the university were featured in the April 12, 2011, Record Update.

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