The Private Eye - looking closely and thinking by analogy with jeweler's loupes and inquiry method for hands-on interdisciplinary science, art, writing, math, and more

Private Eye 3-Credit STEM Course

AUGUST 12-16th, 2013
Offered cooperatively with
Portland State University's Continuing Education/
Graduate School of Education

and the Portland Metro STEM Center

10235 Integrating STEM Crosscutting Ideas
through The Private Eye® Program

Graduate Credits: 3
Date: Aug. 12 to Aug. 16, 2013, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Intel STEM Center, Rm 1513,18640 NW Walker Rd Beaverton, OR

This is a 2-part registration system:
1. Register online

or email The Private Eye Project
(and mail your check to:
The Private Eye, PO Box 646, Lyle, WA 98635)
2. Registration form for PSU credit
Fill in form and email to:
Carol Biskupic Knight

Course Description:
Dandelions! Crickets! Eyeballs! In a unique collaboration between the STEM Center, PSU, and the acclaimed Private Eye Program, elementary teachers will explore how to use this hands-on, interdisciplinary program to rev-up student motivation, enrich content understanding, and heighten critical and creative thinking.

Teachers will apply crosscutting ideas of analogies, patterns, scale and proportion, systems and models, and structure and function throughout science, math, and literacy.

The focus will be on embedding the use of a jeweler's loupe and questioning strategies into STEM content areas, as well as scientific and mathematical practices to enhance students' ability to: 1) develop motivational bridges between content areas; 2) make investigation into content areas simpler, but sophisticated and scholarly; 3) develop students who naturally write-across-the-curriculum with high-level results.

Additionally, teachers will develop lesson plans that incorporate The Private Eye® process and activities to address specific learning targets for elementary students in STEM areas, per the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core for Math and for English Language Arts & Literacy.

As part of a grant, participants receive
a Private Eye Teacher Guide and a set of Private Eye loupes.

Kerry Ruef, Director, Founder, The Private Eye
David Melody, Associate Director, The Private Eye
Carol Biskupic Knight, Director, STEM Teacher Academy

(You can also view the course description in the CEED catalog here.)

Course Fee: $725 Grad
Make payment to The Private Eye Project

PSU / Credit Fee: $165
Make payment to PSU for 3 graduate credits.
(You need to access or set up a student PSU account to make payment.)

Register online or email The Private Eye Project (and mail your check to:
                                                                          The Private Eye, PO Box 646, Lyle, WA 98635)

Contact: Carol Biskupic Knight
for more on credits and tuition reimbursement

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